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Old 06-28-2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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Could this be a case of TMJ?

Nearly six months ago I was having trouble with my right ear, and eventually turned out to be an infection. During this time, there was a pulling sensation inside the ear whenever I would chew hard or shift the jaw forward a little, and still do. Sometimes the joint of the jaw itself would feel slightly sore, and I would put minor pressure on it if it gave any trouble - sometimes it would "pop" immediately afterwards, proceeded by a crackling noise, and sometimes it felt as though the jaw itself was being restricted when moving it forward.
This apparently did not catch my attention at the time.

Eventually I scheduled an appointment while I was on vacation in Florida. The doctor had confirmed that I did indeed have an ear infection without an visible discharge, and prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics. Needless to say, the antibiotics did not help.

Fast-forward three months later (April):

As I was about to head home from work for the day, I was in the process of bending down to pick something up off the floor, and suddenly felt as though someone had pushed me from behind. From then on, I have had this constant dizzy sensation - NOT a spinning sensation - but one I can only describe as if rocking back and forth on a boat. One other distinctive symptom I noticed was the facial tightness, especially around the temples and sinus areas that became exacerbated when lying down.

I put up with this for almost two weeks before visiting another doctor. Unfortunately, I was again diagnosed with an ear infection without discharge, and again prescribed antibiotics. AGAIN this did not resolve the issue. I went back for a third trip two weeks later, and made sure this time to explain EXACTLY how I felt and what symptoms I was experiencing. This time, however, I was diagnosed with allergies and given a month-long course of bactrim. This was frustrating to say the least, and eventually dumped the bactrim as I was seeing ZERO results.

Finally, I eventually started putting two-and-two together, and after having through these forums, I have started to suspect this may be related to TMJ or some variant afterall. What really got me thinking was just recently I have discovered that I may actually be grinding my teeth at night. In fact, I just awoke the other morning and immediately realized my teeth were grating! Even noticed last night that the right joint of the jaw was excessively painful to the slightest bit of pressure.


So far, this is what I have noticed:

- Dizziness that can only be described as a rocking sensation.
- Jaw feeling tired or worn out in the morning, and sometimes after eating.
- Ear fullness, sometimes slightly painful.
- Feeling of disconnection at times, even "fogged".
- Facial tightness, especially intense when lying down.
- Sinus-like headaches that occur only on one side of the head.
- Jaw has popped and crackled on occasion, but not consistently.
- Pain in the back of the eyes at times. There is some light sensitivity, but not always.

That is all that I can remember so far, but I know I am forgetting something.

Your suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:13 AM   #2
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Re: Could this be a case of TMJ?

I suggest a simple test to check if it is.
You can get (I did), you may be aware of it, the Myofunctional Research CO. mouth piece, which is like a gum shield. They are not expensive to buy and might help. Also a good up to date physiotherapist should be able to help.

 
Old 06-29-2009, 11:49 AM   #3
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Re: Could this be a case of TMJ?

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Nearly six months ago I was having trouble with my right ear, and eventually turned out to be an infection. During this time, there was a pulling sensation inside the ear whenever I would chew hard or shift the jaw forward a little, and still do. Sometimes the joint of the jaw itself would feel slightly sore, and I would put minor pressure on it if it gave any trouble - sometimes it would "pop" immediately afterwards, proceeded by a crackling noise, and sometimes it felt as though the jaw itself was being restricted when moving it forward.
This apparently did not catch my attention at the time.

Eventually I scheduled an appointment while I was on vacation in Florida. The doctor had confirmed that I did indeed have an ear infection without an visible discharge, and prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics. Needless to say, the antibiotics did not help.

Fast-forward three months later (April):

As I was about to head home from work for the day, I was in the process of bending down to pick something up off the floor, and suddenly felt as though someone had pushed me from behind. From then on, I have had this constant dizzy sensation - NOT a spinning sensation - but one I can only describe as if rocking back and forth on a boat. One other distinctive symptom I noticed was the facial tightness, especially around the temples and sinus areas that became exacerbated when lying down.

