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Old 08-12-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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'Re-adjusting' face

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Lately I have found myself 're-adjusting' my face a lot, does anybody do this? I'll be more specific - my face always feel like it is in the wrong position so I am constantly scrunching my nose up, stretching my face, etc., trying to place everything correctly. I also have started blinking a lot & my right eye feels like it has lost some strength?? Like when I close my eyes or blink I don't really feel any benefit in my right eyelid, if that makes sense? Another thing I have started doing recently is when I am asleep at night I can't keep my eyes closed - it's my right eye again; it feels like it isn't closed properly, or that it is closed too much & feels sticky & I keep having to open my eyes every few seconds. As you can imagine, it is hard to fall asleep

Well, I didn't explaing what I wanted to very well, but hopefully someone gets the jist of what I meant? Does anybody else have this? Are these tics/whatever I am getting. They are just so frustrating, and EMBARASSING when I am sat on the bus scrunching and stuff all the way home!

Thanks!
Nicola

 
Old 08-12-2009, 06:54 AM   #2
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Re: 'Re-adjusting' face

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Hi all

Lately I have found myself 're-adjusting' my face a lot, does anybody do this? I'll be more specific - my face always feel like it is in the wrong position so I am constantly scrunching my nose up, stretching my face, etc., trying to place everything correctly. I also have started blinking a lot & my right eye feels like it has lost some strength?? Like when I close my eyes or blink I don't really feel any benefit in my right eyelid, if that makes sense? Another thing I have started doing recently is when I am asleep at night I can't keep my eyes closed - it's my right eye again; it feels like it isn't closed properly, or that it is closed too much & feels sticky & I keep having to open my eyes every few seconds. As you can imagine, it is hard to fall asleep

Well, I didn't explaing what I wanted to very well, but hopefully someone gets the jist of what I meant? Does anybody else have this? Are these tics/whatever I am getting. They are just so frustrating, and EMBARASSING when I am sat on the bus scrunching and stuff all the way home!

Thanks!
Nicola
HI--Please seek out a good Cranial Sacral Therapist who has dealt with tmj dysfunction and knows how the facial bones can get pulled out of alignment from muscular spasms...I am having my first appt. on Sat. to have this treatment done, I"m way overdue. One of my ears I noticed lately is way lower than the other one. It looks ridiculous. Also, an Osteopath can help as well. Do you have other tmj symptoms as well?

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:42 AM   #3
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Re: 'Re-adjusting' face

I have something like this as well - its the area under my nose kind of where my front teeth would be - it just feels like I get pulled to the right too much and suddenly I will get a facial spasm and the whole upper arch will shift and then my nose will feel like its moved over - sounds weird and strange but its been going on for a quite a while now.

 
Old 08-12-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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Re: 'Re-adjusting' face

I certainly do have other symptoms (a few are obv. pain & cracking, terrible headaches, dizziness, ear-pain, etc.!!) but this is one that has been coming on for a while now & it is just at the stage where it is driving me insane. For example, on the way home on the bus today, I tried sooo hard not to scrunch or wriggle my face & I tried to position my tongue and jaw properly but it was just impossible. I hate looking like a 'crazy bus-person', you know the one that no one wants to sit next to! It also really aggravates my headaches, which is a pain!

I am hoping to make an appointment in the near-future with a TMJ doctor, the NHS here is just terrible. Perhaps Dr Grossmann?

Anyway, do you have any idea how I can stop myself doing this in the meantime? My eyes at night are also a really big problem, do you think something like eye-drops would help? Make them feel more wet, or whatever

Thanks
Nicola

 
Old 08-12-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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Re: 'Re-adjusting' face

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I certainly do have other symptoms (a few are obv. pain & cracking, terrible headaches, dizziness, ear-pain, etc.!!) but this is one that has been coming on for a while now & it is just at the stage where it is driving me insane. For example, on the way home on the bus today, I tried sooo hard not to scrunch or wriggle my face & I tried to position my tongue and jaw properly but it was just impossible. I hate looking like a 'crazy bus-person', you know the one that no one wants to sit next to! It also really aggravates my headaches, which is a pain!

I am hoping to make an appointment in the near-future with a TMJ doctor, the NHS here is just terrible. Perhaps Dr Grossmann?

Anyway, do you have any idea how I can stop myself doing this in the meantime? My eyes at night are also a really big problem, do you think something like eye-drops would help? Make them feel more wet, or whatever

Thanks
Nicola
Sorry to hear you are having all those symtoms as well. I don't know if this will help you, but I've found lately if I can get the muscles in my upper back to relax, then that in turn relaxes the muscles above...primarily in the neck and jaw. I usually lay with a heating pad for at least 20min., and put one on my neck for an addtl. 10 or 20 as well. This helps the muscle spasms temporarily, so you could maybe sleep a little better. Maybe you should look up Andrea on this board because I think she might be able to give you a referral if she is somewhat near you. Hang in there!!! You'll need to find a good tmj specialist, and a cranial or osteopath to get better.

 
Old 08-13-2009, 03:30 AM   #6
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Re: 'Re-adjusting' face

Hi Nicola,

I empathise with your symptoms, although I can't relate to the eye symptom specifically but the rest I can. I agree that the NHS are hopeless when it comes to dealing with TMJD patients, from my experience they have only two methods of treatment a) night guard or b) jaw surgery. I mentioned splint therapy to my NHS dentists and he screwed his face up at me (not because he has TMJD too lol, but because he looked somewhat confused about the treatment plan). I'm afraid the best treatment is only available privately.
You're more than welcome to email me and I can give you contact details of an Osteopath and dentist who specifically treat TMJD.

 
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