Recently I have started to connect some of my symptoms and am wondering if TMJ can be a possibility. I am seeing my dentist in November and can ask them about it when I go for my cleaning and checkup.
I seem to have sinus pressure quite often that makes me very dizzy. I am also prone to migraines, although often caused by certain things (chocolate, dehydration, lack of sleep, caffeine withdrawal) or other headaches, and do find that I clench my teeth while I sleep and sometimes while awake. I was recently sick with a stomach virus and slept a lot more than usual. After a couple of days of lots of rest, I had a very sore jaw and very sore neck, as well as sore temples. I have a very comfortable bed and new mattress and have been using a supportive memory foam pillow to support my neck. I am wondering if perhaps my teeth clenching bothered me more than usual since I was sleeping a lot more than I am used to. I often have a problem with clogged feeling ears and light popping in my jaw. Lately it was harder to eat after sleeping a lot and feeling the increased soreness. I definitely stayed away from anything chewy over the past few days.
Are there any other "giveaway" signs that I should also notice if TMJ is a possibility? What can I expect if I do have TMJ to help with the symptoms?
Thanks in advance for any help! I did seem to have a good amount of the symptoms listed in one of the stickies on this board.
It sure sounds like it to me, but I am not a doctor. I would unfortunately bet that's what this is. Keep up with the soft foods and try to relax the muscles. I am also a clencher and do it all night. that is not good. I also use microwave heat wraps to put on my jaw and ear at night and that feels good, whether it helps or not remains to be seen, but i temporarily helps and anything that helps me sleep is good. I hope some of these suggestions help you as well and that you feel better.
Thank you for your reply! I'll definitely try out your tips The more I read about it, the more I think it can be TMJ disorder-related, but luckily it isn't too severe. I just want to help prevent it from getting any worse!