I have a question abt being dizzy from TMJ. It has probably been discussed before, so I apologize if I am asking an old question. I was wondering how bad it can get. I don't feel like the room is spinning kind of dizziness, just a not right, kind of 'swimmy headed' feeling. Does this sound normal? Is there anything that helps it stop? Out of everything TMJ comes with, this one gives me the most worry. Thanks for your time....Amy
I have the same feeling. I can function, but i feel "cloudy headed", almost unable to focus or concentrate. I have it regularly, and it becomes worse after chewing, which makes sense because the chewing is aggravating whatever is causing my problem, whether it be compressed TM joints, or bad bite or whatever. My symptoms are neck and shoulder pain (severe), teeth pain and sensitivity, disorientation and jaw pain. Still looking for a good doc.
I also suffer from “strange episodes” where I am not really dizzy, like the room is spinning, but a more lightheaded/like I could tip over type of feeling. Sometimes I just do not feel right and that worries me more than headaches.
I just wanted to say... I'm someone who's been diagnosed with M.A.V. (migraineous associated dizziness)...YET.. I'm a definite jaw clencher. I've never been DXd officially with TMJ... but...I've been a clencher my whole adult life... BUT...I'm someone who does it actively during the day... in regards to stress, etc... (i.e. I know, consciously, when I'm doing it) ... AND...it's been at the point the past few years where -the second I begin to clench- ... it flares up my dizzy feelings like that!! I, too, have never had a vertigo-esq/spinning, feeling, whatsoever. My dizziness has always been more of a feeling of being kinda drunk, light-headed... a 'whirly' feeling in my head. Also kinda like I 'feel' the dizziness in my eyes... if that makes sense. And if I'm in a store with flouresecent lights/crowds... it's worse (they -the docs- say that's classic migraineous symptoms) It also affects me kinda visually too.. giving me a slightly off-balance sense... like I kinda have the wrong contact lens in one eye (though not THAT extreme) ... and things look extra bright/contrasty and aggitating... adding to the dizzy feeling in my head... that I finally just have to close my eyes cause it gets me feeling really fatigued (also a migraneous symptom)... but again... it all gets exacerrbated from clenching. I stopped getting classic migraine headaches a while ago (because they put me on a migraine preventative drug) ... but the dizziness aspect is still completey there. (An interesting sidenote... up until 3 years ago... while I had always clenched for years ... I had never had dizziness issues... just a few classic migraine head-aches 1-2 times/year thourgh most of my life... then -it segued into this dizziness garbage..and... VERY consistently...RARELY letting up...almost -I feel-...(as strange as this may sound)...like with all those years of clenching... it finally reached a point where I like I like 'burned out' the nerves or something?! My one specialist/doc said... that there is a theory out there that talks about how clenching one's jaw can actually activate/trigger in the brain the very chemical which is prominent in migraine headaches... thus the dizziness. So... there you have it. Just curious if the description of my symptoms has resonated with anyone... AND..if any of you wear the NIT when you sleep... and -if so- if you think it's helped?
Thank you all for listening!!!
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Matt I know what you mean you sound just like me.... especially with the lighting thing it bothers me too to the point where i only go out if necessary. I have worn a night guard when i sleep for 3 months now and i find the headaches have gone but not the dizzies =( I would rather have kept the headaches and lost the dizzies if i had a choice heh
Hey... sorry to hear about that, MLZ. I've heard mixed things about the NIT. I don't know how much I really clench in my sleep. I've always been an active/conscious clencher... (I know when I'm doing it during the day, etc)... and it's then I experience that dizzy feeling. I don't wake up dizzy. Also... like I said... since I started taking the migraine preventative drug... the 'classic migraine headaches' have stopped. The only thing I was wondering about wearing a NIT during sleep was - if for someone like me - it would help to stopping me clench during active day houes like I've discussed.
I clench during the day, too. I wear a splint 24/7. It helps with the dizziness and makes me aware of my clenching.
Wearing the splint only at night didn't help me clenching during the day, so I have a MORA splint now to wear 24/7 and it works great. My symptoms are about 85% gone.
You can search MORA splint or GELB splint on the web. It's clear acrylic over my bottom teeth attached with a peice of metal. It's very small, and easy to wear during the day. Similar to a retainer.
My dizziness was exactly like you described, then one day I had a BAD Vertigo spell, then more spaced out feeling, then I went for testing and eventually the splint. This all happened over a 2 year period!
But I feel much better now. I still get random days of dizziness, which I notice happens more when I've been staring at the computer for too long. Either leaning my hand on my chin or stretching my neck out staring at the screen. Both TMJ no no's!!
JellyB 3~just read your post and am going to research the splints you talked about but when you mentioned leaning on your chin, stretching your neck to see computer ~~my lord I was sitting here reading your post doing that ! I was diagnosed with TMJ many, many years ago and the joint was in bad shape then. Was put in a splint which I wore 24 hrs. a day. My big problem is I have dentures and finally got a new set 2 yrs. ago and the past few months I am starting the dizzy spells, headaches, neck/shoulder pain, and messed up vision along with watery eyes. I suffer from anxiety also so was going off the deep end thinking AGAIN it was some horrible disease, not at all downplaying the TMJ, it's horrific. Thanks for listening to me and I may give my dentist a call and see what he says, he is very good and knowledgeable with TMJ..Good luck to you