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Old 06-18-2009, 07:37 AM   #1
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TMJ and posture

I read a thread not too long ago (can't find it now) about feeling like your legs/feet are "off". I automatically feared the worst b4 being diagnosed b/c at the time of diagnosis I was not yet feeling jaw pain.

My main TMJ problems are on the left side of my jaw...they seem to be getting progressively worse and even my right jaw is starting to have problems. Bottom line, I caught an image of myself in the mirror this morning when walking and I noticed my head was a little cocked to the right side (as if "protecting" the left side that is hurting). I am wondering (and I have not had professional aid for this since being diagnosed 6 months ago but have an appt with a specialist on Monday) if that over a long period of time my posture has changed due to my jaw. No wonder my left leg feels "weird". Before I realized what was going on it felt as if it had less weight on it and that I was barely using it...My entire body is putting all of its weight on the "good side" b/c my head is tilted in that direction..

Does anyone else do this?

I figured it is kind of like this...if you hurt your left left and were limping, you would try to put the majority of your weight on your right side. So if I am sticking the left side of my jaw out and my head is tilted to the right it would almost seem normal that I am favoring the right side.

Bottom line, I am realizing that the more research I do, the more TMJ literally affects your entire body! Before all my problems I had this preconceived notion that TMJ just meant you had a sore jaw. Period.

Wow.

 
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Re: TMJ and posture

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I read a thread not too long ago (can't find it now) about feeling like your legs/feet are "off". I automatically feared the worst b4 being diagnosed b/c at the time of diagnosis I was not yet feeling jaw pain.

My main TMJ problems are on the left side of my jaw...they seem to be getting progressively worse and even my right jaw is starting to have problems. Bottom line, I caught an image of myself in the mirror this morning when walking and I noticed my head was a little cocked to the right side (as if "protecting" the left side that is hurting). I am wondering (and I have not had professional aid for this since being diagnosed 6 months ago but have an appt with a specialist on Monday) if that over a long period of time my posture has changed due to my jaw. No wonder my left leg feels "weird". Before I realized what was going on it felt as if it had less weight on it and that I was barely using it...My entire body is putting all of its weight on the "good side" b/c my head is tilted in that direction..

Does anyone else do this?

I figured it is kind of like this...if you hurt your left left and were limping, you would try to put the majority of your weight on your right side. So if I am sticking the left side of my jaw out and my head is tilted to the right it would almost seem normal that I am favoring the right side.

Bottom line, I am realizing that the more research I do, the more TMJ literally affects your entire body! Before all my problems I had this preconceived notion that TMJ just meant you had a sore jaw. Period.

Wow.
Hi--Sorry you are going through all that. I've had the same thing happen to my posture and the leg/ hips stuff really bad since Feb. Tmj affects the whole skeletal system, since your lower jaw is not in the right position, and many other factors may be involved, it will through everything off,,your lower back , neck, etc. When the jaw is having problems, the muscles around it try to compensate and protect it by pulling around the joints, (spasms) --it's natural for them to do that, but it really gets painful . Especially when your neck spasms join in and upper back, etc. Not fun at all. I'm going to a new doctor too on Mon. to see what he has to say. My balance is even off sometimes because of my spine not being in the right alignment . You might also find that you run into things more easily than before you had tmj problems. Good luck with your appt. Don't do anything invasive, and ask a million questions. There is a post somewhere on here about quesitons to ask on your first appt. I have it here at home if you want me to send it. Otherwise, search under the heading "New patient--questions to ask at first visit" PM me if you can't find it and I'll send them to you. Take care--J.

 
Old 06-18-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: TMJ and posture

J--

Thank you a million for posting. You mentioned something that I was not going to bring up, b/c there are some things that have happened to me that I thought are in no way related to TMJ....then the next thing I know is someone mentions it and I realize I am not crazy at all!!!

"You might also find that you run into things more easily than before you had tmj problems."

Oh my goodness! There are a few things that have been happening to me that in the beginning of this nightmare I was just sure I had a brain tumor. Heck, if you look up brain tumor you can see "running into things", "gait is off", etc. If it weren't for the fact that my jaw gets locked open, etc. I'd probably diagnosed myself with a week to live.

Thanks for your words. That is just what I needed to hear today.

By the way, I found this:
If you have a TMJ-musculoskeletal disorder you may experience loss of balance, unstable gait, curved posture, a hunched back, tilted neck, discomfort on standing and sitting, shortness of breath, difficulty taking deep breaths, limited range of movement, chronic fatigue, and indigestion etc.

I was shocked to read the whole shortness of breath thing b/c I have even experienced that, too....

This chronic condition is amazing with the symptoms it produces, but I must say that there is comfort in knowing it is not deathly....atleast for a hypochondraic.

 
Old 06-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #4
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Oh, yeah...please send me the list!

 
Old 06-18-2009, 01:20 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ and posture

This is so weird for me - to now see others putting the puzzle together just like I did 5 yrs ago and realize what started out as tmj can affect the entire body and totally cause it to twist too - amazing and unbelievable - is it not?

It seems there are several names for the same thing: Cranial mandibular cervical disorder aka Dental Distress Syndrome aka Musculo-skeletal dsiorder - generally though its the progression of an untreated bite or structural imbalance that leads to tm joint and jaw dysfuntion and subsequently the subluxation or misalignment of the skeleton which in turn affects muscle function. Not to mention the cranial derangement that can occur (changes in head shape, facial appearance, mispositioning of ear lobes, eyebrows, vertigo and vison distortion).

