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    Old 08-22-2008, 06:25 AM   #31
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

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    Hey cad,
    I have ear symptoms similar to yours.
    When I take muscle relaxers they go away which is a good indication that they are muscle related.
    Though no one on this board seems to have experience with it, this procedure sounds like it may help - do a search for Trigeminal Pharyngioplasty. I don't know how credible it is but you may want to check it out.
    -loudawg
    I have exactly the same symptoms - horrendous fullness of the ears that provides a constant pressure headache - and it has almost ruined my life. For the last eight years, doctors and specialists in the UK have told me I was probably suffering from Otitis Media but they were baffled as to why there was no pus or emission. Inflamation of the TMJ sounds like it could be the cause - especially since I had significant problems with my jaws as a child. Now I have a new area to explore, I will go back to the doctors and ask them to investiage the possibly to TMJ inflammation or infection. Obviously, if I get any answers, I will posyt them here.

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    Old 08-23-2008, 11:25 AM   #32
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    b12 shots?

     
    Old 09-03-2008, 03:24 PM   #33
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Yes, I have ear fullness--actually hearing loss. I can't make out words if there is background noise. Also, my cat has become my "hearing ear cat" as I can't hear if someone is knocking at the door. THIS IS ONLY DUE TO TMJ as when I get my hearing checked-it is perfect, so they say. Yet, in practice, my jaw joints have screwed up my hearing. So, what to do? Nothing, as nothing helps. Even popping the joint back into place (as it is always not) only helps for the second it is back, as it goes right back out of place a couple of seconds later. I don't know what to do about it as the surgery that I need to correct it is EXCLUDED from my insurance coverage, and I do not have the money to pay for it. So, I suffer with hearing loss-just as I suffer with pain. Sorry, I don't have a better answer.

     
    Old 09-04-2008, 02:46 AM   #34
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    I have started getting earache, and fulless of the ear which no amount of yawning seems to get rid of. In my intance, this only started during my orthodontic treatment. It was then that my bite started to feel completely 'off' and I couldnt even find a comfortable resting postion for my teeth. My ortho does not take my concerns very seriously and I hope he is right to ignore them, but I am starting to get very worried.

     
    Old 09-05-2008, 02:19 AM   #35
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    Question Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Hey badhairday , how bad are your earaches and how constant...?????

    I dont like the sound of your dentist not caring.. all they care about is which BMW they will buy next

    Sorry but im a heavy earache sufferer so left me know... and ill see if ours match and what treatments there are to fix us!

    Love Lots

     
    Old 01-31-2009, 05:40 AM   #36
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    You Guys Rock - for over a year I have been having intenese Jaw pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Ear aches and fullness (people think i'm deaf half the time or just rude for not listening properly ) and extrem migraines (feel like a stress doll with my eyes and ears popping out) and the occasional fever due to the migrane. And Dint know what it was and thought I was going Crazy!!! Oh yeah and it also makes me be in the worst moods - suppose pain would do that to most people.
    I Do clench my jaw - It started when I moved state I got a job with a really bad boss and stressed out heaps to the point where I ground my teeth that hard I chipped one of them - I have scince moved jobs and miles away from there but the clentching and everything else is still there. I happens all the time to the point where people think I am a Hypercondriac now and dont believe me. Even my Husband is becoming sceptical (think he is sick of giving neck massages).
    I massage my jaw all the time and it hurts. I constantly try to pop my ears and it never works. Panadol (asprin (we call it panadol in OZ)) works for like a half hour but I have to take more than is recomended.
    Does anyone know where to go in Cairns Australia to get this fixed - the doctors up here just tell me I have a cold and say have panadol and rest HA as if I didnt think to try that first IDIOTS!
    Anyway please let me know if anyone knows of a cure! (I have private health so dont be shy even if it costs $$$ I dont care anymore I need my sanity back!)
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    Old 01-31-2009, 05:45 AM   #37
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    What do the B12 shots do? Where do they give them to you (in your jaw or in your leg?) I heard it releives stress and tension is this true please tell me more!!

     
    Old 01-31-2009, 06:08 AM   #38
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    usually B12 are given in the butt- did you have your levels checked?

     
    Old 02-01-2009, 04:21 AM   #39
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Hi,

    No havent had my B12 levels checked as yet - but just found out today my sister in Adelaide has been having the shots for a couple of months now (shes got ross river virus). Not sure if that matters though.
    Anyway I need to book myself into a specialist but the best thing I could find is ears nose ansd throat guy not sure if he will help might cancel and go see a dentist instead after reading all these posts.

    cheers
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    Old 02-15-2009, 12:13 PM   #40
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Glad I found this, registered just to post.

    Since I was about 14, my jaw has been bothersome. Just clicking though, not real dizzyness or pains.

    Then, slowly, I'd say since 18, I have had massive vertigo. Strangely, it seems to be really noticeable in wide open spaces. Mentally speaking, I dont have any phobias or anything that I'm aware of.

    Occasionally (this is the part that REALLY bothers me), I simply have problems speaking. Extremely strange to describe, but I can pronounce one word fine, then the next I just sort of 'stop' halfway through the word. It's usually brought up by talking a lot. Strange, I know.

    I'll get loud humming noises in my ears now and then, and there are days where one of my ears are completely 'plugged'.

    My jaw just feels real sore. I know I have 3 impacted wisdom teeth, I'm hopeing once I have them removed all this will go away.

