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Old 07-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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Red face This HAS to be TMJ disorder... right??

10 months ago, I had a panic attack while driving down the interstate. It seemed to come out of nowhere. Ever since that moment, I have had constant symptoms of something wrong...I thought I was going crazy, I thought I had a brain tumor, all sorts of stuff...after my MRI and numerous blood work had been done and came up clear and fine, I was very confused...

Then i went to see a massage therapist. I told her that many of my symptoms (which revolve around my head and neck) seem to go away completely when I yawn. She mentioned I might have TMJ disorder. I knew I had always had a f*cked up jaw..it locked open a few times several years ago, and I always grind my teeth at night. At the time of my first panic attack, I was under a lot of stress. I thought, you know..maybe you're right about the TMJ thing.

I went to a chiropractor..he said I have "a little TMJ going on". I researched this further and it seems my symptoms fit into this disorder. I was wondering if you guys can relate.

These are my symptoms that remain constant:

-Intense pressure in my sinus cavity - bridge of nose, cheeks, around my eyes, forehead, and seemingly in the "center" of my head.
-Neck muscles twitch and slightly jerk my head or make my head quiver while sitting in certain positions.
-Visual disturbances..like blurred, weird vision like I'm looking through a lens at the world. Visual snow. Extreme light sensitivity (burned images stay in my visual field longer than they used to)
-VERY VERY tense/hard neck and trapezius muscles.
-Ringing in ears
-Insomnia
-Tightness around my head, like a tight rubber band going around my head just above my ears/around my temples.
-Heaviness in head

These symptoms go away temporarily when I yawn. And when I yawn, my jaw moves dramatically to one side and i have to actually think to make it go back to its "normal" position. Sometimes when I swallow my saliva , the pressure in my sinus cavity gets intense and then I get dizzy and I have been experiencing some sort of vertigo and being off balance and totally out of it. Oh, not to mention the lovely anxiety and panic attacks and depression because of these "mystery" symptoms.

Does this really sound like TMJ? I almost feel stupid asking the question because my gut says, HELL YES! But I really need some comfort and reassurance. I have not been to a dentist yet because my healthy insurance doesn't go into affect for another month. I am thinking of going straight to a TMJ specialist. What do you think?

Also - I think this is important to note - I USED TO have migraines and almost daily headaches, but those have for the most part gone away. Weird isnt it? also, I don't really feel any pain at all in my jaw or face or head...it's just this intense tightness and other weird things going on. And that first panic attack happened while I was singing in the car, REALLY loudly..I mean I was really exerting myself and part of me thinks that strain on my neck and jaw muscles caused the weird feeling that triggered the panic attack...and those feelings haven't gone away since...

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: This HAS to be TMJ disorder..right??

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10 months ago, I had a panic attack while driving down the interstate. It seemed to come out of nowhere. Ever since that moment, I have had constant symptoms of something wrong...I thought I was going crazy, I thought I had a brain tumor, all sorts of stuff...after my MRI and numerous blood work had been done and came up clear and fine, I was very confused...

Then i went to see a massage therapist. I told her that many of my symptoms (which revolve around my head and neck) seem to go away completely when I yawn. She mentioned I might have TMJ disorder. I knew I had always had a f*cked up jaw..it locked open a few times several years ago, and I always grind my teeth at night. At the time of my first panic attack, I was under a lot of stress. I thought, you know..maybe you're right about the TMJ thing.

I went to a chiropractor..he said I have "a little TMJ going on". I researched this further and it seems my symptoms fit into this disorder. I was wondering if you guys can relate.

These are my symptoms that remain constant:

-Intense pressure in my sinus cavity - bridge of nose, cheeks, around my eyes, forehead, and seemingly in the "center" of my head.
-Neck muscles twitch and slightly jerk my head or make my head quiver while sitting in certain positions.
-Visual disturbances..like blurred, weird vision like I'm looking through a lens at the world. Visual snow. Extreme light sensitivity (burned images stay in my visual field longer than they used to)
-VERY VERY tense/hard neck and trapezius muscles.
-Ringing in ears
-Insomnia
-Tightness around my head, like a tight rubber band going around my head just above my ears/around my temples.
-Heaviness in head

These symptoms go away temporarily when I yawn. And when I yawn, my jaw moves dramatically to one side and i have to actually think to make it go back to its "normal" position. Sometimes when I swallow my saliva , the pressure in my sinus cavity gets intense and then I get dizzy and I have been experiencing some sort of vertigo and being off balance and totally out of it. Oh, not to mention the lovely anxiety and panic attacks and depression because of these "mystery" symptoms.

Does this really sound like TMJ? I almost feel stupid asking the question because my gut says, HELL YES! But I really need some comfort and reassurance. I have not been to a dentist yet because my healthy insurance doesn't go into affect for another month. I am thinking of going straight to a TMJ specialist. What do you think?

Also - I think this is important to note - I USED TO have migraines and almost daily headaches, but those have for the most part gone away. Weird isnt it? also, I don't really feel any pain at all in my jaw or face or head...it's just this intense tightness and other weird things going on. And that first panic attack happened while I was singing in the car, REALLY loudly..I mean I was really exerting myself and part of me thinks that strain on my neck and jaw muscles caused the weird feeling that triggered the panic attack...and those feelings haven't gone away since...
IT could be TMJ but you need to see a specialist in oral and facial pain disorders to get this diagnosed. Once your medical insurance kicks in follow up. I would also suggest seeing a neurologist if you haven't seen one. Good luck.

 
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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Re: This HAS to be TMJ disorder..right??

I found out my insurance doesn't cover TMJ specialists..awesome. So i'm going to one anyway in a couple weeks!

 
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