Re: Any TMD success stories??
I am better but not perfect. My joints were not damaged severely though. Last I knew, one condyle was pointed, like a beak, and the disc on the other TMJ was diagonal across the joint. I still get some cracking on one side, but not much pain.
I went through splints, PT, meds, neck steroidal injections, trigger point therapy, massage, heat, accupuncture, etc., but no surgery
I don't think I suffer on the same level as many of you, but I was definitely worse than I am now. While my joints are not perfect, a lot of my problem was muscular.
I can attribute my progress to:
1) finally paying attention to all the things they tell you that I didn't believe at the onset, like moist heat, stretching, massage, proper posture, stress management
2) realizing that though my TMJD wasn't helping my headaches, a lot of my headaches came from hormones. I am on birth control now and it helps a lot.
3) ditching all splints and getting braces to correct my bite from so many years of repositioning splints that had ruined my bite.
So while my joints still flare up, I only take Advil a couple of times a week and 1/2 muscle relaxant to help with clenching while I sleep. I hope the trend continues.