I have a question that I hope someone can help me with. Can the majority of TMJ symptoms affect only one side of the head and neck? I have been having pain on the right side of my head for the last year and a half. The symptoms are: eye pain (behind the eye and above it) with blurred vision at times,bloodshot eyes, sore teeth, temple pain, ear pain and itching, feeling of fluid and fullness in the ear, ringing in both ears, pain under the jaw line near the ear, sore throat, feeling of that something is stuck in my throat, problems swallowing, and pressure on my throat, pain at the base of the skull that radiates down my neck and into my upper back and shoulder, numbness of the finger tips on both sides, a sore itchy scalp, and occassional jaw popping and locking, insomnia, teeth clenching. Almost all of these symptoms are exclusive to the right side except ringing in the ears, sore teeth, teeth clenching, occassional jaw popping and locking, and sore itchy scalp.
I have had a CT scan of the brain, sinus' and my neck and all have come back negative except the sinus scan showed a mucous retention cyst in the maxillary sinus. I have also had extensive blood work done that was also negative. Yesterday I saw a different ENT then before and he told me that I had TMJ and he wanted me to go see an oral surgeon that specializes in TMJ.
It could be TMJ, because about the time the problems started happening my son had stood up and accidently hit me in the jaw. I had never been hit in the jaw that hard before. It hurt real bad in the area of my right ear at the time and the pain went away in about 5 minutes. I didn't feel anything more for the next week or so. Hence I had forgot about it. The problems started probably two or three weeks later.
I know a lot of things seem to fit a TMJ diagnosis, but I have never heard of someone having TMJ with symptoms primarily on one side. I know a few people that have TMJ and none of them have heard of this. The ENT did not know the answer either. Does anyone know if it can affect primarily one side?