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Old 06-26-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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Is this TMJ?

No one's ever told me that I grind my teeth at night, however, I feel like I have TMJ symptoms. I'm going to the dentist to get an official diagnosis but I'd just like opinions from people that have it.

Symptoms
*I can pop the left side of my jaw in and out
*The right side of my jaw sometimes hurts and when it does I eventually get dull aches in my right ear (it doesn't last long)
*My jaw doesn't hurt all of the time. Sometimes when I'm talking, chewing or singing (that's what happened yesterday) the right of my jaw will suddenly feel like it's tearing and I'll get pain on that side for a few days. This doesn't happen often. Maybe a few times a year.
*If I open my mouth wide enough both sides of my jaw pop (slightly lock up)
*I get ear aches sometime without any jaw pain. The ear aches weren't from swimming or an infection. They're simply random.
*Ringing in ears (rarely)
*Loud clicking/popping noise in ears when swallowing (this is all the time). I've had it for so long that I've gotten used to it. When I was young I thought it was normal to have this but now I know it isn't
*My throat sounds so loud when I swallow. Kind of like clicking. When I'm swallowing I feel like the noises my throat makes are amplified.
*Vertigo. I had it bad for a couple months about three years ago. I would get it everytime I stood up. Now it's just from time to time. But when I do get it it's bad. I get stars in my eyes (so much that my vision is almost black for a few seconds) and a warm feeling in my ears

Other random things that may be related are I constantly feel like I have mucus in my throat (this probably isn't related but oh well) and lower back pain after bending (even for short amounts of time). The worst pain I ever had in my jaw happened maybe 8 months ago. The whole right side from my ear, through my jaw and down to the right side of my throat hurt. Whenever I swallowed only the right side of my throat hurt, not the left (which I thought was weird!)

Sorry this is so long!

 
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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Re: Is this TMJ?

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Originally Posted by xoxopr0ud View Post
No one's ever told me that I grind my teeth at night, however, I feel like I have TMJ symptoms. I'm going to the dentist to get an official diagnosis but I'd just like opinions from people that have it.

Symptoms
*I can pop the left side of my jaw in and out
*The right side of my jaw sometimes hurts and when it does I eventually get dull aches in my right ear (it doesn't last long)
*My jaw doesn't hurt all of the time. Sometimes when I'm talking, chewing or singing (that's what happened yesterday) the right of my jaw will suddenly feel like it's tearing and I'll get pain on that side for a few days. This doesn't happen often. Maybe a few times a year.
*If I open my mouth wide enough both sides of my jaw pop (slightly lock up)
*I get ear aches sometime without any jaw pain. The ear aches weren't from swimming or an infection. They're simply random.
*Ringing in ears (rarely)
*Loud clicking/popping noise in ears when swallowing (this is all the time). I've had it for so long that I've gotten used to it. When I was young I thought it was normal to have this but now I know it isn't
*My throat sounds so loud when I swallow. Kind of like clicking. When I'm swallowing I feel like the noises my throat makes are amplified.
*Vertigo. I had it bad for a couple months about three years ago. I would get it everytime I stood up. Now it's just from time to time. But when I do get it it's bad. I get stars in my eyes (so much that my vision is almost black for a few seconds) and a warm feeling in my ears

Other random things that may be related are I constantly feel like I have mucus in my throat (this probably isn't related but oh well) and lower back pain after bending (even for short amounts of time). The worst pain I ever had in my jaw happened maybe 8 months ago. The whole right side from my ear, through my jaw and down to the right side of my throat hurt. Whenever I swallowed only the right side of my throat hurt, not the left (which I thought was weird!)

Sorry this is so long!
hI--Sorry all your symptoms, it definitely sounds like tmj. Please find a specialist in your area that hopefully belongs to these 3 associations:
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
American Academy Asoc. for Functional Orthodics--You will get the best care I believe with someone going this route. The earlier you get treatment with someone qualified, the easier it is to treat. Whatever you do, get a few opinions, and never let anyone do anything irreversable right off the bat, (crowns, equillibrium, braces, surgery, etc.) Good luck...J.

