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Old 01-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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TMJ symptoms and how long can they last?

Hello everyone,
I am posting on behalf of my Mom. Long story short, in a short period of time starting in July 2012, my Mom had a root canal on a molar, a crown on a neighboring tooth, among other dental procedures. Shortly thereafter, she was experiencing pretty severe pain on the left side of her jaw & was diagnosed with TMJ. After going to multiple dentists, a neurologist (now she is seeing a 2nd neurologist), having 2 teeth extracted, having blood work done--all normal-- she is still experiencing this severe pain in the same area where all the dental work was done MONTHS ago. Most of the doctors have said it is not related to the actual teeth, but it is TMJ related and also related to nerves. The neurologist has prescribed her a medication for pain, but she is experiencing side effects from the medicine, so she does not want to increase her dose. The dentists keep telling her to give it more time, because cases like this can take months to go away. But how long is appropriate to wait when in pain?? Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I have read that having excessive dental work in a short period of time can trigger TMJ and these symptoms. She did not have anything like this prior to July--no TMJ,no pain. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated since we are at a loss of what to do at this point to make her pain go away!!! Thanks in advance,
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ symptoms and how long can they last?

Also!

You may want to try some sort of mouth guard at night for grinding teeth. That will set off TMJ.

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Re: TMJ symptoms and how long can they last?

Hello there~.

I've had TMJ for years, (sense I was 15 years old) and it has never gone away. However, mine wasn't caused by dentistry, so this may not be the case for your mother.

My advice is this: First of all, ibuprofen (Advil's main ingredient) has always worked as a pain reliever for my jaw. This is because ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory agent, and helps relieve the tendon and muscles.

Secondly, press an ice pack, or a cooled wash cloth to the side of the jaw that hurts when it starts hurting. This will also help the inflammation that causes the pain that your mother is experiencing. If this does nothing, you could try a hot press of sorts, but it's never done anything for me.

Thirdly, physical therapy does exist to help people with TMJ. I went to a therapist who helped work my jaw and taught me many simple exercises to help relieve my TMJ pain. My favorite, and the most useful to me, is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and, keeping your tongue pressed there, open your mouth 10 times. (not to the point that it hurts, but enough to stretch out those jaw muscles.) I made sure to do this three times a day. More if I needed it.

Anyway, I hope that this was helpful to you. You and your mother will be counted in my prayers.

Good luck, and God bless.

 
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for your response, Miche12. She is actually taking pain medicine that was prescribed by one of the neurologists, but unfortunately is giving her other side effects. She had been taking Advil and/or Extra Strength Tylenol, both of which gave her only minimal relief. She has a mouth guard that she wears when she sleeps. The warm compress on the jaw seems to give her some relief. I will have to let her know about the physicial therapy for TMJ and the tongue exercise you suggested. She has an appt scheduled to see a TMJ specialist next week so we are looking forward to him maybe having some answers or more suggestions. I'm also in the process of looking into 2 other conditions called trigeminal neuralgia and jaw alignment disorder--I want to have questions prepared for the TMJ doctor. This whole thing has been a nightmare!! She has a large crown in the back of her mouth that she believes is also a main contributor to this pain, but some of the dentists have said it is NOT this tooth, but it is the nerves/muscles from the TMJ, and they will not remove it. So we will see! Thank you again for your help!

 
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