best medication for TMJ pain - non drowsy
I'm almost 6 weeks into a NM orthotic and only getting very small improvement. I thought I could tough it out, but it seems that i'm in this for at least 4-6 more months based on others experience and probably need something. My pain is muscle and nerve. I get some tightening in the face and some tingling down to the lips with some joint pain. (also some eye and ear pain and finger tingling) i'm NOT a clencher. I was given muscle relaxers but they make me too drowsy. OTC stuff like tylenol, advil and motrin don't see to do much and upset my stomach.
I've heard some people take neurontin, some said it made it worse? Any experience? does it make you drowsy?
I've also heard about antidepressents but it can take weeks to take affect and make you clench. Do these make you drowsy? Are there other side affects? What kind of patient benefits from these?
I'm actually okay in the evenings(moist heat, tens) and sleeping. I need something I can take morning and still work. I cannot be drowsy all day, I need to be focused. I know some meds you can't take randomly you need to be all or nothing. I would prefer just weekdays. I can survive the weekends. Any suggestions?