 
Old 06-27-2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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Re: Is this TMJ?

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Originally Posted by xoxopr0ud View Post
No one's ever told me that I grind my teeth at night, however, I feel like I have TMJ symptoms. I'm going to the dentist to get an official diagnosis but I'd just like opinions from people that have it.

Symptoms
*I can pop the left side of my jaw in and out
*The right side of my jaw sometimes hurts and when it does I eventually get dull aches in my right ear (it doesn't last long)
*My jaw doesn't hurt all of the time. Sometimes when I'm talking, chewing or singing (that's what happened yesterday) the right of my jaw will suddenly feel like it's tearing and I'll get pain on that side for a few days. This doesn't happen often. Maybe a few times a year.
*If I open my mouth wide enough both sides of my jaw pop (slightly lock up)
*I get ear aches sometime without any jaw pain. The ear aches weren't from swimming or an infection. They're simply random.
*Ringing in ears (rarely)
*Loud clicking/popping noise in ears when swallowing (this is all the time). I've had it for so long that I've gotten used to it. When I was young I thought it was normal to have this but now I know it isn't
*My throat sounds so loud when I swallow. Kind of like clicking. When I'm swallowing I feel like the noises my throat makes are amplified.
*Vertigo. I had it bad for a couple months about three years ago. I would get it everytime I stood up. Now it's just from time to time. But when I do get it it's bad. I get stars in my eyes (so much that my vision is almost black for a few seconds) and a warm feeling in my ears

Other random things that may be related are I constantly feel like I have mucus in my throat (this probably isn't related but oh well) and lower back pain after bending (even for short amounts of time). The worst pain I ever had in my jaw happened maybe 8 months ago. The whole right side from my ear, through my jaw and down to the right side of my throat hurt. Whenever I swallowed only the right side of my throat hurt, not the left (which I thought was weird!)

Sorry this is so long!
PS--Post where you live, and maybe you can get a referral from somebody. Also, look on the great tmj doctors thread at the top of the page.

 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:01 PM   #4
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Re: Is this TMJ?

Thanks! I live in Cincinnati, OH

 
Old 07-10-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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Re: Is this TMJ?

I have the same question as the original poster???

For the past 2 years my left jaw makes an unbelievable clicking/popping noise every time I yawn, open my mouth wide whilst eating. It happens at least every 20 mins or so when I open my mouth widely.

It's doing my head in!!!

I went to my doctor 2 years ago when it first happened and he advised me to go to a dentist.

My husband told me that I have been grinding my teeth at night and I have also lost 2 fillings that I have put down to the teeth grinding.

The dentist looked and told me there was no problem.

At first 2 years ago I used to feel pressure building up which caused me to have to open my mouth wide to pop the jaw to relieve. I don't know if the pressure has relieved or if I have gotten used to it, because now I only pop the jaw every two hours or so.

I have no other symptoms such as pain or headaches apart from the loud clicking/popping noise. Sometimes when I click/open the jaw I can feel it really move kind of in a grating movement.

I am 35 and am worried that if left it could cause me major problems in the future or even possibly lock some day.

What would ye guys advise??

Sorry for the long winded post

 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:04 PM   #6
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Re: Is this TMJ?

wiselyn: Go see a dentist who specializes in tmj. Don't trust the opinion of a general dentist. You can have tmj dysfunction with or without pain, with or without popping. There is absolutely no set list of symptoms for tmjd.

If your jaw is dislocating due to tmj dysfunction, it will not get better on its own.

 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:34 PM   #7
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Re: Is this TMJ?

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I have the same question as the original poster???

For the past 2 years my left jaw makes an unbelievable clicking/popping noise every time I yawn, open my mouth wide whilst eating. It happens at least every 20 mins or so when I open my mouth widely.

