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Old 11-02-2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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TMJ question

Hi,

My issues havent been all that bad compared to some.

My question is - if you are getting symptoms like head fog, lightheaded, balance off... but your jaw doesnt actually hurt, then could those symptoms be a result of tmj? or are they usually an after effect of jaw discomfort and pain from tmj?

 
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Re: TMJ question

I'm brand new to the TMJ thing. I don't have any jaw pain yet. While I do brux, my symptom that led to the TMJ diagnosis was ear stuffiness and ringing. Turns out my muscle tightening in the TMJ is causing pressure on the ear. They are awfully close together physically.

 
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:37 AM   #3
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Re: TMJ question

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Hi,

My issues havent been all that bad compared to some.

My question is - if you are getting symptoms like head fog, lightheaded, balance off... but your jaw doesnt actually hurt, then could those symptoms be a result of tmj? or are they usually an after effect of jaw discomfort and pain from tmj?
They actually could be, yes, but if you have not been diagnosed with TMJ disorder through proper tests there is no way to know for sure.

Jaw pain was the last thing I experienced..and it was actually AFTER my diagnosis through an ENT. That is why it took a year to diagnose.

 
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Re: TMJ question

Like the previous poster pain in the actual jaw joint area was the last thing I experienced preceded by brain fog, dizzyness, eye pain, pressure sensation in cheek and a stiff neck.

With a comprehensive work up they found that my condyle was posteriorly displaced and the disc was displaced anteriorly, the classic text book TMJ dysfunction scenario caused in my case by setting my mandible too far back during childhood orthodontics.

 
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Re: TMJ question

well i have never had orthodontics. recently on seeing a dentist they made a minor occlusal adjustment as my jaw was pulling to the left... now it comes straight up and does feel different. the heights of my teeth may not be entirely perfect as the left seems to touch first... weird given that the left is where the teeth were filed down.

i have been to a tmj specialist here but he said the occlusal adjustment wouldn't have made much diff cos it was minor and that i need to wear a splint at night cos he feels i am a clencher... hard to know whether the occlusal adjustment made much difference in regards to symptoms simply because i became paranoid about my bite afterwards and was constantly checking it.

my jaw doesnt click unless im chewing a big steak on my right side my left clicks... my ears are constantly popping and crackling... and i have a hissing sound in my ears more noticeable in quiet areas.

not really sure what the level of expertise is like here in Australia in regards to TMJ...

 
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reason why you are dizzy and light headed is due to the muscles in spasm being related to the ear. the muscles are the pterygoid medialus and tensor veli palatini. the first muscle controls part chewing and in conjunction with the second controls the Eustachian Tube.

The E- Tube is a tube that runs from the inner ear into the sinuses. It regulates air pressure from inside and outside of the head. When not working properly it can make you dizzy, lightheaded, thoughts are cloudy, vertigo, etc. It's kinda of a chain link effect that took me a while to figure out. Sadly, most doctors have not.

The muscles that control swallowing also control the inner ear. Notice when you are on a plane and the air pressure changes and your ears hurt? same thing your body is going through, but worse.

Long term TMJ treatment is always the way to go but massage and pressure point techniques can work well also.

 
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Long term TMJ treatment is always the way to go but massage and pressure point techniques can work well also.
what exactly do you mean by long term TMJ treatment?

even before the occlusal adjustment i used to get most of these symptoms but without any noticeable jaw discomfort, which as i said is not really there now...

so is it likely then that my issues were TMJ related all along? i thought that maybe it was just related to a forward head posture for the last 8 years because of working in IT... maybe that altered my bite itself and so it was off anyways?

 
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