I had a TMJ problem for an entire year b4 I was finally diagnosed simply b/c I did not have what the obvious symptom should be- jaw pain. When an ENT finally diagnosed me, ironically, the jaw pain began. I also became more aware of it, too. It was at this point that the problems worsened. My first symptoms were ear pain and headaches.
As a praise, the past week or so (after a long 13 months) I feel like something has "happened" and for some reason I am not in as much pain.
Also, when diagnosed, I became much more aware that throughout the night I am clenching my teeth and subconsciously putting my bite into some really freaky positions. I have woken up before one tooth on the top (the one next to the two front teeth on the left) touching only one tooth on the bottom.
This TMJ stuff is crazy.