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Old 07-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

Hi everyone,

I found out that I have tmj. I have appx. 90% of the symptoms and will be leaving off-island next month for proper diagnosis and treatment since my insurance does'nt cover tmj. I've been on xanax for the last 6 months and went from T3 to Vicodin in 3 months to deal with the pain and my doctor does'nt want to give any more meds and wants me to see a psychiatrist (go figure)! Like I'm making it all up in my head...

Is there anyone out there with advice as to what tests/treatments/exams, etc... I should ask for so I can make the most of this trip?

DAILY:

Blurred/Foggy vision/Pain & pressure behind and above my eyes/Migranes, Cluster headaches/Clicking & popping of my jaw/Ringing & feeling of pressure or water in my ears/Dizziness & vertigo problems/Neck and shoulder pain/Back pain/Arms & fingers numb, tingle and stiff like arthritis.

OCCASIONAL:

Forehead, cheek & chin discomfort/sensitive teeth/Pain behind my ear lobe

 
Old 07-25-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

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Hi everyone,

I found out that I have tmj. I have appx. 90% of the symptoms and will be leaving off-island next month for proper diagnosis and treatment since my insurance does'nt cover tmj. I've been on xanax for the last 6 months and went from T3 to Vicodin in 3 months to deal with the pain and my doctor does'nt want to give any more meds and wants me to see a psychiatrist (go figure)! Like I'm making it all up in my head...

Is there anyone out there with advice as to what tests/treatments/exams, etc... I should ask for so I can make the most of this trip?

DAILY:

Blurred/Foggy vision/Pain & pressure behind and above my eyes/Migranes, Cluster headaches/Clicking & popping of my jaw/Ringing & feeling of pressure or water in my ears/Dizziness & vertigo problems/Neck and shoulder pain/Back pain/Arms & fingers numb, tingle and stiff like arthritis.

OCCASIONAL:

Forehead, cheek & chin discomfort/sensitive teeth/Pain behind my ear lobe
Sorry to hear you are going through this..I bumped up and old thread for you under what you should ask a tmj specialist..It's a list I found from an old post that you can print out, and it also has at the bottom what associations a good tmj specialist should belong to. I believe it was to Silverwings from june. What part of the world are you going to seek a specialist? You will need to get probably some Tomographic X-rays, or an MRI of your tmj joints to see if your discs are in the right place, and to assess the condition of your joints. I've been on here for the last 4mo. or so, and have gotten some very valuable advice, so read some of my old posts. That's basically how I learned about this condition more and talked to other members who have knowledge in tmj treatment. Whatever you do, get referrals, and don't go to a surgeon right off the bat, or let anyone change your bite in anyway . After thorough testing , you probably will need to go into splint therapy, which is usually called phase 1 treatment, and phase 2 is down the road where you might need to alter your bite with orthodontics, crowns, or equillibration. Any questions, please let me know. This whole thing is totally overwhelming to me, and still is, but if you select a good doctor, you will be fine. The best ones, in my opinion have been orthodontists who are expertly trained in using Functional jaw appliances and ortho work, also understanding craniofacial pain very well. Good Luck to you, and God bless.

 
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

My advice is to see a chiropractor who specializes in TMJ treatment. They can work wonders from the inside and outside of the jaw. Find a doctor who will preform a treatment by putting on a glove and entering the mouth. It may be painful at the time, but you should see serious results.

 
Old 07-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #4
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

What would the chiro do? Re-align my jaw? What would the doctor do with my mouth? Did that help you and all the symptoms similar to what I am going through? Thanks!

 
Old 07-26-2009, 02:54 PM   #5
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

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What would the chiro do? Re-align my jaw? What would the doctor do with my mouth? Did that help you and all the symptoms similar to what I am going through? Thanks!
Yikes, sorry Casey but I'm going to have to disagree with that one. You should by no means ever let a chiropracter try to adjust your tmj joints. Some of the top tmj specialists have stated this, and I definitely agree. Massage is one thing, but adjusting and moving your mandible around is a big no no.. Sorry.

 
Old 07-26-2009, 04:37 PM   #6
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

I have been to 3 chiros so far related to my tmj symptoms and so far no one has tried or even suggested a chiropractic adjustment directly to the jaw or joints. The reason most with tmj end up seeing a chiro is that muscle and jaw dysfunction usually affect the neck or c-spine and when this happens tmj symptoms can worsen. So the chiro will try to realign or maintain the alignment of the c-spine and further down (spine and hips/pelvis) if things get that advanced. Most of us with tmj to a certain degree will end up with their lower jaw slipping backwards at some point and most splints will attempt to bring the jaw forward and down - this coupled with correct c-spine alignment will lessen the severity of symptoms.

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Old 07-27-2009, 10:04 AM   #7
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Re: Advice on tmj treatment and diagnosis?

A good chiro can do more than just adjustments. With TMJ muscle work to the jaw area would help alot. Also applying an electrical muscle stimulus to the jaw and back of the neck while icing the whole area can be helpful. If your doctor tells you not to receive any type adjustment, then follow their orders, but please keep in mind a good Chiropractor can do a lot more than just an adjustment. Maybe see if you can do a free sit down consult with a few different chiropractors until you find one who will be willing to help.

 
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