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    Old 04-18-2016, 08:12 AM   #1
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    Hi all i am new to this forum my name is Sammy and i am 25 years old.

    My GP told me i may have TMJ about a month ago, but i have already suspected it for about 2 years. It is really really getting me down and i would just like to run through my symptoms to see if they are familiar to others.

    The left side of my jaw 'sticks out' more than my right, and the muscle on that side is somewhat larger than the right side. This has been the case for a number of years.
    I always suffered with headaches, i get re occurring neck and shoulder pain/stiffness despite all my efforts to stop that.

    My facial muscles are usual tender to touch as well as the corner of my jaw bone(feels sore to touch it).

    Last year i started getting what can only be described as a drunk, on a boat, swaying type of dizziness that would last all day, then disappear and then re appear somewhat randomly. Doctor's said it is anxiety or sinus related.

    For the past 4-5 months i have been waking up through the night with excruciating ear pain. Only in one side, if i move my head the pain is immense, the ear is very painful if i touch it anywhere on the outside especially the tragus, my ear goes red and very hot, it lasts about 20 minutes before subsiding once i am up.

    GP faffed me off, said ear was slightly inflamed but nothing to worry about and maybe i am 'sleeping on it funny' i know it is much more than that.
    My dentist said there was some evidence of grinding/clenching on the back teeth, i know this must be a night time thing as i do not do it during the day. Could the bruxism cause this intense ear pain? I'm not sure but i am so scared of going to sleep now because of how bad the pain is

    I also checked my tongue when i woke up this morning, and the edges of my tongue are scalloped, which suggests either clenching/grinding, sleep apnea(which worries me), or hypothyroidism.

    Does any of the above sound TMJ related? and what kind of treatments are there, is there anything i can do from home to help?
    I am concerned about lasting damage especially with this ear pain at night, can anyone relate


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    Old 04-18-2016, 08:22 AM   #2
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    Re: Believe i have had TMJ for 6 years, any advice?

    Hello, welcome to the board. I am fairly new here myself.

    The first thing I can say to you with complete certainty is that I would get a new doctor immediately! Our pain and suffering is not to be dismissed by anyone. Since you displayed inflammation in the ear, there is a cause and any good dr would at least be sympathetic to that whether or not they understood the underlying cause.

    Next, I can't say whether or not bruxism can cause pain that severe (though it does cause me ear and jaw pain) because I clench and grind. I would recommend finding a a good experienced specialist to work with that can help determince the underlying cause of your symptoms.

    I wish you the best, and hope that you find good medical professionals to work with and help you in your recovery. I think you have to come to the right place to get some ideas, share stories and find hope for relief.

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    Old 05-18-2016, 08:57 PM   #3
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    Re: Believe i have had TMJ for 6 years, any advice?

    SamJayne. . . Sammy, You have really suffered. TMJ is very painful. Yes, the ears, throat, neck,jaw, sinus, etc. are all in play. Tried Dentist, Doctors and I have received the temporary help from Physical Therapy and night guards for the teeth.
    Physical Therapy will show you exercises to help jaw, face, sinus, etc.
    The night guard will help you sleep. The exercises will need to be done slowly and every day but you will get some relief. Feel Better......

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