My 18 year old daughter started it after oral surgery. It is very painful for her as well. I have it so I know how it can be. Please get her to eat soft foods for several weeks, no gum chewing at all. that is the worst. No bagels, twizzlers, etc. the jaw needs to rest. cold and warm compresses work too and ibuprofen is supposed to help with the swelling. I dont' know if it works, neither my daughter or myself like to take anything, so we try a day of it and if it doesn't work, we are done, so we never give it a chance to work. I hope this helps a little and good luck to her.
In addition to the suggestions made on the previous post you may want to take her to a upper cervical (NUCCA) chiro or orthoganist to have her c-spine checked - carpal tunnel syndrome often stems from an alignment issue with the neck and can also influence the tmj joint. Has she ever had an MRI of her c-spine to check for pinched nerve, bulging discs, curvature, etc? While its possible her jaw postion may be responsible for the popping tm joint and neck mis-alignment as well - treating or re-aligning the neck can sometimes help the jaw maintain a better position and alleviate some tmj symptoms.
My 17 year old daughter saw the doctor. He said she might have TMJ. Her jaw pops when she bites on something hard, and has pain.
I use to have TMJ but it never popped loudly like hers does. He said to put ice and heat on it and take aleve.
She will have to get an MRI if it doesn't improve.
Can anyone tell me what other things you do for this TMJ pain? She is in school and also has carpal tunnel in on hand. I know the pain is making her depressed.
What do you think triggered the onset of her popping? Does she have muscular issues as well? Did she have braces earlier on ? The pop she hears is her disc being displaced, and then being recaptured . Over time, this can cause damage to the disc, so get to a tmj specialist to have an exam and x-rays. I don't know if you have to rush into an MRI, but definitely get tomograms and a panoramic done. If you need help locating a doc., look under the ICCMO, and look to see who is in your area that does neuromuscular dentistry as well as having training in functional Jaw Orthodics. Make sure that the doctor treats at least 40% tmj cases, and look for one that has at least 10-15yrs. experience. At the very least, she may be clenching at night, this puts major strain on the muscles and joints, so she may only need a nightguard. But if her lower jaw is out of alignment, she may need to be in a splint during the day as well. My tmjd started in highschool as well, it's very scary, and if it's left untreated, depending on the severity of the problem, you can get way worse. Good LUck----I wish her the best. ---J.