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Posted by Sherri
on September 15, 2000 at 12:43:38:
In Reply to: tmj - locked jaw posted by Heather on August 27, 2000 at 20:22:15:
Well your story just about brought tears to my eyes! 7 years ago my jaw started locking open and closed. My jaw never opened properly my entire life so I would push my bottom jaw out and drop it down dislocating it each time I did that. (I didn't know that this was wrong) I did have popping but no other symtoms.
Surgery was suggested and I did it because I was willing to take the chance that it might get better. I was not going to live my life with my jaw always locking. Surgery worked FOR ME. It's been 7 years now and I am still going.
Your chiropractor was correct is saying that medical thinks it's a dental problem and vice versa. My inusrance would not cover 1 red cent of my surgery, I had to make other arrangements.
It is VERY frustrating that this disease is ignored by health insurance companies.
My suggestion would be to find yourself an Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon. You have to pay for it, might as well make it worth your money! The OMS might be able to prescribe a muscle relaxer to see if that will help relax your jaw. Then you can get a good evaluation.
I have a webpage about my TMJ experience, if you are interested e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org