I've had this one year now. Ear clicking, popping, fullness, terrible pain in jaw and face, and heaviness in neck. I've done all the treatments, everything other than surgery. Nothing works. I'm curious does anyone ever get better.
I'm getting better! I am six months post op from surgery (one side disk removal/fat graft replacement & one side repaired). Rarely a day goes by where I don't conciously click my teeth together, checking my bite and I can't believe it. I have a long road ahead with orthodonture, but I'm thrilled with my decision. Certainly not a decision not for the faint of heart - it was / is a huge choice/committment in many ways. It was as big of a medical event as childbirth in my life. No pain now (I didn't have too much to begin with), we'll see how the winter weather makes it feel.
I cannot wait for my 9 month post op where I get new unbiased photographs of my face that I can compare to those taken before the surgery.
Yes, but how long it takes varies from person to person. My main symptoms were also earaches and neck pain, as well as dizziness. I rarely have any symptoms after 1 and 1/2 years in a repositoning splint. I get pain when I have worn down my splint and need an adjustment. I have not had any jaw clicking in 6 mos, which is wonderful, my jaw used to click (or snap) almost constantly when eating and it was very painful. Hang in there. I know that I don't care how long I have this splint as long as I feel relatively normal!
Yes, people do get better but you have to find a doc whho lives treating TMJ or it jsut won't work. Most docs do it to make lots of money. Its the ones who are passionate about helping people that can make a difference. All the gismos and high tech machines won't amoun to anything unless the doc really loves getting people better.