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Old 04-21-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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Discussion of possible TMJ Symptoms

Hi,

I've been having various symptoms for about a year now, I'll describe some of the symptoms plus the reasons for me thinking they could be TMJ related.

First symptom was shooting pains in my left ear, and then my right. Took antibiotics, they did nothing, eventually the pain stopped. Usually these were worse at night.

Second, I developed dizziness, headaches and ear problems. I did actually have fluid in my ear at one point, which I suspect is not TMJ related, but this was only briefly and went away within 2 weeks. I was sent to ENT twice and they checked my ears and said they were fine afterwards. I continued to get odd feelings in my ears, ear fullness all the time, and the feeling they are always leaking liquid. Doctors and ENT insist they are okay, though.

My latest and most concerning symptom is balance issues. It's not severe, it's subtle, but it's kinda like I'm walking on a boat with everything ever so slightly swaying in my head.

I also have soreness on the TMJ joints themselves, and my jaw is always tense and uncomfortable, I can never find a nice place for it and I clench constantly.

Now, the reason I think these issues may be TMJ related is because the doctor sent me for x-rays and I was told I have "sublaxation" of the TMJ joints, which I believe means partial dislocation. I gave not specifically een diagnosed with TMJ apart from being told I have sublaxation, but does anyone know if that is a term that would technically mean I have TMJ, and if so, can TMJ explain the symptoms I am having?

My anxiety level is extremely high now which does not help, I'm just looking for a way to start feeling better, hence my post here. If I can be sure it's TMJ, I can work on that basis, but I am not sure where to go for an actual diagnosis.

In short, I seem to have all the symptoms of TMJ but I want to be careful I don't just assume it's TMJ when there might be something else going on I am ignoring. It's not due to me not trying, though, I must have been to the doctors 12 times in the last year, and had two trips to ENT, and an xray. I also visited a dentist, and "TMJ sublaxation" is the only piece of knowledge I have got in all that time, it's really frustrating.

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Old 04-21-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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Re: Discussion of possible TMJ Symptoms

Jim1981,

Have you had your neck checked before? Like you, for one whole year I ran around different doctors (mostly dentists, ENTs, and neurologists) trying to look for a diagnosis and nobody could give me an answer to my symptoms. I didn't check my neck becaue I didn't feel anything there. It was only after one year my neck started feeling a little stiff, so I went to the chiropractor. He felt my neck and there was a misalignment. Ordered an x-ray and found that there was a loss of lordosis. I now go for weekly adjustments. For me the main issue is still the TMJ, but the neck adjustments do help a little.

Also, have you checked with a neurologist? Your symptoms do sound like you have some TMJ issues, but I would still check with a neurologist just to make sure you don't other have issues. I had 2 brain MRIs done and both came out clear. Both ENTs and neurologists couldn't find anything wrong with me, and that's how I became quite sure that my issues were about my TMJ.

Hope this helps.

 
Old 04-23-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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Hi,
The symptoms which you describe are very similar to what I have been experiencing recently. An ENT identified the problem as that of TMJ and prescribed an antidepressant by the name of Tripilene. You take a tiny dosage of 10 mg per evening and it really helps to sort out the problem. Because TMJ problems are so underrated and misunderstood, one can feel very distressed by the symptoms which present themselves - particularly those of feeling dizzy or disorientated. One automatically thinks it must be an ear problem and, of course, the neck is involved as well. I have been warned not to let any Maxillafacial surgeon do any operating on my jaw and I have had friends who have had operations to the jaw with devastatingly bad results. So the best option is to try and contain the TMJ problem.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Re: Discussion of possible TMJ Symptoms

Hi guys, thanks for the good advice.

Brenning, yes the dizziness is definitely the worst of it, it seems like I'm either light-headed and have dizziness and disorientation, or my head and jaw ache, one or the other.

Regards the triptilene, my doctor gave me something to take at night called amytriptiline, which I guess is the same thing. I stopped taking it because it gave me tinnitus, or at least worsened it, I am not sure why, but also because I think I do all my clenching in the day, I usually wake up feeling okay but by bed time I'm most sore.

I think I may need some kind of daytime mouth guard to stop me putting pressure on my jaw as a kind of constant stress reactions.

 
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Hi again Newbie. They have made me a tiny gumguard type of thing which fits over only my two front bottom teeth, but which, in fact, stops me clenching all my teeth. The product used is totally clear and so it cannot be noticed by anybody talking to you. I found this to be far more useful then a full mouth splint which made matters far worse for me.

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:16 AM   #6
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Re: Discussion of possible TMJ Symptoms

Brennin
be careful with that splint though, the one that does not cover all the teeth. Using it for more than 8 hours a day may cause your back teeth to erupt and the front teeth to not come together, termed an anterior open bite. This is very hard to fix, even with braces.

Jim1981
what you describe sounds like a TMJD case to me. Have an MRI of the head done, and visit a neurologist. If those two cannot rule out anything - the odds are it is in fact nothing else, but TMJD.

 
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TMJ82. Thanks for the information. I only use mine at night but am seeing a specialist on Wednesday so will relay your concerns to him. I find this TMJ area a very complicated area to sort out!
Brennin

 
Old 04-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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Re: Discussion of possible TMJ Symptoms

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Brennin
be careful with that splint though, the one that does not cover all the teeth. Using it for more than 8 hours a day may cause your back teeth to erupt and the front teeth to not come together, termed an anterior open bite. This is very hard to fix, even with braces.

Jim1981
what you describe sounds like a TMJD case to me. Have an MRI of the head done, and visit a neurologist. If those two cannot rule out anything - the odds are it is in fact nothing else, but TMJD.

TMJ82,
What does back teeth to erupt mean?
I've been wearing one of nti guards at night since jan. My dentist told me to wear it during the day too (that's how he treats tmjd). I've been givin it a try. Since wearing it at night I have noticed a decrease in my dizziness but now since wearing it during the day for the past month I now have a new symptom of shooting ear pain - never had that before ever. Almost seems like muscle spasms coming from below the ear lobe (maybe the scm muscle) is causing the pain. Not sure if things are changing for the best or worst... I have noticed my bite has changed, always had an open bite but now I can't bite down on anything thin with my front teeth.
Wearing it at night has helped, don't feel like I've been punched in the face in the morning any more. Don't really understand why he thinks wearing it during the day would help since I don't grind during the day. I do find I hold my jaw forward with it on but I still think I need a repositioning splint that allows the jaw to relax while it's held forward. Instead I'm holding my jaw forward while biting down on the guard during the day.
I do like this night guard better than others that I've worn, I felt like the others made me worse.
I just don't know what I do any more.

 
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