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    Old 03-30-2003, 01:39 PM   #1
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    HI! I'm Brigetta, and I just found this board. I've been dealing with the effects of TMJ for a relatively short period of time. I'm very curious as to the experiences of others, both in terms of symptoms and in terms of treatment.

    As of yet, I have not determined my course of treatment beyond chiropractic adjustments and stress reduction techniques.

    My symptoms appear to have been far less intense than many of yours, judging by these threads. Even so, at times they've been very disruptive to my life. My major complaints are the lump sensation in my throat, pain in front of my right ear and radiating down that side of my jaw, strange nerve sensations in my tongue, face,fingers and toes, dizziness and occasionally aching facial muscles.

    I'd be interested in anything I might learn here.

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    Old 03-30-2003, 01:53 PM   #2
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    One other question. What IS that lump sensation in the throat?
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    Old 03-30-2003, 02:39 PM   #3
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    Hi Brigetta & Welcome,
    I bumped Marlene's post of symtoms up for you. I did'nt know if you had managed to get through all of the posts. This is one of the best lists I've seen and answers a lot of questions for all of us.

    Usually the lump, if related to TMJD, is muscular.
    Sometimes, it can be the position of the jaw.

    I've had good results with Theraputic Massage relieving tightness and a pulling sensation in the throat.

    Good Luck,
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    Old 03-30-2003, 09:35 PM   #4
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    Hi Brigetta:
    When my TMJ first began I had relatively few symptoms. At first it was only that may jaw clicked sometimes and that was irritating but other than that wasn't too bad. As the years went on those symptoms became increasintly more intense and added to the clicking in my jaw was a jaw that locks open sometimes, headaches that would kill an elephant, pain behind my eyes, pain in my ear, ringing in my ears, the feeling that something is in my throat, my teeth hurt but not really hurt, this feeling comes and goes and moves around my mouth, a feeling like something is crawling under my teeth (gross I know), blurred vision to name a few. I am looking for a TMJ specialist who does splint therapy. Surgery has been suggested to me but I am not interested in surgery at all so I will try splint therapy first. Right now I have a splint that I wear only at night on my bottom teeth. I've been using it like 2 years with no improvement so I am looking for someone with TMJ speciality.
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    Old 04-01-2003, 10:48 AM   #5
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    Hi Brigetta, I'm new to this site also. I thought I was going crazy with the sensation of a lump in my throat. I went to 2 doctors who said there was no lump, but yet when I turn my head or swallow sometimes, I feel this lump in my throat. One doctor suggested that there is a muscle that runs down your neck, maybe it was that, but never TMJ. These were just regular physicians. I never thought of TMJ until my friend suggested it. I also have "shooting pain" headaches, sore muscles in my back and neck, pain in my back teeth. My left eye started twitching throughout the day about a month ago. I have also noticed "swollen glands" in the corners of my jaw. I had tingling in my feet in the morning, but that has subsided. I also "crack" my jaw unconsciously throughout the day. Has anyone figured out what the "lump" is? That one is bugging me he most!! My house is under construction and I assumed the stress of it all was causing all the symptoms. I guess I'll find out when the work is done!!

     
    Old 04-01-2003, 12:18 PM   #6
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    Thank you all for your comments. I was very interested to learn, in the 'symptoms' thread I believe it was, that this lump sensation is caused by muscles in the throat and neck.

    Since reading that,I have invested a lot of time stretching and massaging these muscles. I was very careful of course, and found many TMJ self care exercises to do online. Note: the exercises for the actual jaw seemed to increase rather than to decrease my symptoms.

    The lump sensation has diminished astonishingly. This surprises me greatly, as this is something that has been bothering me for months.

    This whole experience has been illuminating to me. I'm forty and in good health. I've never experienced chronic pain before; never had any awareness of the incredible costs in terms of the quality of life that these problems produce. It's been horrible.

    I've had tingling in my fingers and toes; particularly in the last three fingers on my right hand. I've had my first sinus infection (that's right, in my life!), an ear infection and an awful eye infection. I've had pain in my throat and neck, pain in my temples and great pain in my shoulder and arm. I've been dizzy and lightheaded and just generally unable to be present to my life.

    I'm looking forward to some relief, and I appreciate this resource because I fear I may have inadvertently chosen a form of treatment that increased rather than decreased these symptoms.

