Re: Can anyone give me their splint success stories?
Hi Miss Headache,
I'm in my 7th month of splint therapy - the 1st month with my new splint.
My initial splint helped relieve lots of the ear symptoms like popping / fullness and the tension / tightness in my left temple. But I also developed more symptoms (maybe not due to the splint???) like muscle spasm in back, neck, shoulders and twitching in my legs and arms. It also didn't help w/ dizziness and sinus issues. Also my jaw started to develop that crunching sound (crepitus) - weird since splints are supposed to protect against that.
I saw a 2nd TMJ dentist and he said that I should be wearing the splint even while eating. I started doing this... and started to feel better - less dizziness, less muscle problems, less sinus problems. I would say that I was 60% better. I could manage at work and even attend social events!
I switched to the 2nd TMJ dentist for treatment. He made me a new splint. I've been wearing it for 3 weeks and am feeling worse. Not a complete regression, but lots of the muscle problems are creeping back up as well as the dizziness. If I was 60% better before, now I'm back to 40%. I will see him Wednesday and let him know... also will begin trigger point injections.
Anyhow, that's my story to this point. I guess my point is that progress is not necessarily a straight line w/ splints and if things don't improve you have to keep investigating other approaches to the problem including other splints, PT, chiro, osteopath, massage, yoga, crainalsacral therapy, acupuncture etc. I've tried all those I've listed....