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Old 11-06-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Today was a turning point for me.

Hello All!

Today was a turning point for me in my battle with TMJD, TMD, TMJ! (Isn't it lovely that our disease that we suffer from does not even have a real official name yet...lol)

Anyway, I am not going to go into details over this board with what happened, but basically an oral surgeon has been wasting my time and massive amounts of money and as he just told me today for the first time, "Well actually I don't think I can help you anymore with your problem, we might have to look at getting you to a specialist who deals with joint issues." And this guy, who is supposed to be a great oral surgeon, originally told me that he has handled joint replacements, etc...

I am sure that like me, you have found that when you go to doctors, whether they are dentists or MDs you find yourself wondering, "Is this guy even going to believe that I am in pain", or you find that you probably know more about the function of the TM joint than they do.

One thing I want to say out there to everyone also, DON'T be afraid of your doctor! He is not an authority figure. I am in graduate school pursuing my PHD in Economics and trust me, some of these "Doctors" receive less of an education than is required for my Masters. So do not be afraid of your doctor, talk to them like a regular person and if you cannot talk to them in that way then they are not the right doctor for you.

Thank you for your time!

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Old 11-06-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: Today was a turning point for me.

I am not sure its fear of speaking with a dr that got me into a similar situation but more of being mislead - intentionally IMO - by drs that claim to be tmj dentists, experts or specialists, gurus even - and then realize at some point they are way over their heads with a particular case. I too was "taken" by a dentist that had written books on the subject, patented his own orthotic to treat it and claimed a 100% success rate with his patients and only after much money was spent (close to $20K) and I was no better (actually things got worse) I was told I must have a jaw problem and he didn't handle those - when I asked him how could he advertise and claim himself to be a tmj dentist and not treat a so-called "jaw problem" or even better how come he did not even recognize I had such a problem prior to convincing me his treatment would work - I got a blank stare which basically told me I was the proverbial fool. A hard lesson learned.

The truth is someone got the great idea that treating tmj can be a cash cow for dentists - so all some dentists do is attend a few seminars on the subject and hang a piece of paper on their wall.

So I would add to your suggestion to not only question and speak to your dr like you would any other person selling a product or service - do your homework so you know the right questions to ask and if their answers to you seem right, or make any sense (or not) or seem ambiguous. If they pull a god-like attitude and say you don't need to be concerned with the particulars or they don't have time to answer your questions or seem to get aggravated when you question their judgement or make suggestions regarding your own treatment, then they are not the right dr for you.

There are some very good, decent and honest tmj dentists out there who do care about people in general - and I have come across many dentists who although they do treat tmj have told me my case was too advanced for them - so I don't mean to disparage all dentists who treat tmj - just those who have the audacity to take advantage of others that are suffering and in pain.

 
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Re: Today was a turning point for me.

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Originally Posted by timbbusa View Post
Hello All!

Today was a turning point for me in my battle with TMJD, TMD, TMJ! (Isn't it lovely that our disease that we suffer from does not even have a real official name yet...lol)

Anyway, I am not going to go into details over this board with what happened, but basically an oral surgeon has been wasting my time and massive amounts of money and as he just told me today for the first time, "Well actually I don't think I can help you anymore with your problem, we might have to look at getting you to a specialist who deals with joint issues." And this guy, who is supposed to be a great oral surgeon, originally told me that he has handled joint replacements, etc...

I am sure that like me, you have found that when you go to doctors, whether they are dentists or MDs you find yourself wondering, "Is this guy even going to believe that I am in pain", or you find that you probably know more about the function of the TM joint than they do.

One thing I want to say out there to everyone also, DON'T be afraid of your doctor! He is not an authority figure. I am in graduate school pursuing my PHD in Economics and trust me, some of these "Doctors" receive less of an education than is required for my Masters. So do not be afraid of your doctor, talk to them like a regular person and if you cannot talk to them in that way then they are not the right doctor for you.

Thank you for your time!
Amen, dude.

 
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