GRINDING HARD!... Please read
I have an undiagnosed health condition, causes me lots of symptoms and pain. However, for the last 6 months I have been grinding my teeth at night when asleep. How do I know?. Well, apparently, its so loud my partner can hear it. I wasn't aware this was going on, but I am now. It all started quite a while ago. I went to see my GP and said my ears are really itchy, like really deep inside and they crackle alot. He said oh its propably just sinus. So I went on with it, got some meds for it and carried on. It didn't go away. I started noticing pain just below my ear at my jaw, still the noise inside my ear, like a crunching sound, even tinitus at times, still the itching. He sent me to a guy who said no sinus problems and the ear looks clear. He gave me some drops to stop the internal itching. When I first start to eat a meal I sometimes get intense pain for a few moments in the jaw just under my ear, it does ease, but there are times when when I am eating a meal, my jaw just honestly aches.
So back to the teeth grinding. First of all I had no idea, now it wakes me up. I feel like I am trying to bite into steel, the sheer force wakes me up and then I get disturbed sleep, so that doesn't help. If thats not bad enough I am now clenching my teeth throughout the day. I seriously cannot help it, then I suddenly realise I am biting so hard it feels a million pounds of pressure from my ears right through to my jaw. My jaw cracks when I open it and its getting me down. I don't understand it, especially in the day, I am not intentionally clenching my teeth, but before I realse it I am clenching hard and it feels very hard on my back teeth. I must mention I have lost a few teeth over the years due to my inflammatory condition, mostly at the back, so now when I do grind or clench, the top teeth are grinding on my lower gums aswel, and its really sore.
Today I woke up after a very disturbed sleep and just had enough. I could hardly eat my breakfast as my gums were so sore and sensitive and my teeth felt like I had done a boxing match. I am going to the dentist tomorow, they booked me in quick when I said what the problem was, but really what can they do? I am concerned this will get worse and right now I am wondering is this as bad as it gets? Does this sound mild? I really don't want to come across as a hyperchondriac. Any advice would be really great and more to the point does anyone think this is TMJ?....Thanks for reading....