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    Old 10-04-2004, 12:21 PM   #16
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    Smile Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Ditto for what the previous poster says. I've had TMD for 15+ years and know what I can and cannot eat to avoid pain. You don't have to limit yourself if the food doesn't cause discomfort. Soft foods are definitely easier on the jaw, but there are a variety of soft foods you can have rather than the same old thing.

    Talk to a dietician about getting a copy of what's called a mechanical soft diet. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by the variety you can eat without hurting yourself.

    Basically, stay away from raw fruits, hard foods, and tough to chew meats (e.g. steak). You'll learn through trial and error what works for you.

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    Old 10-04-2004, 12:22 PM   #17
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    From the research I have done on TMJ many if not most people get better. I think those who post here are the worst of the worst (NO OFFENSE MEANT ANYONE!!). Many have the clicking and popping and never experience any pain and it is a mere annoyance. But do get checked. Ear problems can definately indicate something is going on. Besides the severe headaches I get, my ear pain is my chief complaint (along with difficulty and pain with any type of jaw movement). And there are many other soft foods I have discovered and I will probably be on a soft food diet for the rest of my life. If I can become pain free I wouldn't care!!
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    Ah. If I have to eat soft food to make my ear better i'll die.

    If I chew on the opposite side, can that help? Because the ear problem is only on one side.

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    Old 10-04-2004, 02:41 PM   #18
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Eh. Well. I'll try it. Starting tomorrow because I have a chicken sandwich to eat tonight. Mmmmmmmm.......

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 04:20 PM   #19
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Well. Looks like I'm just going to have to wait and see if the ENT diagnoses it. My parents say i'm turning into a hypochondriac and I'm driving them nuts. Guess if the ENT says there's nothing he can do I'll have to go to a TMJ when I move out in a year.

     
    Old 10-05-2004, 04:30 AM   #20
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    I miss gum!!

     
    Old 10-06-2004, 08:39 AM   #21
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    I hope the dentist I'm going to next week or the ENT can diagnose it.

    I'm going to stop chewing and see if that works.

    also, the only symptoms I have would be grinding in the left ear when I open my jaw really fast and hard, and the diminshed hearing in the left ear. and none of the ear treatments have helped. I've had swimmer's ear drops, antihistamines, and pill decongestants and an antibiotic and none of them have helped. So it's either this or it's nerve damage.

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    Old 10-06-2004, 04:32 PM   #22
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    I miss gum too..and pizza!! and chewy popcorn balls!

     
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