My jaw has been locked up for 6 months with a opening of 26mm. I can only stick two fingers into my mouth. I know many tmj sufferers can open mouth fully, but have other symptoms. I also have facial pain (especially when eating hard food) and sometimes ear pain. But my main concern is the limited opening. I am sure if I can fully open my mouth again the other syptoms will take care of themselves. I tried muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory drugs physical therapy and also acupucture. My mouth opening remains unchanged. I really need successful stories and advice on unlocking the jaw. Thanks.
Many people are finding relief from a chiropractor using an activator on the problem side of the jaw. It does the same thing as using your hand except is more exact and you get quicker relief. I had severe TMJ after a car accident and could not open my mouth, had pain, headaches, numbness etc. I was cured of all these symptoms by the chiropractor. There are others on here who found relief with this same treatment. Good luck to you.
I'm fortunate enough that my jaw hasn't locked closed, it just clicks when I open it. I have read, however, that a closed lock can indicate internal derangement (i.e. displaced disk). Are either of you seeing a TMJ specialist? A displaced disk can be treated if it is caught early enough.
I'm not registered under a TMJ specialist - as far as I know there isn't actually a specialist as such in the UK. Only doctors who practice in facial surgeries and know a little about TMJ.
I have seen the xrays of my jaw and as a result it was found I have hypermobile joints - everytime I open my mouth my jaw dislocates on both sides - worse on the left side where it locks. I am not sure about disk placement - this is the first I have heard about disk involvement.
The only treatments I have been offered are the splint - which I have opted against (I've just finished 11 years orthadontic treatment and have decided not to go through anymore.) And I was offered to have my jaw broken and wired so that the joints could be reset. However I have not heard any good reports about this surgery as yet so am not likely to take this option.
I have also been told that my problem is also muscular? Something to do with the muscles being too slack to pull the bones back in to place or keep them there in the first place. Does this sound familiar at all?
Up till now I have found VERY LITTLE information on TMJ, so most of the terminology is very new to me. I had loads of little GP appointments, a dental appointment and one big hospital appointment before Christmas where I was diagnosed. My hospital doctor was going to contact my dentist and I have heard nothing more despite contacting both of them frequently.
I know of a couple of websites that provide names of dentists who treat TMJ problems. These are the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and Dr. Stack. They both have referral links if you're interested.
The TM joint is the most complex joint in the human body. It is formed by the connection of the lower jaw with the upper jaw. Between these two bones is a disc. The disc is attached to a muscle and actually moves with certain movements of the TMJ. There are also a series of ligaments which hold together the two bones. There are so many things that can go wrong with the TMJ that doctors are finally realizing that TMJD is actually a group of several disorders as opposed to just one problem.
One of the more "common" problems is that one or both of the discs becomes displaced, pulling the ligaments along with it. This can create a number of symptoms. I'm currently undergoing splint therapy for a displaced disc. I could probably go on and on, but I hope this gives you some insight on disc involvement.
I'm 22 and have been locked shut for just about one and a half years with an opening of 5mm. my tmj problems began 3 years ago after an operation on my foot (the anaesthetist was rough when putting the tube down my throat for a general anaesthetic.) i have tried all conservative treatments from 3 splints which i believe made it worse, chiropractic and physio treatments, acuppuncture, 2 arthrocentesis (washout of the tm joint). i became locked permanently after the first arthrocentesis, and i had the 2nd one done about 2 months ago because i couldnt really get any worse than things are at the moment with my jaw.
unfortunately i am going to have surgery to reatach my disc (it is anteriorly displaced) i didn't want to have surgery on my tmj but what else can i do in my situation? not much really. I am on a liquid diet and my pain is kept under control having to take 11 tablets at night, which i dont like, but i have to as my pain is so severe.
sorry this post is not that helpful to you, but please try all conservative measures before surgery.
Take care and keep me posted on how you progress.
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Hi Carey: I've had TMJ for a long time, but my symptoms became really bad about 6 weeks after general anesthesia for knee surgery. I wonder if there's any connection in my case?? Would I have had problems sooner than 6 weeks postop? How did you determine that the Anesthesiologist was rough putting the tube down? I know I was grinding my teeth in my sleep due to the horrendous post-op pain, so I figured that was the cause. I guess I won't ever know for sure.
I know that the anaesthetist was rough with my jaw because he told me that general anaesthetics can sometimes cause tmj. I have sought legal advice but they say it is too difficult to prove, he (the anaesthetist ) is not going to repeat or write down in his notes what happened.plus it will cost me $6000 to get medical records and an independent third person and the rest that goes with it. Prior to having my foot surgery i had no problems with my jaw whatso ever, i didn't grind or clench my teeth at night. i went in and had my foot fixed and woke up with a sore jaw.
I have been diagnosed with tmj 3 years ago after i had the general anaesthetic for my foot. my first symptoms initially were a sore jaw, then it upgraded to clicking and cracking after i ate, then the worst pain i ever experienced, the constant migrane type headache which lasted for months, earache, facial pain, neck pain, joint pain, the whole left side of my head (it was only the left tmj that was affected), was constantly sore even the left side of my teeth and the roof of my mouth.
This lasted for many months. i tried 3 occlusional splints which i reckon made my tmj worse, 3months of chiropractic treatment and physio with no benefit and acupuncture. I had tried all conservative measures of treatment with no improvement.
I went to a pain management specialist where i spent months trying out different medications that would work. i had many side effects from a lot of them, but then the day came when i had finally found the correct combination of meds which i have taken for the last 9 months which i still take today. I dont like to take so many (11 at night) but without the meds i would have been in constant agony. I am almost pain free with the odd occasion of joint soreness and headaches.
to cut a long story short, i had an arthrocentesis (washout of my left tmj) which then locked my jaw shut permanently where i now have an opening of 5mm and it has been like that for almost a year and a half now.
I had another washout about 2 months ago, the reason being that my first washout was done by a surgeon who knew little about tmj (i learnt the hard way, back then i was gullable and believed what he had to say.) i didnt ask questions about the surgery, or how many of these procedures he had done before. that was a long time ago and i have learnt from my mistakes. i am now head strong and stand up for myself because in the end i am the only person who can help myself. i have learnt alot from this board and many of the tmj sufferers out there.
Anyway, i had the 2nd washout performed by an experienced tmj specialist(i did my homework). i decided this because this was a less invasive procedure than the one i will have to have in the future to unlock my jaw which is a disc reatachment. that will be done by one of the best surgeons in the world. the 2nd washout was not a success, i had nothing to lose really, how much worse can a 5mm opening have and your on a liquid diet anyway.
So, within the next few months i will be travelling interstate to have the disc reatachment. if anyone out there has had this kind of procedure done, was it a success, and what did you experience post operatively? any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Sorry this post has turned into a novel, what have you experienced with tmj KC Lee?
Hi, everyone. Thanks for responding. I am seeing a tmj specialist today but I don't know if he will make a difference to my problem. Crystal, I hope you will do better with your splint which is something that I might have to go through too and thanks for providing information about the tmj specialists in san francisco. My insurance is very restrictive on the doctors I can see. It took me a long time to find a tmj specialist that I can see. Carey, good luck with your disk reatachment. Take care, everyone.