    My good dental benefits kick in, in April. I can't wait... Particularly as talking is the biggest part of my job, it's really embarrassing, especially trying to tell my boss how/why I'm unable to speak.

     
    Old 04-27-2009, 01:00 PM   #41
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    TMJ problems won't go away on their own and most M.D.'s don't treat this problem - in fact you will often find that your insurance doesn't cover TMJ treatment because they say the problem doesn't really exist (we know better don't we). My ears are really bugging me today because I forgot to sleep with my orthotic last night - a well fitted orthotic appliance along with lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. For proper treatment seek out a dentist that specializes in TMJ/TMD. The workup is expensive and takes several hours. You will be hooked to a computer that tracks your facial muscles to find where they are the most relaxed. Check websites for Mytronics and BioResearch - they make some of this equipment and may have lists of trained dentists on their websites. You can also check out LVI trained dentists (google LVI dentist) because they do a lot of neuromuscular stuff. LVI is global so there are probably overseas dentists listed.

    Reduce stress as much as possible, watch your sleeping position (I tend to torque my jaw with my pillow position), avoid hard, chewy foods (bagels, twizzlers, etc), no chewing gum - ever! Also avoid opening your mouth too wide for prolonged periods - let your dentist know you have this problem so they can let you rest your jaw during treatment. Good luck!

     
    Old 04-27-2009, 08:56 PM   #42
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    Yep, I've read all the posts and my symptoms & attempts are very similar. My next step is to go to a TMJ specialist dentist and a neuro for an MRI of the neck. It's strange, I get the fullness, the pain & the buzzing, but when I push on one spot in my neck, I hear this loud roaring noise, so I know that's involved, sometimes the noises go to the beat of my pulse, which just enforces the relationship to the neck or the involvment of the vascular system. Anyone else find anything similar?

     
    Old 05-09-2009, 09:12 AM   #43
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Hi everyone. I am new here and actually just registered after reading in this thread. I started experiencing ear fullness symptoms about 4 years ago. Before all of this, however, I have noticed myself grinding my teeth, especially at night when going to sleep. I am a DJ and my ear symptoms began a little while after I began a residence of which I was forced to stay up late and expose myself to loud volumes regularly. I actually get popping/crackling noises in my ear when I move or rotate my jaw side to side. Plus, mostly in the mornings after sleeping all night, I have a fullness sensation in my ears that makes me feel like I need to clean them out. I naturally felt this was all caused by the loud volumes I was exposed to and I ended up seeing an audiologist and having custom musicians earplugs made. The audiologist told me that my inner ear looked great and suggested using some earwax remover. I did that and used my plugs as much as possible but didn't really notice any improvements. Now I have not had this weekly residence for over a year and do not expose myself to loud volumes nearly as much and yet my symptoms still exist. Now I think I may suffer from some sort of TMJ and that possibly the late nights and loud volumes added the ear fullness symptom but the root problem being the TMJ. I really don't notice buzzing or whirling sounds but sometimes, if background noise is present, I have a hard time hearing people speak. The bad thing is at this very moment in time I have no medical insurance. I wonder if any of you have any advise on specific exercises or medicines I could try? Any helpful links? I wonder how expensive it would be visiting a TMJ specialist without insurance. Any thoughts or advice will help. Thank you.

     
    Old 05-09-2009, 10:02 AM   #44
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    Welcome to the boards.

    TMJ dentists and specialists can be quite expensive although you may want to check for a local dental school or university in your area as they tend to be much cheaper than private dental practices - although you may have to wait several weeks if not more for an appt. I wouldn't let not having insurance stop you from trying to find a competent dentist trained in tmj - not every dentist accepts dental or medical insurance and not every dental and medical insurance covers tmj and if they do it can be very limited anyway.

    B/c your symptoms tend to be more prevalent upon waking you may want to try an OTC night guard - although these mostly protect your teeth from the affects of grinding or clenching there are some that are designed to bring the lower jaw slightly foward (sometimes theses are called snore guards) - and this may help alleviate the ear issues. Look for the one that has what looks like wings on the outer sides of the guard toward the back teeth. Or you could also try putting some gauze on the inside of your cheeks for short periods at a time - this sometimes has the same affect of allowing the jaw to come a bit forward. A custom designed nightguard may be your best bet though as the dentist can design it specific to your bite, jaw and needs. But yes this can run anywhere from $100 - $500 depending on the dentist and the guard.

    You may want to try warm moist compresses to the ears and temple area before going to bed at night and also try using a cervical pillow at night - changing your head postion when lying down and having the neck properly positioned may help - try not to sleep in a semi-prone position or use too many pillows as this causes the muscles to fight the gravity that results.

     
    Old 05-10-2009, 09:05 AM   #45
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    Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

    I experienced ear fullness for long time, thinking that it was only wax in the ears. Turns out it was the beginning of TMD. Then I tried various splints, and finally found a custom-made splint that help to position my jaws properly, with the lower jaw moved forward and down a bit. That really opened up my eustachian tubes, and now I don't have ear fullness anymore. So definitely search on the Internet and find yourself a professional quality hard splint, and get it fitted for your needs. It's definitely worth trying out, because there's nothing more annoying than having your ears plugged up and it feels like you are living in an echo chamber! Ugh. It used to drive me crazy. Good luck with yours.

     
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