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Old 10-03-2009, 06:23 AM   #1
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Its been a long time!

I'm sorry if this question is already asked, I am in too much pain to search around for it. Where to start?

When I went to the tmj specialist he showed me the xrays and I could see that the joint is completely flat instead of round from rubbing! This was quite dramatic for me, but did not appear to worry the doc too much. He referred me to physical therapy, but how will that help when so much damage is done?

How can I get everything to go back where it belongs, when everything isn't still there??

The doc was a surgeon and I don't know why I was referred to him and I thought he would do Something for me, rather than refer me, yet again. He just barked at me, talked over me, and told me "Well you aren't a surgical candidate"

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Old 10-03-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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Re: Its been a long time!

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I'm sorry if this question is already asked, I am in too much pain to search around for it. Where to start?

When I went to the tmj specialist he showed me the xrays and I could see that the joint is completely flat instead of round from rubbing! This was quite dramatic for me, but did not appear to worry the doc too much. He referred me to physical therapy, but how will that help when so much damage is done?

How can I get everything to go back where it belongs, when everything isn't still there??

The doc was a surgeon and I don't know why I was referred to him and I thought he would do Something for me, rather than refer me, yet again. He just barked at me, talked over me, and told me "Well you aren't a surgical candidate"
Hi Sue,
(I live in IL. as well..) It's actually a good thing that a surgeon would say you are not a candidate. Trust me, that's a last resort. PHysical therapy alone will not get rid of all your symptoms. You need to find a good tmj specialist and probably get some sort of splint like me to stabalize your bite, take the load off the joints, and try to calm the muscles down. What other symptoms do you have?? To get better I was told a splint alone will not do it. You need to be in physical therapy with someone who totally understands tmjd, and has worked with tmjd patients before. Also, massage therapy, and cranial sacral therapy would benefit you as well. You may get this all covered under Mayofacial pain disorder, or I've even heard of people getting it covered under migraines for PT or cranial. If you want the names of my therapists, I truly believe they are excellent. They were referrals to me, and highly recommended. They may be near you since I'm also in IL. Let me know if you need the referrals. Take care,----J>

 
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:29 AM   #3
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Re: Its been a long time!

Yes please J, I need the referrals. I think getting a "good" doctor is 3/4 of the battle.

 
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