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Old 09-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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pressure in face and dizziness!!

I'm new to this board and I'm wondering if tmj is my problem. Since October of 2011 I have had daily ongoing dizziness, intense "sinus" pressure that never goes away, tight jaw muscles that won't relax, daily headaches, pain behind my eye and throat tightness. My jaw muscles get so tight that it affects my ability to form words, which is a concern for me as I speak for a living. I've been cleared for MS by a neurologist and cleared for any sinus pathology by a CT scan and ENT exam. A PT suggested it may be tmj related (my jaw clicks on the right side, the same side where my ear gets a dull ache and where my eye pain is). I just find it hard to believe that my jaw can cause such problems and wondered if anyone has suffered similar symptoms and has been successfully treated through neuromuscular dentistry. I'm see a NMD end of Sept but I know it will be loads of money to spend and would really like to hear from people who have already been through it!

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:36 AM   #2
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Anyone??

I am a mother to young children and I cannot function at all.

I would really appreciate the insight of people on this board who have been through this or know someone who has!

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #3
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Re: pressure in face and dizziness!!

The only thing I can say that may make you feel better is I'm in a similar boat.However not for the same reasons I believe. My jaw tension and ear pain/ pressure including over my nose pressure and throat tightness seems to be allergies.Mine started in march and have been going on up to now. It seems lessened by allergy meds but not by much. What I can share with you is how to help your jaw. 1: try to see a tmj specalist it's worth the money.What this will do is he will check your bite and jaw position to see if it's out of place.By the sounds of your clicking it seems probable.Then he may suggest a corrective splint to realign your jaw. 2: you are probably jaw clenching hence why your jaw muscles are tense. This usually happens at night and there are splints to prevent this. 3: you may be clenching also during the day so you need to make a conscious effort to stop this. Also there are a multitude of jaw massages you can do to help your muscles relax( give them a chance it takes a few days).4: stop drinking stimulants like coffee/ alcohol etc and take magnesium tablets this will help the pain. And to answer your question yes tmj can do all those things you have. But so can other things so have a tmj doc check you out and if he says your ok then go to your family doc

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Old 09-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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Re: pressure in face and dizziness!!

Thanks for the response! I have gone through the whole possibility of allergies and did the sinus rinses (NeilMed), Claritin, nasal steroid spray, etc. Also had a sinus endoscope done and the ENT said my sinuses and nasal passages were completely clear.

I know for a fact that I clench and grind at night as I've caught myself doing it in the middle of the night. I do not clench whatsoever during the day. I tried using an NTI device at night time. Used it for 5 weeks and it was horrible as it ended up badly screwing up the other side of my jaw to the point it would lock open. Took a while after a stopped using it to get that side to calm down.

I've had intraoral massage, trigger point massage, NUCCA adjustments, acupuncture and tried an SSRI for anxiety. Absolutely nothing has helped whatsoever. The pressure and tension in my face and jaw is not just there first thing in the morning. It lasts all day - and, in fact, gets worse as the day progresses. The dizziness/off balance feeling all day is doing me in. I just hope the neuromuscular dentist visit will prove worthwhile for me.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Re: pressure in face and dizziness!!

But please do try the tmj specific exercises,they will relieve the tension and pain I know cuz I'm the same way. I live 24/7 with this right now and I'm using these exercises and my pain/ pressure is 40% less than before. I to am going to a specalist again this Friday hopefully he will listen!! Good luck and keep me posted I'd like to hear if your treatments in the future work

 
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Re: pressure in face and dizziness!!

Finding that tmjd diagnosis can be very challenging at times.

There have been other former members on this board who have been successful with treatment by neuromuscular dentists. You may be on the right track.

Honestly, many of the other treatments you've tried are taking you in the right direction. I used some of them in conjunction with my lower mandibular repositioning splint therapy.

I wish you luck at your appointment.
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Finding that tmjd diagnosis can be very challenging at times.

There have been other former members on this board who have been successful with treatment by neuromuscular dentists. You may be on the right track.

Honestly, many of the other treatments you've tried are taking you in the right direction. I used some of them in conjunction with my lower mandibular repositioning splint therapy.

I wish you luck at your appointment.
Thanks for your response MountainReader! I'm wondering if the other treatments didn't have an impact because I haven't addressed the primary offender - the TMJD. This is only a guess, of course. Perhaps they would have more impact if I start them AFTER splint therapy? Is that how your journey unfolded?

 
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But please do try the tmj specific exercises,they will relieve the tension and pain I know cuz I'm the same way. I live 24/7 with this right now and I'm using these exercises and my pain/ pressure is 40% less than before. I to am going to a specalist again this Friday hopefully he will listen!! Good luck and keep me posted I'd like to hear if your treatments in the future work
I will certainly keep you posted and please do share the outcome of your appt this Friday. Would you mind sharing some of the specific exercises you have found relief with? Maybe I'm just not doing the right ones because I haven't found any exercises yet that have provided any relief whatsoever.

 
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Re: pressure in face and dizziness!!

My symptoms manifested in the form of ear issues first so it took me a while to figure out it was TMJD. Once I figured it out, it took me a couple tries to find a specialist to really meet my needs. On the visit to my first TMJ dentist, he referred me to a PT in my area. I didn't like his overall approach, but I really found benefit with this PT. She was trained to do orofacial releases, neck work, shoulder and back work and she worked on my overall alignment. I started splint therapy with another orthodontist after I started the PT. I found the combination made a teriffic difference. I was feeling the ear pain, but hadn't realized my facial muscles were in constant spasm until the combination of treatments helped relieve those spasms.

I have had some facial issues. My ears went "numb" before the other symptoms set in. I went to my PCP, ENT and even had a brain MRI and they couldn't find a reason. When they figured out the TMJD it made more sense.

I ended up finding a Functional Orthodontist with extra training in TMJ treatment, orofacial pain, etc... In viewing the credentials and talking to his office and other offices, including a couple of neuromuscular dentists, I really liked his extended training in TMJD treatment and his philosophies in treatment. There have been others on this board who found neuromuscular dentists they had good success with though. At least both types of orthodontists look at the face and bite in relation to the teeth. The first TMJ dentist I went to had 100% TMJ practice, came recommended and actually taught at a local university. I didn't like his overall approach and felt he really wasn't committed to really helping me through this process. The dentist I'm seeing is very committed, willing to listen to my issues throughout the process and willing to try to work through those issues. He has never made judgement and has always been willing to take time to talk. He also happens to be a holistic dentist and spends time talking about my whole body health as part of my approach. As he explains, if the body isn't healthy, the tmj won't heal as well or quickly as it could.
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