TMJ - What is my future going to look like?
I could get hit by a car tomorrow, so I am aware that you probably cannot see into the future, but perhaps a few predictions since I wont see my doctor for a while and feel a bit like getting some feedback/"support"..
TL;DR at the bottom.
I think about 3 years ago it started, because thats when a dentist tried to put my Jaw back in place after it went out of its hinges while I got a cavity fixed.
I say tried because I do not remember having problems with my jaw prior to this, and my bite was not all messed up before that event either.
About a week ago, I had trouble eating a skittle with my left side, and after a strange incident where I was able to blow air into my jaw/cheek region.
Looked more and more like TMJ to me.. I am a hypochondriac, although I have forced it away quite a bit over the years.
I went to a great doctor here in New Zealand where I currently reside for a Working Holiday.
This is where it kind of becomes worrying. He did a few tests, where I was supposed to fight against his grip, and was unable to until I was biting on a piece of wood that prevented my jaw to push all the way back..
He explained to me that the brain is so overstimulated with pain signals from the jaw that it does not care about the arms at that point.
Hopefully my Travel Insurance is going to pay for the treatments, he is going to give me a splint.
At first I was quite exited, because I suffer from Depression, sleeping disorder, anxiety and small pain all over the place, and it looked like this might improve my overall well being.
But then, Oh internet.. I felt worse and worse, because now I see that it is incurable, and from some of the stories I have read it gets worse?
I am not looking for any kind of fairness here, life is not fair. But what describes me well is how I hated the Japanese comic writer Eiichiro Oda for cutting of my favourite characters left arm, because he now can not fight at his full potential.
I do have a small tremor in both of my hands, and had it for many years, I hope this might also be part of the TMJ problem, since I can think of something much worse that I don't wish upon anyone.
My doctor here specialises on TMJ and Sleeping disorder, and I am quite confident that I wont find anyone better.
Am I likely to get worse and worse even with good treatment?
The test with the Arms have me worried that I would be stronger without the TMJ.
The doctor has told me about 3 months treatment with a splint where we does weekly checkups, I assume after that I just live with a splint if it works.