Re: tmj since i was seven
I'm so sorry to hear that you've been suffering with TMJ from such a young age and for such a long time...
Do you know what your specific issue is? What treatments have you tried? Have you and your parents/caregivers researched the best modern neuromuscular dentist to send you to?
I spent years in debilitating pain and was told by my traditional NM dentist there was nothing I could do. Thank goodness I didn't listen. I didn't stop until I found the best modern NM dentist I could (it's worth travelling if necessary) and now I'm in phase two treatment with pain almost gone.
Most medical fields are now standardized and generally, to practice within that field, you have to be competent. This means that when we go to a specialist, we can assume we will get the “best practices” in their field. This is an assumption we make about our TMJ specialists but the field of TMJ has not been standardized yet. Unlike almost any other illness or disorder, the field of TMJ has yet to agree on best practices. This means they haven’t agreed on the best thing to do (actually they disagree about this)! There are these two very different camps (traditional and modern), but even within those two camps, specialists practice very, very differently. This makes the likelihood of finding the right treatment for you way harder than you’d expect (or than you may even know!). If you don't understand this about TMJ, it's easy to get lost in pain with no treatment (like I did) or get the wrong treatment (like so many others - just read some postings!).
There are also many things you can do to improve your condition while getting proper neuromuscular treatment. Seeing a TMJ physiotherapist (so important to get your muscles in working order and correct your posture), seeing a TMJ specialty chiropractor, getting a Tens machine for the jaw, applying moist heat, taking supplements like magnesium, getting acupuncture for the jaw - to name a few that have helped me.
You are young and shouldn't have to shoulder this by yourself. Get your parents (or support people) involved so that they can help you. If you feel comfortable, you could show them this post. You (or they) are welcome to PM me if you have any questions.
Hang in there and don't give up! TMJ is very hard to treat and so finding a way out requires a lot of investigation and effort. It requires seeing different NM dentists until you find the right one to help and trying a lot of different things to find relief for the pain. It's worth the work so that you can get proper treatment for your TMJ and get back to full wellness - you don't want this to erode your health over time by leaving is untreated or by getting the wrong treatment. This way you can go back to being young and having fun.
Best of luck in your recovery,