I put up with this for almost two weeks before visiting another doctor. Unfortunately, I was again diagnosed with an ear infection without discharge, and again prescribed antibiotics. AGAIN this did not resolve the issue. I went back for a third trip two weeks later, and made sure this time to explain EXACTLY how I felt and what symptoms I was experiencing. This time, however, I was diagnosed with allergies and given a month-long course of bactrim. This was frustrating to say the least, and eventually dumped the bactrim as I was seeing ZERO results.

Finally, I eventually started putting two-and-two together, and after having through these forums, I have started to suspect this may be related to TMJ or some variant afterall. What really got me thinking was just recently I have discovered that I may actually be grinding my teeth at night. In fact, I just awoke the other morning and immediately realized my teeth were grating! Even noticed last night that the right joint of the jaw was excessively painful to the slightest bit of pressure.


So far, this is what I have noticed:

- Dizziness that can only be described as a rocking sensation.
- Jaw feeling tired or worn out in the morning, and sometimes after eating.
- Ear fullness, sometimes slightly painful.
- Feeling of disconnection at times, even "fogged".
- Facial tightness, especially intense when lying down.
- Sinus-like headaches that occur only on one side of the head.
- Jaw has popped and crackled on occasion, but not consistently.
- Pain in the back of the eyes at times. There is some light sensitivity, but not always.

That is all that I can remember so far, but I know I am forgetting something.

Your suggestions or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi--sorry you are dealing with all that. Especially dizziness--it's nasty. When you do clench at night and grate your teeth together, it can do a lot of damage, especially if your bite is slightly "off" . Have you ever had braces done, or a tooth extraction that set off everything? constantly trying to find your bite and being uncomfortable is very tiring for your joints. If you do it enough, it can displace your discs. That happened to me, but it was from bad orthodontic work. You need to find a good tmj specialist in your area. Post where you live, and look on the good tmj doc. thread at the top of this page. Maybe someone can refer you. Keep in mind, this doctor should belong to these associations--The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy Assoc. of Functional Orthodontics. These doctors are the most knowledgable at treating tmj. I hope some of your ins. will cover the treatment. It's really expensive, but don't let that stop you from finding a specialist. Take care..J.

 
Old 06-29-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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Re: Could this be a case of TMJ?

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Hi--sorry you are dealing with all that. Especially dizziness--it's nasty. When you do clench at night and grate your teeth together, it can do a lot of damage, especially if your bite is slightly "off" . Have you ever had braces done, or a tooth extraction that set off everything? constantly trying to find your bite and being uncomfortable is very tiring for your joints. If you do it enough, it can displace your discs. That happened to me, but it was from bad orthodontic work. You need to find a good tmj specialist in your area. Post where you live, and look on the good tmj doc. thread at the top of this page. Maybe someone can refer you. Keep in mind, this doctor should belong to these associations--The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy Assoc. of Functional Orthodontics. These doctors are the most knowledgable at treating tmj. I hope some of your ins. will cover the treatment. It's really expensive, but don't let that stop you from finding a specialist. Take care..J.
Thanks, J. I did in fact have a rear molar removed two years ago. I don't know for sure if this is what caused the trouble, though. However, I should mention that the dentist performing the extraction had commented that my teeth were showing slight wear, so this may have been a sign that I have been grinding for a while, along with clenching my teeth excessively while awake (And I do).

 
Old 06-29-2009, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: Could this be a case of TMJ?

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Thanks, J. I did in fact have a rear molar removed two years ago. I don't know for sure if this is what caused the trouble, though. However, I should mention that the dentist performing the extraction had commented that my teeth were showing slight wear, so this may have been a sign that I have been grinding for a while, along with clenching my teeth excessively while awake (And I do).
Also, look at the reply on June 23rd's post from silverwings--I posted a list that you can take to your tmj specialist that will give you a good idea if they know what their doing, and giving you the right tests. If I had had this list with my first dentist, I would have declined his care. Good Luck..

 
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