Found this forum by accident and would like to share this as I am SURE it will help you, as I had every TMJ symptom going, but I am cured to a large degree, so I just want to HELP as I know the pain!!!
I had TMJ disorder for 2 years before it was correctly diagnosed.
Part of the problem was that I had bad jaw and facial swelling,so Doctors thought it was sinus problems at first,etc.I was in permanant agony as my face almost felt numb/heavy, my neck ears and shoulders were agony,my Jaw was so sore I sometimes couldnt speak,I had knots in the muscle of my Jaw, i was sooo tired...
I felt like giving up.
After 16 Doctors with no answers and 2 years of agony,heat spray, hot water bottles, ibuprofen,magnesium sprays,mouth plate,anything I could think of,-sound familiar?I got diagnosed properly by a Maxillo Facial Surgeon at my local hospital(I live in the uk)all the dentists and doctors didnt recognise the symptoms but he did.
In short I was put on a 35 mg dose of NORTRYPTILINE
It takes 3 weeks to work, but amazingly, it has cured it
I have been free of TMJ for 7 months now, Please ask your doctor for this medicine,although it is classed as a trycyclic antidepressant in large doses, the small dose acts like a local anaesthetic and muscle relaxant,and often is given for chronic fatigue too-so I have loads of energy now,and am pain and swelling free.Jaw fine, face fine-everything normal.
Dont keep suffering-the cure was so simple, I hope I save you the 2 years of pain I had.Get your life back.
Please ask your doctor or surgeon for this before they tell you you need that expensive joint replacement operation-I bet you you will be fine!!