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Old 06-22-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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Steroids for TMJ

I had TMJ, chronic head aches and an earache for about 6 years. Last summer I was put on steroids for an unrelated problem and my TMJ went away. Just before the steroids it was so bad I was sleeping with an icepack on my jaw.

I was wondering if anyone else had ever taken steroids for their TMJ. It doesn't seem like it's a common treatment but it's been a year and the TMJ, headache or earaches have yet to return.

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Old 06-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: Steroids for TMJ


Yes, I have done the 4 week, 2 week & 1 week pack(s) of the roids. I did see a great reduction in my swelling, discomfort and pain. The pain did not go away 100% , but it was reduced. I asked my DX why could I not just live with the roid pack and got a loooooooog lecture over the damage long time/every day use of the roids could and would cause. Sad thing is once you get off of them the TMJ is still there. But for someone is pain with excessive swelling, I think the roid pack is great to get control of the swelling & pain. Hope you find answers!
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Re: Steroids for TMJ

If you have a lot of inflammation in the joint prednisone can help. But you have to be careful. Too much can actually make TMJ worse because the steroids will eat away at your bone. Like Shirlett, my Doctors (Dr. Warburton and Dr. Piper) are always telling me how bad using steroids is, and to never let anyone inject steroids directly into the TMJ area.

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