Originally Posted by madnmas
..between a sinus infection and typical TMJ issues?
Before I was finally diagnosed a few weeks ago I would get the typical sinus infection about twice a year....ear pain, headache that won't go away, etc. I have minimal congestion and I am just not too sure.
For those that get both, how do you know the difference btwn. the two so you can get antibiotics?
I am going to have a pity party for a little bit, but since I am not able to afford the splint until tax returns in 2010 I am having to "deal with it". This is sorry. They were right when they told me things would get worse. I am even on a med for headaches when excedrin migraine does not do the trick, and this stuff is barely masking the pain. Now I am having pain in BOTH jaws, BOTH ears, and BOTH eyes.grrrrrr
Generally the best way to tell is via a CT scan. If this is not an option, then you need to examine your symptoms and crossreference your current ones with when you had known, diagnosed infections. Also, if you've had any discharge check to see if it it milky, or yellow/green. If so there is a good chance you may have an infection.
Speaking from experience, I've had sinus problems in the past and also had surgery on them this year (the second time). For me, the surgery did nothing as my symptoms persisted. I would recommend getting a Netti pot and try rinsing out your sinuses with a mild saline based solution (they usually come with packets).
I'm not 100% sure if I have TMJ, but my main problem seems to eminate from an area concerning a wisdom tooth extraction. To make a long story short, there is tremendous pull toward that area (and my jaw). My nasal passages are litterally pulled shut and I have a hard time breathing through my nose. I guess what I'm saying is that TMJ (and alike conditions) can many problems that mimic and mask other afflictions.
It also sucks that you're short on money as I understand how this feels. But my philosophy right now is to focus on my health regardless of the money it costs. In the end the increased productivity from feeling NORMAL will be able to offset much of the incurred debt.
If only I was a rich SOB. I would pay for your testing/splint myself (as long as you're not a clown of course