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Old 04-25-2012, 05:46 AM   #1
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Got my disc back, but it wont stay! Now what?

So yesterday I went to the TMJ dentist I mentioned in an earlier post. He successfully maneuvered my jaw to recapture my left disc, after pumping my joint full of lidocaine (sp?). I was ecstatic. 50mm opening! woo hoo!

However, my disc won't "stay". Even with the original repositioning splint in there, the disc kept slipping back in front of my joint. The dentist was able to get it to "pop back", but I am unable to pop it back myself. The dentist said my ligaments were "loose" and were unable to hold the disc in where it needed to be.

So, we made a bigger splint, that holds my mouth in a position so that the disc has to stay put. He said that when I come back in 4 weeks we will start injections (of sugar water and lidocaine - so prolotherapy injections?) that will help strengthen the ligaments on my left side in the hopes that it will be able to stay.

My splint is huge. 10mm high in the back and I can barely close my lips. Talking is certainly a challenge, and I have no idea how I'm going to eat.

I would love to hear from anyone that has gone through the whole injection thing (not steroid injections), that was able to increase strength in their ligaments...

Or heck, how do I power through with this huge repositioning splint in my mouth? I feel like a freak. Although the HUGE upside is that my pain is nearly gone. I think that makes it worth it.

 
Old 05-08-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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Re: Got my disc back, but it wont stay! Now what?

Just wanted to give an update - I had my splint cut down yesterday -- I started having A LOT of pain last week with my jaw being in such an exaggerated position. My opening is now 40mm or so -- dentist said that the disc may not be completely captured. And, if I lock again, they will leave me locked and treat me as a locked patient. He said that discs are nice to have, but they are not necessary. Even if the disc slips out again and doesn't reduce - he said that many of my symptoms can be treated even without the disc in place. We will just have to see if my ligaments can hold the disk in. In the meantime I am taking Glucosamine Chondroitin and starting some injection therapy...

I guess I'm confused because reading on here it seems that many surgeons advise to have the discs sutured in, or removed entirely? Why is there such disagreement about whether they are needed or not?

I am nervous about well, eating anything, but my pain is really really low so I'm taking that as a good sign.

 
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