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Old 11-08-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Hello,

I have been living with a numb jaw/cheeks sensation for about 5 years now and it is starting to really aggrivate me as I cant find a cure for it. I first though I had TMJ and then blamed wisdom teeth. The wisdom teetch have been removed and TMJ is not a believable reason to me at this time. I mainly get the sensation when I meet new people or in an uncomfortable environment. I came to a conclusion it is caused from stress.

I tried self medicating myself since no doctor was able to diagnose this problem. I took, XANAX, KOLONOPIN and other anti anxiety muscle relaxer pills. They are all short term solutions and I dont want to take them all my life. Also, i went to the dentist and was prescribed a mouth guard because I have been grinding my teeth for a very long time and it is starting to show.

I read some posts and did see people experiencing my problem and are pretty shocked and puzzled themselves. I wish someone can give me a solution as I completely ran out of hope to get rid of this symptom. Im in good healthy shape and am very athletic.

Please help someone as it is inteferring with my world and I hope I can be an example for someone else's questions.

 
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi Alex~

Have you been to the Dr for any testing? Numbness can be caused from so many things. Is that your only symptom?

I have chiari malformation and get numbness and stinging in my face constantly. I am currently taking several medications but none have alieviated this symptom. Stressful situations do make mine worse.

Self medicating is probobly not your best bet. My Dr always says that taking medication with out first finding a cause is like putting a bandaid on. When you take off the bandaid, its still there.

I hope you can get some answers soon.

Take care

Cindy

 
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:21 PM   #3
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Cindy,

I have been to the doctor but almost everyone of them is more clueless than me. Strange, isnt it? When i move my jaw up and down, it sometimes makes a cracking noise from the muscles being so tense and tight. Like I said, it almost feels like Im living the nightmare by myself.

 
Old 11-09-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Alex,

I posted a response but it must have gotten lost in cyberland, sorry!

Unexplained TMJ symptoms are often caused by Lyme Disease...you might want to check out the Lyme Boards.

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:42 AM   #5
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi Alex~

It is so very frustrating when you know something isn't right and Dr's aren't finding the problem. I went through this myself for a very long time prior to my diagnosis and it begins to feel like your nuts But if you definately know something is wrong, you have to be your own health advocate and search until you find the source. It took me a long time but I finally did find my own illness out and brought it to my dr's and they confirmed and admitted it was missed on my MRI.

Is the jaw and facial numbness your only symptoms? The numbness sounds like neuropothy(sp) and the jaw clicking does sound TMJ related. But it could be something else totally not related.

I know what your going through and its hard. But hang in there

Cindy

 
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Alex,

You may find the following post interesting because Jerry has a problem similar to yours...

<a href="http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=626843">My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?</a>


This post is currently on the General Health boards.

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Old 11-12-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
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Stiff Jaw/Cheeks Pain / Anxiety

Hello,

I have been living with a numb jaw/cheeks sensation for about 5 years now and it is starting to really aggrivate me as I cant find a cure for it. I first though I had TMJ and then blamed wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth have been removed and TMJ is not a believable reason to me at this time. I mainly get the sensation when I meet new people or in an uncomfortable environment. I came to a conclusion it is caused from stress.

I tried self medicating myself since no doctor was able to diagnose this problem. I took, XANAX, KOLONOPIN and other anti anxiety muscle relaxer pills. They are all short term solutions and I dont want to take them all my life. Also, i went to the dentist and was prescribed a mouth guard because I have been grinding my teeth for a very long time and it is starting to show.

I read some posts and did see people experiencing my problem and are pretty shocked and puzzled themselves. I wish someone can give me a solution as I completely ran out of hope to get rid of this symptom. Im in good healthy shape and am very athletic.

Please if someone can point me into the right direction, I would really appreciate it. Here are my symptoms:


Sore/stiff/popping jaw almost like TMJ
Intense, chronic headaches (blinding stabbing pains/pressure)
loss of ability to problem solve/make decisions (produces anxiety attacks)
cannot follow conversation becomes to overstimulated/complex for me
inability to concentrate
loss of vision in both eyes (gradually came back - now have multiple images/floaters/auras/after images/grainy-fuzzy vision in both)
vertigo/dizziness
extreme mood swings
no patience
intolerable of exercise, alcohol, or sugar....increases severity of all symptoms ridiculosuly.
Negative thoughts
Anxiety

 
Old 11-12-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Beth,

Thank you for your help, and hopefully we can resolve this issue soon. I have lived with this for sometime and my hope is running low. However, I will fight till the end...

Alex

 
Old 11-12-2008, 09:07 PM   #9
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Cindy,

If you find anything out or new that can help me with my situation, please let me know.

These are my symptoms:

Sore/stiff/popping jaw almost like TMJ
Intense, chronic headaches (blinding stabbing pains/pressure)
loss of ability to problem solve/make decisions (produces anxiety attacks)
cannot follow conversation becomes to overstimulated/complex for me
inability to concentrate
loss of vision in both eyes (gradually came back - now have multiple images/floaters/auras/after images/grainy-fuzzy vision in both)
vertigo/dizziness
extreme mood swings
no patience
intolerable of exercise, alcohol, or sugar....increases severity of all symptoms ridiculosuly.
Negative thoughts
Anxiety




Thank you,

 
Old 11-12-2008, 11:12 PM   #10
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Re: Stiff Jaw/Cheeks Pain / Anxiety

Your symptoms are common with tmj and the fact that you grind your teeth also would indicate there is an issue with your bite so I wouldn't rule out tmj - most conditions are aggravated by anxiety or stress - that is pretty normal as well. There is a full list of tmj symptoms listed at the top of this forum if you are interested in reviewing it. TMJ is known as the "great imposter" since many of its symptoms mimic that of other medical conditions or syndromes so some sufferers tend to go down the medical route first - seeing various drs and specialists (neurologists, endocrinologists, ENTs, etc) and having various tests done (blood work, MRIs, CT scans,etc) to rule out other causes first and once that is done they then may consult with tmj dentists - aka neuromuscular dentists, holistic dentists, even orthodontists - and for some oral surgeons.

