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Old 06-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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The side you have the pain on is not the side the problem is on?

Can anybody substantiate this claim: that the side you have the pain on is not the side the problem is on, reason being that because the joints move in unison the disc displacement on say the right will transfer over to the left and cause the problems there?

Is this nuts or does it make any sense?

Old 06-23-2009, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: The side you have the pain on is not the side the problem is on?

I have been told this by many drs too - the pain experienced on the "good" or functional side is actually due to the extra burden it is enduring as a result of the other side not functioning correctly. It kind of makes sense as my clicking is on the right side yet all the pain is on my left. Now several years into this - my left side now feels better - but now my right side hurts and the joint still clicks only when I chew. I think one would experience this more if it is more of a bite problem in which the the load of the bite is not properly balanced.

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Old 06-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #3
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Re: The side you have the pain on is not the side the problem is on?

It's true for me. The more displaced side is my right with little pain, but the left side is always painful.

Old 06-24-2009, 10:44 PM   #4
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Re: The side you have the pain on is not the side the problem is on?


My left disc was out of place, now i believe it is back in, (with the right possibly being out of place now).

The left is the "good" one, but I get stabbing pains in my skull on the left side of my head towards the bottom of the head.

I dont usually get them on my right side near the "bad" joint.

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