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Old 03-12-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
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electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

Hi all, today I have been experiencing electrical like shocks in my face. I'm really scared that I might be developing TN. Any way to stop it? I have a session tomorrow with a tmj myofacial massage therapist and I am hoping that helps, anyone done this?
I'm really scared right now and could use some words of advice. I also did just get a new bite splint that is clear acrylic with a ramp so that only my 2 front teeth touch and I am wondering if this is causing more compression in my joints, is this possible? Please someone help me. Thanks, Kristen

 
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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

HI--yes, appliances like that, can cause more harm than good, especially if it's an upper appliance. Also, if you continue to wear it, and your symptoms increase, I would be very cautious and consult your dentist right away. People with joint problems have to be careful wearing NTI like appliances...and if all the teeth are not enclosed, it can change your bite permanently, so beware of this as well. One of the main causes of tmd is that the mandible is in an incorrect position, causing grating, muscular spasms, dizziness, etc...(joint pain..)..I would get to a dentist off the ICCMO website, and call to see if they practice neuromuscular dentistry, and also are a Functional Jaw Orthodontist,as well as a tmj specialist. I've had tmd for almost 20yrs, and I am finally getting relief from a dentist like this.

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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

Thanks for the reply. The appliance is a full bottom splint covering all of the teeth, it has an extra piece of acrylic on it so that only my 2 front teeth touch it at night. When I wake up in the morning I feel GREAT, no pain at all but as soon as I take it out my muscles start to cramp and as the day goes on I get electrical shocks and tight muscles. Any thoughts on this? I'm really scared right now.

 
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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

I used to get the shocks sometimes. The massage therapist I went to did neuromuscular therapy for tmj, not myofascial. I haven't had any shocks since then. There were six visits, but my symptoms were gone after 3 visits.

 
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HI, So can you tell me a little about what the massage was like? The myofascial massage I've had was around the neck, head, outside of my face and even inside my mouth(with medical gloves of course), she was trying to release the knots and tension in my masseter muscle. Does this sound like what you had?
I'm having to take extra anxiety meds right now because this is causing me so much distress. I feel like it just keeps getting worse, one thing after another. I'm trying to stay positive but goodness it's hard, when you finally think you are on your way to figuring out the problem another pops up. I'm scared to death of getting any type of neuralgia. Any thoughts would be great, thanks.

 
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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

I had the massage inside the mouth with the gloves on. The important muscles for me included the masseter, temporalis and both of the pterygoid muscles. The whole thing was very intense the first time but quickly got better with each succeeding visit.

 
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Yes I remember her saying something about all of those muscles. Hopefully this will help. Last night I did NOT wear the mouth guard with ramp, I wore a different guard and I have had less shocking pains in my face today. I think the other guard might have been compressing my muscles a little bit, but who knows it's only been 1 day. Symptoms always seem to be changing, it's very frustrating.
Besides having the massage, what else have you done to help your tmj?

 
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I may be very fortunate in that it appears my tmj was entirely a muscular issue. There's no joint damage, misalignment or postural issues. I just go in once a month or so for a wellness massage.

 
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It has been deteremined that mine is muscle related as well. I had a CT scan of my joints, plus they listening to the joints with another machine and everything came back good.
I still don't understand why I would have electrical shocks in my face, I'm hoping if I keep wearing the other night guard that it will get better. I'm also using lots of heat/ice on my face to keep the muscles settled as best I can.
I have an appt. with an oral surgeon on thursday to see if I need to have a tooth extracted, I'm a little worried it will make things worse. I really want light at the end of the tunnel.

 
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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

The nerve passes through the masseter muscle. The muscle tension alone can "entrap" the nerve and simulate the symptoms of neuralgia.

 
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So when you say simulate symptoms of neuralgia you don't think it's true neuralgia? Do you think I can get rid of it with what I'm doing? I have found a doctor within driving distance on the ICCMO website and I am considering a consultation with them. I feel so lost and frustrated. You just aren't sure who to trust. Thanks for helping me through this.

 
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Re: electrical shock in my face from tmj...help

Hi again Florida....(wish I was there right now, btw, lol) I thought I also had nerve damage, or TN at one point, but it was partly due to extreme muscular spasms, and ear pains that would send me to the moon. Since I got my orthodic, this has all decreased dramatically. The spasms were debilitating enough that they can mimic signs of nerve problems....so don't panick.

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Thanks for the tip on mimicking neuralgia pain. It is quite scary but I think in the last few days I am seeing an actual pattern to the pain, when my muscles get tight or begin to tighten up. If I massage them then the shocks start to dissipate.
I'm glad you have found relief with an orthotic but mine is actually what started this so I am unsure of what my next step will be. This is frustrating and difficult, I am so thankful this board is here.

 
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