Need some help/advice please.
I had had popping/clicking in my jaw since I was about 18 (now 37). I never did anything about it bc my mom also has tmj and I figured that was not so bad a thing to live with back then. The past couple years I have had headaches- when I went to my docs I was always told they were sinus/migraine. I do have allergy/sinus troubles so I kinda just dealt with it. I now have a different really bad headache/pain around my left eye-which is where my clicking/popping is and when i open my mouth thats the side my jaw goes towards. Hope that makes sense. Years ago a dentist asked me if I had headaches bc he said i have tmj but back then I did not have headaches just the popping/clicking which wasn't so bad. I was used to it. Wish I knew then what i know now!!
My eye hurts so bad, feels pressure like and that eye is almost teary. I also have neck/shoulder pain, sensitivity to light, ear pain, ear feeling full, teeth and jaw pain, dizziness,off balance feeling and a slew of other symptoms which I never would have thought could be related to TMJ-just saw them listed in the sticky here. I have been taking aleve, advil with no pain relief.I have felt bad for a couple weeks now with days with severe pain and some days with a little dull pain, that i could forget if I was busy. I have started moist heat on the area which helps a little. I am going to start eating soft foods today now that i think the pain is from my tmj.
Should I go to my regular dentist or try to find a tmj specialist in my area? When I have mentioned it to my dentist he kept saying i needed to finish my fillings ( I had quite a few to do over a year and a half) now I am done with fillings. I also had some older fillings restored. Could that have irritated my tmj?! He said he would make me a splint for teeth grinding which my hubby tells me I do at night. I really do not feel like he took me seriously when I mentioned tmj. How do I go about finding a specialist in my area also? Sorry this is so long. I really hope to find some answers and a solution to why I have been in pain for so many years. This seems like a wonderful place to start. Thanks
Last edited by Jess124; 08-24-2007 at 12:15 PM.
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