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    Old 08-27-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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    Possible tmj


    I have had shifting tinnitus in My left ear for three years. The tinnitus changes alot in tone and loudness. It first developed after a particular stressful period, went away for three or four weeks and then came back and has been present since.

    I also get pain in my head face and jaw, pain in my ears (sometimes quite sore) / fullness in my ears and sometimes my jaw muscles are sore and get tired from eating and talking etc. sometimes the tone of my voice changes and goes a bit hoarse. When I first got tinnitus I recall waking up and having burning pains on the top of my head / scalp which I think we're tension headaches. I also had pains in my neck and upper back from tension at the time which have largely subsided as I learned to manage stress better.

    Also in my left ear when I open and close it there is a grinding sound. It has been this way for some time but seems to have gotten worse over the past two years or so. It seems like there is grit in the left ball and socket joint. I sometimes get painful knots / trigger points in my jaw muscles down toward my lower teeth (both sides) but I don't have the typical tmj pain in front of the ears (not bad pain in any event but sometimes it is tender-but not enough to bother me). I know I have a habit of clenching my jaw at work and my family have a history of bruxism. I have had dreams on occasion where I am clenching my jaw so hard my teeth break.

    I don't have obvious signs of wear and tear on my teeth though.

    Is it possible I could have tmj which comes and goes in severity on and off for three years . Do the above symptoms sound like tmj. I am aware the tinnitus could cause me to clench my jaw through stress which could be the roof of all of these issues so that the two are not related. Any views from similar experience would be appreciated.

    The one thing that has always puzzled me is that my tinnitus when it s bad is accompanied by ear neck and upper back pain as well as tension headaches - so that I thought tmj could be a possibility. Is it better to go to an or oficial pain specialist or dentist for advice.

    Many thanks

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    Old 04-04-2016, 08:23 PM   #2
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    Re: Possible tmj

    Hi PNY,

    did you end up seeing anyone for your tinnitus and tmj issues? I pretty much have the same symptoms as you with my jaw muscles being sore all the time and constant ear ringing. I dont really know who to see because this area is so broad and controversial.

    I've seen 3 ENTs who have said my ears are fine and ruled out tmj related issues but I am quite confident that its my jaw causing everything.

    Did you ever seek treatment? If so, could you please elaborate on the steps you took?

    Any help is really appreicated.

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