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Re: Slipped Disc TMJ

Re: Slipped Disc TMJ

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Posted by michelle on October 14, 1999 at 14:10:23:

In Reply to: Slipped Disc TMJ posted by Angier on September 27, 1999 at 05:41:15:

: The disc in my Tempero mandibular joint has slipped, and I cannot open my mouth, chew, or lie on my back without pain. Has anyone had this problem? Has anyone had treatment for it? I would appreciate any advice you may have as I live in India and am going to have to go back to the States for treatment, and I just don't know what to expect. Thank you.

I had the same problem two years ago. I lived w/it for six months and then had a steroid injection at Mass General
Hospital. Before the injection my jaw was locked and couldn't open more than 25mm. After the injection I could open it
45mm and the pain was much less intense. That was about 19 months ago and in the past few months my jaw has been
clicking a lot and this can be extremely painful. The next step would be surgery, which I am trying to avoid. I guess the injection
just loosens up the joint, but it cannot put the disc back in place. However, they cannot guarantee that surgery would
work either, so the injection is a much less risky thing to do. Good Luck!
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