    Thank you all very, very much for taking the time to reply.

    I have one question for members more experienced with this problem. Have any of you utilized any exercisers for the jaw and neck? I've seen many online, purported to aid in the recovery of TMJ symptoms, but as I said, I'm fearful of trying anything that might increase rather than decrease my symptoms.
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    Old 04-01-2003, 12:26 PM   #7
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    i'm new to this group too! my symptoms are not quite as serious as some talked about here but they tend to be pretty disruptful. for instance, right now i sit here after my lunch with an annoying popping noise in my right ear. does anybody know what i'm talking about? when it first started happening, i thought there was seriously something wrong with my brain. now it just seems to come and go as it pleases. i saw an ENT doctor and he said my ears are fine. does this sound like a TMJ symptom?

    glad to have found you guys!

     
    Old 04-01-2003, 12:31 PM   #8
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    I believe it is a symptom, if the popping correlates to the movement of your jaw. Popping is indeed a TMJ symptom.
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    Old 04-01-2003, 12:36 PM   #9
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    it happens most after my jaw muscle and joint have been used or are stressed - it even happens if i'm carrying a heavy bag on my shoulder. it's very odd and annoying.

     
    Old 08-02-2004, 09:50 PM   #10
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    Re: Tons of Questions About Your TMJ Experiences

    hi,
    I am a newbie too.I have popping,clinching,jaw pain,ears ring and ache,nech and shoulder pain,headaches arent to often,my jaw only locks in am when I wake?pressure on my teeth,face feels wore out. anyway does this sound like a bad case or a mild case I have had it since I was 15 now I am 24.I as well would like to know what to expect.brig i am sure your nervious as am I but beleive me if you let it go it WILL only get worse.

     
    Old 08-04-2004, 11:04 AM   #11
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    Re: Tons of Questions About Your TMJ Experiences

    The lump in your throat is definitely related to neck tension and shortening of the major muscle groups that extend down the side of your neck and attach onto your upper rib cage. These muscles (groups) are not functioning properly and give you the sensation of the lump in the throat and swallowing difficultis.. I know this because I have the same problems and my superb physio has idnetified these muscle problems and neck tension.

    This a TMJ related problem as you have correctly assumed.

    The antidote is neck stretching exercises but these exericises must be done correctly with your spine/posture upright and aligned, and the neck not compensating (posture) in any way to allow you to achieve the stretch. The best bet is not to rely on internet pages outlining these streches but to see a physio who has experience dealing with TMJ and can guide you through the exercises to see you do them correctly.

    The popping/clicking in the ear is also related to lower neck muscle invovlement. Chances are your tounge is not funtioning properly, and lower neck muscles are getting involved with the swallowing action, this in turn brings muscles into the ear into play.

    Again this is happening to me.

    Anyway hope this helps.

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    Old 08-04-2004, 08:01 PM   #12
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    hi,im new to the tmj boards,but no the health boards,I have posted in the past on the inner ear forum .I am 26 years old,I just wanted to know if anyone has ear popping with there tmj,I have been lightheaded and somewhat off balance and dizzy since last nov. I have been misdiagnosed more times than I care to remember,and finally,I found that I have severe tmj,I am having a splint made by a neuromuscular dentist/oral surgeon. I am in a living nightmare,I have anxiety so bad I cant leave my house. I have ear popping that doesnt stop,jaw popping,headaches,un-explained ear aches with no infection,my throat bothers me,my neck and shoulders are constantly tight and hurt.so basically classic tmjd symptoms. for some reason my jaw is pressing on parts of my ear. fortunately I am in new york and have acess to some dr.s who seem to know how to help,I am just praying at this point to get my life back. anyway ,all of you are a real help,just to read that I am not alone,though I am in reality going through this on my own. thanks in advance for anyone who reply about the ear popping,mike

     
    Old 08-19-2004, 09:35 AM   #13
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    I have suffered for 2 yrs with TMJ...the worst symptom at present being tinnitus. I have given up on medicine (muscle relaxers/neurontin/anti anxiety meds/NSAIDS) and trying accupuncture now. I am an RN, married to an MD. Medicine or lack of scientific knowledge/resources isn't solving this problem. It appears it goes deeper but I am v. concerned given the length of time I have had this, that I now own it.

    I am v. hopeful that alternative medicine can help. This is really miserable.

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