You guys are twisting into pretzels!

The good news is with the right treatment it can be stopped, reversed and corrected. So hang in there, OK? The right treatment can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

 
Old 06-19-2009, 07:23 AM   #6
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WOW!!! I'm in the same boat. My left side is all out of whack. From my foot, to my head! I have arch problems with my left foot, sciatic nerve pain in my left leg, and my shoulder is lower on my left side. Go figure. . . my TMJ problem is in my left jaw.

I have been using a posture DVD (Posture, Get it Straight) that I got from Amazon that has already helped me incredibly in only a week. I'm starting to straighten out, so I hope that my TMJ treatment will take care of the rest of the problems.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #7
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Oh my goodness, Brian. Now that you mention it about the sciatic nerve in your left leg...do you know that I have actually gone to the doctor b/c I was worried about a blood clot??? They never could figure out what was wrong.

This is unreal.

 
Old 06-20-2009, 03:51 AM   #8
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Re: TMJ and posture

hi everyone,

lately I've been thinking that all of my problems are related to bad posture, which I might have had all my life. recently I have had a neck Xray, which showed arthrosis and straightened neck - now I have tooth pain, jaw pain, neck pain and shoulder pain on the right.... the chiro hasn't helped, actually he made me feel worse.....so I stopped seeing him and now I'm trying to find some softer ways to correct my posture: exercise, anatomic pillow, I bought MBT shoes (actually it feels very comfortable to move in them). I'm going to see a rheumatologist hoping she can send me to physical therapy....

I have noticed something interesting, my jaw does not click in certain positions: when I lie on the anatomic pillow, when I wear the MBTs..... maybe it means something good.
Unfortunately no improvement with the pain ((((

 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:24 AM   #9
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I read a thread not too long ago (can't find it now) about feeling like your legs/feet are "off". I automatically feared the worst b4 being diagnosed b/c at the time of diagnosis I was not yet feeling jaw pain.

My main TMJ problems are on the left side of my jaw...they seem to be getting progressively worse and even my right jaw is starting to have problems. Bottom line, I caught an image of myself in the mirror this morning when walking and I noticed my head was a little cocked to the right side (as if "protecting" the left side that is hurting). I am wondering (and I have not had professional aid for this since being diagnosed 6 months ago but have an appt with a specialist on Monday) if that over a long period of time my posture has changed due to my jaw. No wonder my left leg feels "weird". Before I realized what was going on it felt as if it had less weight on it and that I was barely using it...My entire body is putting all of its weight on the "good side" b/c my head is tilted in that direction..

Does anyone else do this?

I figured it is kind of like this...if you hurt your left left and were limping, you would try to put the majority of your weight on your right side. So if I am sticking the left side of my jaw out and my head is tilted to the right it would almost seem normal that I am favoring the right side.

Bottom line, I am realizing that the more research I do, the more TMJ literally affects your entire body! Before all my problems I had this preconceived notion that TMJ just meant you had a sore jaw. Period.

Wow.
Hi, sorry I haven't read other peoples responses to this so I'm sorry if I'm repeating what others may have said.

I am receiving treatment from an osteopath and specialist dentist in TMJD and both have told me that yes, the rest of my body has been affected due to my jaw. I have a very asymmetrical face so much so that it knocks my confidence! My jaw problem is with the left hand side and my jaw deviates greatly to my right side. the rest of my body is out of whack compensating for my jaw not being in it's correct position.
I suffer with headaches, jaw muscles aches, sinnusitis and neuralgia type pains,shoulder pain and aches, my hips suffer terribly too recently. Also my knees and occassionaly pain and discomofrt in my feet.
TMJD can cause all sorts of symptoms all over the body.

I hope you get help soon.

 
Old 07-05-2009, 09:41 PM   #10
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Re: TMJ and posture

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J--

Thank you a million for posting. You mentioned something that I was not going to bring up, b/c there are some things that have happened to me that I thought are in no way related to TMJ....then the next thing I know is someone mentions it and I realize I am not crazy at all!!!

"You might also find that you run into things more easily than before you had tmj problems."

Oh my goodness! There are a few things that have been happening to me that in the beginning of this nightmare I was just sure I had a brain tumor. Heck, if you look up brain tumor you can see "running into things", "gait is off", etc. If it weren't for the fact that my jaw gets locked open, etc. I'd probably diagnosed myself with a week to live.

Thanks for your words. That is just what I needed to hear today.

By the way, I found this:
If you have a TMJ-musculoskeletal disorder you may experience loss of balance, unstable gait, curved posture, a hunched back, tilted neck, discomfort on standing and sitting, shortness of breath, difficulty taking deep breaths, limited range of movement, chronic fatigue, and indigestion etc.

I was shocked to read the whole shortness of breath thing b/c I have even experienced that, too....

This chronic condition is amazing with the symptoms it produces, but I must say that there is comfort in knowing it is not deathly....atleast for a hypochondraic.
I know I just posted my "novel" in the thread, but I have had all the above and thought I was going crazy until I had my wisdom teeth taken out. I would also add difficulty breathing through the nose and irregular bowel movements to that list.

And to think for the longes time I thought I was imaging things or having several unrelated problems occurring at once.

 
Old 07-10-2009, 11:16 PM   #11
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Hello, can you help with a PM OF the DVD? thank you

 
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