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    Old 07-21-2016, 12:24 AM   #1
    keepindafaith
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    Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    Now I've been pretty worried lately, for the past 3 years of my life I've dealt with nothing but stress, part of that was due to how long it took me to detach from a toxic abusive relationship and the pressure I put on myself.

    Around spring of 2015 I started feeling troubling symptoms, (hard time swallowing, "GERD", coughing a lot, clearing throat constantly, ear problems)
    When at the doctors after many tests they came to the conclusion of removing my tonsils and adenoids, after the surgery and healing I realize I am still feeling some of these symptoms and now more so problems with my ear. After about an hour of telling my ENT that I was having problems she was puzzled and did more tests, finally she got this look on her face and pulled out a TMJ brochure. TOO LATE. After I had already undergone a surgery proven to make my symptoms worse, anyways at the time my insurance didn't cover the TMJ so I went on with my life, at this time I was at a relatively average healthy weight so than strain from my TMJ was less than now.
    Over the months I started to feel the symptoms more, became depressed, and gained about 40 pounds in a year.
    I felt hopeless. I became more and more stressed and suddenly I started feeling a pressure like dull almost stabbing pain in the middle of my chest.
    It was on and off, some days not noticeable, some days worse.
    I tried to ignore it thinking it would go away or I was crazy.
    Finally, in February of this year I got in a car accident and the funds from my settlement were enough to cover my TMJ treatment at one of the less expensive specialists out of town. I now have my TMJ device and have been wearing it a lot. Some days I feel better some days it feels like the same overbearing pain.
    My troublesome thoughts come from the chest pain I've still been feeling on and off. I recently got sick with a cold and I can't stop clearing my throat and it hurts even after my sickness is dulling down. I just feel like my health is going down the drain and I need a proper diagnosis and some peace of mind.
    Anyone?? Am I the only one who feels this way. I am worried.

     
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    Old 07-22-2016, 11:32 AM   #2
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    I don't like to read and not reply. I don't know what to tell you. It sounds like 2 different things to me. And the only thing I can say is keep pushing your doctor to find out what it is.

     
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    Old 07-27-2016, 11:43 AM   #3
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    Those all sound like potential symptoms of TMJ disorder. What device are you using? Is it a splint or an actual orthotic? If it's a splint (usually a fairly soft device) then you'll only ever get temporary relief. An orthotic, which is a hard device custom made for you based on muscular measurements and X-rays, will over time retrain your muscles to function properly. You have to wear it basically 24/7 for it to do its job. They need to be adjusted frequently by your doctor (I've heard as often as once a week). You also must focus on postural alignment and proper tongue function. If you don't get your tongue to work the way it should, then you'll never get permanent relief. If you have an orthotic and your bite doesn't feel right, tell your doctor.

    I've been in treatment for some pretty serious TMJ issues for about a year now, and I can't believe the changes. I'm now in my second phase of treatment (my bite is stable and now we're moving my teeth to obtain the bite created by my orthotic), and I can tell you that if your doctor is doing his job properly it dos get better! I used to cry myself to sleep in pain. Now I'm not only not in pain, but I have better posture and I even look younger. If there are any questions you have about the process, I'd be happy to answer them if I can.

     
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    Old 07-27-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    Thank you for reassuring me. I know how more hope that this device will actually do it's job, my question is did you ever have the chest problems yourself? I might have described it wrong, I mean it's not so much of a pain it's just kind of there, and noticeable, but sometimes I don't feel it at all. It tends to flare up when I get stressed about something or super uncomfortable or strain myself.


    Also, I paid a lot for the orthotic so I am hopeful, it's from a TMJ specialist, I believe there is a better specialist I could be going to but he costs a couple thousand more that I don't have so i'm just hoping this one will do it's job.

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    Old 07-27-2016, 07:12 PM   #5
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    There is one tiny muscle that is right in the front of your armpit that can cause a lot of pain when it gets tight. That pain went away as my posture changed. I also had pain in the area of my sternum as the muscles stretched because of the more upright posture I was able to get with the orthotic I place. Obviously, this is just a guess, but what you're describing sounds like muscle tension. One stretch that's good for this area is to lie on the floor and, with palms up and arms straight pretend like you're making snow angels (without the leg motions).

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    Old 08-04-2016, 12:04 PM   #6
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

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    Thank you for reassuring me. I know how more hope that this device will actually do it's job, my question is did you ever have the chest problems yourself? I might have described it wrong, I mean it's not so much of a pain it's just kind of there, and noticeable, but sometimes I don't feel it at all. It tends to flare up when I get stressed about something or super uncomfortable or strain myself.


    Also, I paid a lot for the orthotic so I am hopeful, it's from a TMJ specialist, I believe there is a better specialist I could be going to but he costs a couple thousand more that I don't have so i'm just hoping this one will do it's job.
    I suffer TMJ and finally have an appointment with a specialist next month (at least I hope he is a specialist....the one I have been working with for 7 months claimed he was and it helped some but I have went backwards and in pain again)
    I also suffer anxiety and acid reflux....to me it sounds like your pain could be either one of those
    Subconsciously your TMJ may be working you up and stressing you out more
    I am not a doctor but I would suggest you see one about going on a PPI like Prilosec or Prevacid and see if it helps that pain at all and maybe see a chiropractor as well- my neck was really messed up due to the TMJ and that causes pain everywhere

     
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    Old 08-15-2016, 05:36 PM   #7
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    Re: Are these symptoms related to my TMJ or should I be worried?

    Hi! I just wanted to share some of my experiences and see if maybe they would help or make some sense to you in your situation.
    I also have anxiety. The first week my TMD hit after a 2 1/2 hour root canal, it was so unbelievably overwhelming. For a week I was pretty much bedridden with meds, cold compresses, surrounded by pillows and tissues and my negative thoughts.
    Thankfully after about 5-6 days I showed some gradual improvement, but in those first days I honestly thought that what I was experiencing would be my life. My anxiety didn't help matters. I would over think things and look ahead to the future with all the most negative possible outcomes. I didn't go a single day without crying and wondering about my future, or lack of one.
    Thankfully I have a stubborn family that took the time to remind me that it had only been a week, I needed to give it time to improve, and if it didn't, THEN I could freak out about it and start planning what to do next. They're reminders help, but anxiety is a master manipulator, and a single and thought can quickly cycle into 500.
    I know for me personally, when my anxiety reaches a particularly high level, I get chest pains. Actual chest pains. The first time it happened about a year ago and despite being 25 at the time, I honestly thought it was a heart attack. I was taken to the emergency room, and after running every test they had, it was confirmed that I had had an acute anxiety attack. There was no evidence of anything wrong with me. I was shocked. I had had anxiety attacks before and because I've had so many, I'm usually pretty good by now at leveling it out with some common sense internal discussions, but this one had completely bulldozed me. I was shaky, sweating, dizzy, my body ached, my chest felt so pressurized, and with every heartbeat I had chest pain. I had no idea that an anxiety attack could get to that level.
    You should absolutely always get as many tests done as possible when it comes to chest pain. It's not always anxiety related, and particularly if you're concerned you should do your best to reassure yourself medically. But I wanted to let you know that anxiety can in fact cause some form of chest pain, and it is awful and terrifying. Do your due diligence, but also know you're not alone.
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