Are these all related to TMJ?
In Feb. 2011, I got an elbow to the face while playing hockey. Following the hit, I had a misaligned bite for 1 week or so then everything went back to normal.
Since April, I started getting ear aches or a feeling that something is stuffed in there. After 3 visits to the clinic, I'm told there is no infection and everything is clear. That feeling is still there today. The doc told me it was related to a cold, but at this point I think it should have gone away...
For the past 2 weeks, I'm getting that misaligned bite again for the majority of the days. My jaw is sore and I can hear some clicking when opening / closing my mouth. I have also started to get shoulder / neck pain (soreness) which tends to get worse in the evenings. I had a "bite plate" done a few years back, so I have been using it when going to bed for the past 3 days and the soreness seems to go away come mornings. However, it returns at the end of the day...
Is it possible that all of these symptoms are related to that elbow to the face? Could the injury have been lingering all this time although I wasn't showing any of the symptoms until the past couple of weeks?
I made an appointment to the dentist to see if it could be TMJ, but do you have any other suggestions on how to get a proper diagnosis?