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Old 07-15-2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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Cortical deinhibition?

Hello everyone. My dad suffers from severe TMJ and several other ailments. Recently it has gotten worse and the pain has been intolerable. He has had injections, MRI's, etc, but now a doctor has suggested this surgery/procedure called cortical deinhibition, and to research it. I couldn't seem to find anything, but was hoping someone here could shed some light or point me in the right direction (either for direct resources, or what part of the board this should be posted in).

Thank you for your time.

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:46 AM   #2
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Re: Cortical deinhibition?

The best I could make out is that it is related to the cortex of the brain so you may want to post this under brain or neurological condtions. If you go to the Health Guide at the top you can select to see the forums grouped or categorized into related health issues and select a forum that might be more suited for your question. If you can not find anything on it then ask the dr that suggested it for references - articles, books, etc - its best that he explain it rather then let you figure it out on your own. Once you have more info on it you will probably be able to further investigate it. Good Luck.

 
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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I agree. I couldn't find any information on it at all...even with a very generic search. I would have the dr. explain this and point you in the right direction. I am a bit confused with how this has to do with TMJ....I found cortical inhibition...but not DEinhibition.

 
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Hello everyone. My dad suffers from severe TMJ and several other ailments. Recently it has gotten worse and the pain has been intolerable. He has had injections, MRI's, etc, but now a doctor has suggested this surgery/procedure called cortical deinhibition, and to research it. I couldn't seem to find anything, but was hoping someone here could shed some light or point me in the right direction (either for direct resources, or what part of the board this should be posted in).

Thank you for your time.
HI--Sorry to here about your Dad. That's awful. If I were you guys, I would bring him to get a consult with Dr. Larry Wolford, I believe he is in TX, am I right guys? If anyone I knew was in need of tmj surgery, that's where I would go. ---take care.

 
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Re: Cortical deinhibition?

Thanks for the help, everyone.

I'll try posting in the brain/neurological forums.

I'm not particularly sure how it relates to the TMJ itself, but I think the surgery/procedure is to be manage the pain. I only remember a little bit of what my dad told me the doctor said, but it had something to do with controlling the pain by doing something with electrons? I'm not sure.

Also, thanks for the tip on the doctor. We'll look into that.

 
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Neurons I believe - they transmit pain signals. I too found sites under neurology that discuss cortical inhibition but no defintion of such other than relate it to its manifestations with schizophrenia, epilepsy and drug addictions so I am thinking it may have to do with desensitizing the cortex of the brain in an effort to neutralize the neurons which may be misfiring as a result of chronic pain or a stimuli.

 
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Thanks for the help, everyone.

I'll try posting in the brain/neurological forums.

I'm not particularly sure how it relates to the TMJ itself, but I think the surgery/procedure is to be manage the pain. I only remember a little bit of what my dad told me the doctor said, but it had something to do with controlling the pain by doing something with electrons? I'm not sure.

Also, thanks for the tip on the doctor. We'll look into that.
Hi--I just wanted to add to my post, that you should consider tmj surgery as a very last resort. There are doctors out there that do treatment and try to avoid surgery if at all possible. You can post where you live, and maybe we can give you a tmj specialist referral.

 
Old 07-17-2009, 12:44 AM   #8
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Re: Cortical deinhibition?

Thelma-Louise - thanks for the info, sounds interesting, to say the least.

jmitchell - thanks for the advice. My dad always had the same perspective, i.e. No surgery, since it would be too risky. Doctors also advised against it for years. However, the past few months the tmj has been terrible, and he has went through depression, panic attacks, and nervous breakdowns. This is the first time a doctor has suggested this procedure as a means to control the pain.

Btw, we are in the Detroit Michigan area, if you or anyone else knows of a good specialist (he's been to several over the years already)..

 
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