Hi! I am 29 years old and have been suffering with TMJ for several years.
I have the headaches, the limitation in opening opening my mouth, the neck/back/shoulder/face and all the rest of the areas pain.
When I was 17 yrs old I underwent a upper and lower jaw surgery to fix a severe underbite I had developed. I had to have serveral metal screws and other lil gadgets to reconstruct my jaw.
As the years went by I noticed the pain in my face but I always thought it was related to the ( 9 hr) jaw surgery I had done when I was 17.
About 4 years ago the pain was becoming worse so I had a serious of test done, I went to all sorts of doctors. None knew what was causing all the pain.
It came to a point I thought I was going crazy. I managed to get intouch with the surgeon that had operated me back in the day. I was convinced it was the metal in my face that was acting up!
He ran a serious of tests, gave me anti immflamitories but the pain started to get worse. 2 yrs ago I had an MRI that showed that the disk in the jaw was dislocated. I was refered to a TMJ specialist.
Again, the entire process of all sorts of treatments, because SUREGERY was the last option.
I endure painfull treatments that made little to no difference to the pain I was experiencing, as time passed my symptoms worsen and it started affecting my daily life style. I had difficulties in school, at work , at home.
So finally he decieded to try to inject my face with cortisone ( trigger point/joint injections) it was SOOO painfull once they went in, but then I was num for a few hours. I thought I had found the s0lution to my pain.
Well, once the numming wore off I was in worser pain.
I tried all meds, the warm cloth on my face, the injections and nothing worked so in January 2010 I underwent an athroscopy, I had read it had high chances that it could make my TMJ better by a large %.
To the surprise of my surgeon my right side was very" iky" and messy.
My pain after surgery actually WORSEN!!!
I was so dissapointed, since my right TMJ was so messy I had to have another surgery.
2 weeks ago I had a Right temporomandibular joint arthroplasty, menisectomy, articular emminectomy and insertion of fat graft to right temporomandibular joint space, fat graph taken from abdomen.
I was admited for 2 days in the hospital. To the surprise of the surgeon he found that the disk had completly come out of its area, and had a huge hole in it. there was no way of fixing it. so they removed it and filled the void with some fatty from my tummy.
I have been recovering since, The pain I can not say much yet, since the pain I am experiencing is because of the procedure that was done.
I am really hopeing that this is the last surgery I will need and that my TMJ will be gone
Right now my face is very swollen. Unfortunantly I ( for the time being) cannot move my right eyebrow and my right eye doesnt close all the way.
I was aware that there were gonna be risks, so I am dealing with it one day at a time.
I am taking perks for the pain, some oxys that are similar to the perks just alot smaller, I am taking anti immflamitories ( all these are killing my tummy but dealing with the pain) and I was on antibiotics.
I feel very light headed, and I am not very good on my feet for too long because I get very tiered and begin to shake.
I hope if there is anyone out that that has undergone this surgery to reply.
I would like to know how long they took to recover, have you lost movementé sensation to your eyebrow or eye, has it been a permanent thing
Thank you all.