It's doing my head in!!!

I went to my doctor 2 years ago when it first happened and he advised me to go to a dentist.

My husband told me that I have been grinding my teeth at night and I have also lost 2 fillings that I have put down to the teeth grinding.

The dentist looked and told me there was no problem.

At first 2 years ago I used to feel pressure building up which caused me to have to open my mouth wide to pop the jaw to relieve. I don't know if the pressure has relieved or if I have gotten used to it, because now I only pop the jaw every two hours or so.

I have no other symptoms such as pain or headaches apart from the loud clicking/popping noise. Sometimes when I click/open the jaw I can feel it really move kind of in a grating movement.

I am 35 and am worried that if left it could cause me major problems in the future or even possibly lock some day.

What would ye guys advise??

Sorry for the long winded post
HI--I agree--you definitely need to find a qualified tmj specialist in your area. Look at the great tmj doc. thread at the top of the tmj page and see if anyone is near you. They should belong to the American Academy of Craniofacial pain, American Academy of Orofacial pain, and the AMerican Academy of Functional Orthodontics. Did you post where you live? Maybe someone can give you a good referral. Read as much as you can, and don't go to an oral surgeon, you need a tmj specialist. ----Jill.

 
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Re: Is this TMJ?

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Thanks! I live in Cincinnati, OH
I just started treatment with my doctor in Middleton, Wi. I will let you know how it progresses. He's been treating tmj for 20yrs.. and i'm pretty confident he can help my case. If you are willing to travel, I can give you his name. Otherwise, call orthodontists in your area and see who they refer tmj cases to and see who's name is repeated the most. Get referrals from patients, and make sure that they belong to these 3 associations,
1. American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
2. American Academy of Orofacial Pain
3. American Academy of Functional Orthodontists
Let me know if you have any questions...J.

 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:47 PM   #9
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Re: Is this TMJ?

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I have the same question as the original poster???

For the past 2 years my left jaw makes an unbelievable clicking/popping noise every time I yawn, open my mouth wide whilst eating. It happens at least every 20 mins or so when I open my mouth widely.

It's doing my head in!!!

I went to my doctor 2 years ago when it first happened and he advised me to go to a dentist.

My husband told me that I have been grinding my teeth at night and I have also lost 2 fillings that I have put down to the teeth grinding.

The dentist looked and told me there was no problem.

At first 2 years ago I used to feel pressure building up which caused me to have to open my mouth wide to pop the jaw to relieve. I don't know if the pressure has relieved or if I have gotten used to it, because now I only pop the jaw every two hours or so.

I have no other symptoms such as pain or headaches apart from the loud clicking/popping noise. Sometimes when I click/open the jaw I can feel it really move kind of in a grating movement.

I am 35 and am worried that if left it could cause me major problems in the future or even possibly lock some day.

What would ye guys advise??

Sorry for the long winded post
Where do you live? Maybe someone can give you a good referral?

 
Old 07-14-2009, 10:57 AM   #10
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Re: Is this TMJ?

Hi there guys,

I live in Galway in the West of Ireland.
I'm not sure if we have TMJ specialists but am gonna do a search now to see if I can find any.
Thanks for you're advice

Not sure of many things but I do know that my jaw should not be making clicking/grinding noises when I open my mouth when yawning or eating

 
Old 07-14-2009, 12:06 PM   #11
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Re: Is this TMJ?

I think Pipdog is from Ireland - I think he is seeing someone in the UK (London) now - but maybe he can refer you to some drs or suggest some in your country. Maybe you should do an Advanced Search in this forum under his user name to see some of his previous posts.

 
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I think Pipdog is from Ireland - I think he is seeing someone in the UK (London) now - but maybe he can refer you to some drs or suggest some in your country. Maybe you should do an Advanced Search in this forum under his user name to see some of his previous posts.
Thank you Thelma-Louise
Will do that

 
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