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Old 08-22-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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TMJ- How does TMJ affect an Epileptic patient??

Hi Ya'll,
I was just diagnoised with TMJ last Feb. After taking about a year to figure out what it was a Neurologist told me. However, I am wondering if it's the side effects to Tmj i'm feeling 1/2 the time, or something worse like tumor coming back. I had surgery in 98 for a benign tumor which was causing seizures(had them since i was born), but things like not having any feeling on my head/scalp by where my scar is really scares me.I haven't had that happen since the first few months after surgery.In one way I find that impossible because the tumor was benign, but curiosity gets the best of me if it's the TMJ or not. Along with wondering how much my dedication to smoking the last couple years has effected it.

Has anyone else had the same side effect along with the plugged ears and headaches????? I'm still wondering who I should be going to for treatment, my doctor didn't think there was anything wrong until I went to a neurologist, and now I have a plate....eventhough i grind my teeth a little at is not helping much...Now i'm not sure which is better going back and speaking to my dentist or my family doctor???

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Old 08-23-2008, 05:12 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ- How does TMJ affect an Epileptic patient??


I saw your post and wanted to respond, as I have similar stuff going on here. I have TMJ, as confirmed by doctors. I do not get the headaches, but I am on Topamax for my seizures, and that is also prescribed for migraines. What caught my interest is your mention of plugged ears. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to my PCP thinking I have fluid in my ears, only to be told it's clear. Strangely, she has told me it looks like it's bulging a bit, but there's never any fluid. She has mentioned that it's probably related to my TMJ, so I'm thinking that it's a good possiblility that your case just might be also, although it's just a guess. I do find myself clenching alot.

First off, I'd recommend calling your regular doctor and asking if they think the clogged ear thing could be a symptom of TMJ. If so, then I think you should probably call your dentist and ask if he/she makes up those nightguards. If not, perhaps they can recommend an orthodontist who does.
I understand your concerns about the tumor and it is completely understandable. The sooner you address this issue, the better you will feel. Good luck to you.

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