With that said however it is quite possible or plausible that you are experiencing a physical manifestation of anxiety - especially if you are only experiencing the symptoms when confronted with the situations or circumstances you have mentioned - so you may want to look into biofeedback and other anxiety reducing and behavioral remodeling types of self treatment or seek professional treatment by trained therapists - sometimes these types of treatments coupled with low dose anti-depressants can help the body's response mechanisms to not over respond to stress or anxiety and over time they may return to normal.

You may want to at least consult with a tmj dentist or specialist and have a MRI or tomogram or CT scan done of your jaws to see if there is a physical cause of your symptoms (such as a displaced disc or joint positioning issue) or if your bite is, in some way, triggering your symptoms - it could be when you are stressed your jaw is pulling backwards as you clench or grind in response to the situation, and in doing so, is affecting your neuromuscular functioning.

 
Old 11-12-2008, 11:13 PM   #11
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi Alex~

I can honestly say that I experience all of your symptoms. There are many things this can be that is causing this to happen. The toughest thing will be that if you express all of these symptoms to a Dr, they will quickly conclude that your symptoms are anxiety related. If they can't find a physical cause they will pass it on to anxiety, which can be very frustrating. So many of us have had this happen, including myself.

I have a really hard time with decision making and problem solving too. And I get that over stimulated response. Then my head pain increases. Its really hard to explain this to others with out sounding like a nut. I have had to pass on all the finance stuff like making out the bills, that sort of thing, to my husband. It just makes my brain spin. I don't think he understands what I'm experiencing and just does it

If I were you, I would focus on the symptoms such as the severe headache, eye issues, dizziness and vertigo when your explaining this to a Dr. Those are real physical symptoms that would be taken more seriously. Please know that I'm not saying your other symptoms aren't real because I experience these as well. But in order to be taken seriously, I wouldn't focus so much on the emotional stuff while your searching for answers. Though these things can be as disabling as the others.

I wish I had more answers for you. The best advice I can offer is if things aren't improving, don't give up and be persistant. It takes alot of time and energy but my dr once told me to convince the neurologist there was really a problem. I asked him how I do that and he said "crazy people give up" . That made sense to me and I pushed until I got my answers. I had to figure it out myself, unfortunately but at least now I know my symptoms were real.

Hang in there!!

Cindy

 
Old 11-13-2008, 04:30 AM   #12
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

Alex,

Welcome to the boards!!

You have many of the symptoms of Lyme Disease which is difficult to diagnose...check out the Lyme Boards.

Good luck!

Bethsheba

 
Old 11-14-2008, 03:51 AM   #13
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Re: My Ridiculous 6 Year Health Problem: So The Jaw Is Responsible?

AlexMiami, do you have constant tightness around either the left or right side of your forehead/head that causes such tightness around one of your eyes that it causes you to always perceive your nose as two 'separate shadowy images'.

The left side of my head/forehead is constantly tight and this affects my left eye as I assume this means it can't open properly so it causes me to constantly perceive the two side of my nose as two separate shadowy transparent images and this is absolutely the most frustrating result of my health problem because I've had this weird perception of my nose since about mid 2002 and since its a constant visual reminder of my problem is the most frustrating aspect of this problem (also what is so frustrating is that no one seems to understand this when I try to explain it). Because of the constant tightness, as well as this weird perception of my nose, I also sometimes find it difficult to properly concentrate and feel like I'm just "waiting" to get better before I have all my faculties working again so I can feel mentally stimulated and do what I really want to do with life. It's often very depressing because I feel like trying to resolve this problem is my prime objective to the detriment of any academic and social life (and because this has been going on for more than 6 years that makes it all the more depressing).

So what I really hope to achieve is to decrease, or hopefully comepletely eradicate, this constant tightness along the left side of my head/forehead so that I no longer have this bizarre perception of my nose.

My jaw specialist currently has me on clonazepam and I will keep taking this until my appointment with the 'Infectious disease unit' at a major hospital in my city (If by my appointment, on Nov.27, if the clonazepam hasn't worked by then then I know it won't work) to discover if this is lyme disease or another infectious disease.

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Old 11-14-2008, 11:04 AM   #14
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Re: Stiff Jaw/Cheeks Pain / Anxiety

Hello,

Thank you for your reply and advice. I have went to my doctors and he prescrived me Buspirone since many of my symtoms are related with Anxiety. I will see how I feel in the next two to three weeks and will update the foums with my results.

Alex

 
Old 11-14-2008, 11:08 AM   #15
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Re: Anxiety and Numb Jaw cheeks / PLEASE HELP!!!

Cindy,

UHH IT is so frustrating but I willdo some test to see what is causing the physical complications. The funny thing is, I think all the tests will be normal and once again i will hear "its all in my head". Im in the Finance Industry and I guess streess could be a good reason...

Alex

 
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