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Old 09-13-2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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8 Weeks after Head Injury

I was knocked out badly by a horse almost 2 months ago, and found out about TMJ through google.. After initially being most worried about my eye and neck (they were the most painful at the time), about 4 days after the accident I developed severe pain in my face, jaw and ears. I was hit on the right side of my face above my eye, but it is the left side of my jaw that has been the major problem. Also when I lie down and breathe through my nose there is a weird feeling, best way to describe it is like air bubbles high in my nose, definitely not normal..lol!
My dentist has checked my teeth and thought they looked ok..My jaw is still clicking out of place easily, although not unbearably painful, more of a tight/pressure feeling. I was naughty and didn't even go to the Dr for 2 weeks, he prescribed diazepam, anti-inflamms, and some nerve sedatives to help me sleep..
These did slightly help, enough to function, although I was still very tired alot and always felt dizzy and basically 'hungover'.. I finished taking my drugs about a week ago and I can feel that the symptoms are getting worse again, my jaw is clenching, my ears are swollen inside and the pressure on my head is pretty bad, although it seems to be a bit higher, more beside my eyes. My Dr doesn't seem overly concerned and hasn't suggested an x-ray or scan, but I am quite worried about the long term effects of all of this.. It's been suggested I go to a cranial osteo/chiropractor, just can't really afford it.
I have read a few threads on here, just after any more advice

 
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: 8 Weeks after Head Injury

Hi There MissCookie,

I am sorry to hear you are having so much head and facial pain. I understand how you feel. If you are hearing any clicking in your jaw when you open your mouth you need to see a doctor and get an MRI of the jaw joints. This will shed some light on whether or not both your jaw discs are still in the correct position.

Like You,

I also began my tmj journey when I was hit in the head by a horse. He flung his head and hit mine right in the side of my face on the right side, injuring my right tmj disc. People forget that although they are beautiful animals, they can be dangerous and do have a mind of their own. I love them still though.

Please go see a qualified tmj dentist (specialist) and have them order an mri of your jaw discs. This will give your doctor a clear idea of what is happening in there. From your description it sounds as if one or both of your joints may have been injured in this accident. You also injured the soft tissue ,ligaments, etc from the hit as well.

Does your bite feel off? Like your teeth dont quite fit together correctly anymore? Are you beginning to favor one side of your mouth when chewing? I didn't seek medical attention after my accident either and the first thing I noticed was that I was favoring a side when I ate my meals. Shortly after the head and facial pain kicked in for me. I mainly struggled with headaches until more recently with the facial pain.

Rest your jaw as much as possible, and use heat until you can get in to see a doctor. Please keep using your anti- inflammatory meds until you begin a treatment plan.

Best of luck to you!

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Old 09-18-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Re: 8 Weeks after Head Injury

Thanks Misty, it's good to hear of other people's experiences Yes, our horses are great, it was just a freak accident!

My dentist checked my bite etc and said everything seemed ok, even though they felt crooked to me. This has improved although I broke part of a back tooth from the jaw clenching a couple of days later, but I haven't been back yet. It is covered by ACC (Accident Compensation here in NZ), but there will probably still be a cost..

I seem to have the most problems at night, when I lie down and even move my jaw slightly it grinds and clicks in and out, only on the left side. Also when I chew on that side it does the same, however this isn't overly painful. I am reluctant to try and get it all investigated further as our health system is so slow, I have just waited 3 months for an ultrasound on my hands, as there has been a number of referral and appointment stuff ups etc.. The flip side of that is some of the stories I've read about TMJD are pretty scary so I don't want to leave it just hoping for the best!

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Old 09-19-2012, 05:48 AM   #4
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Re: 8 Weeks after Head Injury

MissCookie,

It is unfortunate that your health system is so slow. I can't imagine having to wait that long for a simple procedure.

Please understand though that tmj is a progressive problem and does tend to get worse over time. Only tmj specialists who have undergone extensive studies of the jaw can really give you an accurate diagnosis. Your bite might look fine to a dentist but he isn't looking at your joints which it sounds to me, where your problem might actually lie. It is very possible your head injury caused an injury to your disc.

Try and do a search and see if there might be any specialists in your area. I hope you feel better soon.

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