i have noticed that my left tmj hurts very badly after i look down for about 5 mintues or longer at one time. when i try to study, i can only look down for a few minutes and then the pain starts up. it feels better to then look up at the ceiling for a few minutes and then i can look down again for a few more. is my joint hurting because the disc is out of place? my doctor told me the joint is inflamed also, could this be another reason why it hurts to look down?
Yes I get this as well. If i'm looking straight down and reading for about 5 mintues the pain in my jaw gets alot worse to the point where I have to stop reading. I'm pleased I saw this topic and the "shower" topic because I thought this was only happening too me.
I also get pain when I look down for a while and I had to learn how to read in bed because it was almost impossible to read for more than 5 min. As for the shower .. For me it actually feels better!!! But to go out in the wind its horrible! TMJ is really complicated and it reflects differently in each one of us.. even if some of the symptoms are commun.. Nevertheless I think its great that we exchange these feelings so we dont feel so "weird" if I may call it that..
As for the shower .. For me it actually feels better!!!
I'm the same like I said in the other topic, I find that a hot shower really helps the pain while I'm in it. But after being out of the shower for a while I find that the pain comes back even worse then it was before I had the shower. Like you said though tmj reflects differently in each one of us. And it is good that we can exchange these feelings so we don't feel so "weird". This forum does help becuase I don't know anyone who has tmj.
I feel the same about these exchanges of experiences because like you I feel so lonley with nobody to share my experiences .. the bad and the good.I dont know anybody with TMj and my best friend is my dentist .... I get the feeling that it feels worse for you after the shower because you may have an inflamation in the area and the heat doesnt help.In my case I have been at this for the past 2 years with a 24/7 splint because I wore out the condyle but I no longer have an inflamation of the muscle .. on the other hand the cold makes me worse.. Like I say as a joke.. I came with an instruction manual and I miss being a normal and carefree person. Thank good for this forum which took me a long time to find because I am in Europe and nobody talks about TMJ ... Now I am about to start a new phase of my treatment and we are supposed to work on the removal of the splint and do brace work and alignment .. I am a bit scared but hopefull....
Take care and keep in touch
It must be very helpful having your best friend being a dentist! I live in the u.k and there isn't much help for tmj here. I always tell myself that my tmj will get better tomorrow or next week but it never does, it has been about 6 years now I think. You are probably right about the imflamation, all my pain is from a trigger point in my lower jaw. I have read in a tmj book that a nasal obstruction can cause this trigger point pain. I have a lump up my nose(on the painful side)from nasal surgey six years ago so this is my latest theory as to what is causing my pain. I am waiting to see a ear, nose and throat specialist about the lump. People tell me that they can't see how a lump up the nose can cause jaw pain but that is what the book say's. If the lump is causing my pain then I will be both very pleased and angry! I really hope your new phase of treatmeant goes well and like you say stay hopeful! Are you in alot of pain? I don't use my mouth guard anymore.
Thanks for your reply. I also live in Europe .. further down in Portugal and I think its even worse here than in the UK.. I had a realy hard time finding a dentist to follow me up with this TMJ thing... they all seem to dismiss it as a minor problem.. and as you know its not..
I am no longer in a lot of pain because I do a lot of exercices for my face, I sing, I massage etc.. whatever works for me.. I try everything but it changes all the time.. What works one month makes me worse another..
I no longer use conventional medication because I couldnt stand it anymore.. I am on homeopathic stuff and it works well for me. I wear a 24/7 splint and I am at the point of revearsal. My dentist wants to start to remove the splint and align the teeth .. We will see how it works..
As for you I can actually see that a lump can cause a problem because as far as I can understand all our muscles are connected and work as one .. if you are crooked because there is something pushing in your face muscles.. its such a sensitive area .
Hope they find the source of your problems if not .. dont give up..