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Old 08-28-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Sleeplessness affecting TMJ??

About a week ago I started feeling lightheaded and a little fatigued. Had some ear issues and have had earwax build-up in the past so I figured that was my issue. I took the necessary steps to clean out my ear as I have in the past (over the counter drops) and there was some relief as a result. I also spent alot of time opening and closing my mouth to pop the ears. I have a misaligned bite, popping when I open and close my mouth, and such TMJ symptoms. The lightheadedness has continued and the pressure in my ears has come and gone, but is at an all time high today. Since this all started, I've had a difficult time sleeping dealing with anxiety. I get an adrenaline jolt as I start to drift off to sleep and it keeps me up, sometimes throughout the entire night. My main concern is that my pressure symptoms getting worse makes me wonder if lack of rest contributes to TMJ symptoms. Thanks for any help!!

 
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Sleeplessness effecting TMJ??

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About a week ago I started feeling lightheaded and a little fatigued. Had some ear issues and have had earwax build-up in the past so I figured that was my issue. I took the necessary steps to clean out my ear as I have in the past (over the counter drops) and there was some relief as a result. I also spent alot of time opening and closing my mouth to pop the ears. I have a misaligned bite, popping when I open and close my mouth, and such TMJ symptoms. The lightheadedness has continued and the pressure in my ears has come and gone, but is at an all time high today. Since this all started, I've had a difficult time sleeping dealing with anxiety. I get an adrenaline jolt as I start to drift off to sleep and it keeps me up, sometimes throughout the entire night. My main concern is that my pressure symptoms getting worse makes me wonder if lack of rest contributes to TMJ symptoms. Thanks for any help!!
Hi--Sorry to hear about all your symptoms--have you ever been to a specialist for your tmd? If your bite's off, you are going to grind your teeth and clench all night . It's the body's natural way of trying to find a resting place for the teeth, but all you do is end up hurting your joints and causing more problems. I would look on the Great tmj doctors thread at the top of this page and see if there is anyone close to you where you can get a consult. It need to be someone who is knowledgable, and specializes in tmjd. It's always good to try to find one that belongs to these organizations.
1. American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
2. American Academy of Orofacial Pain
3.American Academy Assoc. for Functional Orthodontics
These are the guys in my opinion who know the most about tmjd. Usually the doctors with the best websites end up being the ones who do the same stuff on people, and the ones who have the most generic websites sometimes are the best out there. Finding a specialist has been the hardest thing personally I've ever had to do in my life.. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.. J.
PS--Valerian Root tea might help you to calm down at night. I affectionately call it the armpit tea , it tastes bad, but if it works..who cares.?

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