Re: Wisdow Tooth extraction
I've been living with severe TMJ pain ever since I got wisdom teeth extracted about 4 years ago. I saw a doctor that specializes in TMJ that told me it seemed like the surgeon opened my mouth too far during the surgery and tore the muscles in the temporomandibular joint. Since I was under general anesthesia, I was asleep for the surgery and couldn't tell them not to open my mouth that far. I get severe headaches when the TMJ gets really bad, but I did not go through treatment because it totaled over $2000 and my insurance refuses to cover it. Tried both dental and medical, neither will cover it. The only thing I've had success with is taking Xanaflex, a muscle relaxer, which the doctor prescribed because I was in constant pain and couldn't afford the usual treatment. The down side is that it puts me to sleep and if I force myself to stay awake, it feels like I'm drunk. So I only take it on my worst days before I go to bed. But it basically relaxes all the muscles in my face while I sleep, so when I wake up I feel no soreness and I usually have a couple good days before I need to take it again.