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    Old 12-08-2002, 06:40 AM   #1
    Kortney
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    Post Please...need advice here..severe pain!

    I've only slept for a few hours so please just bear with me if this gets long winded.

    3 weeks ago, I had a bad earache and my doctor said the ear looked totally fine. I went to a new dds. I have an abcessed lower molar that was causing referred pain but when he pressed on my joints checking for TMJD, I came out of the chair. Pain literally shot through me.

    I've never had any clicking or locking. Just very tender joints and my face often feels tight but it's now progressed to daily headaches so bad I want to just throw up all the time.

    Sometimes it feels like a heavy weight pressing on top of my head, sometimes it's pounding ( like now ) and others it's a combo of the 2 but it's always there.

    I know I grind my teeth at night because my family has heard me doing it and the dds said most of my teeth are worn flat.

    I dont really have a bite at all. None of my teeth meet together at any point. I do not have any upper right molars. They were extracted years ago following a car accident and I never had those teeth replaced and now I'm stuck! Everything has shifted, I can only chew on the left side and my dds said I'm essentially just wearing out the left joint but I feel the pain on both sides.

    He wants to stabalize my bite but I don't have the money for orthodontics and sure can't afford implants. My only option would be to extract all of the upper teeth and get a full denture but I'm afraid of that.

    I mean, what if it doesn't change the problem and what if it makes it worse?

    I can often feel my lower jaw pushing upwards when I wake up in the morning.

    This is a bad cycle of pain. I'm already on Neurontin which used to help the headaches but it's not doing much anymore.

    What would you do in my case?

    Between the missing teeth, bad bite, grinding and pain, what would you do? I'm so confused but as confused as I am, I'm tired of the pain and sure as heck don't want to make a bad decision.

    The dds asked me when he did his exam if I broke my jaw in the wreck and I didn't. Just suffered alot of facial trauma but mainly dental trauma to those teeth that are gone now!

    The pain makes me panic as well. Can anyone relate to the pain and panic it brings or is it just me?

     
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    Old 12-08-2002, 10:35 AM   #2
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    I relate with your panic. I found out in January that I had TMJD. I have been fighting it since. I had hopes that I would have it under control by the end of the year. I have just realized (in the last month)that it may last for the rest of my life. So yes I am in a panic state. I am 37 years old. I am not the same person I was a year ago. And I can't really expect to be any better anytime soon. I have done most everything, nerve blocks, trigger point injections, message, oral splint, etc... I will continue to survive. I will adjust to this life of pain. I will try and not let it hender my family. I have got to the point that when my wife ask how do I feel, well I just tell her that I will be OK. But she can see the truth in my eyes.

    If I could get rid of the headache I could deal with the rest of the problem. A headache as this one will stop you in your tracks and drop you to your knees! Some days are more mild than others, but the bad ones, well, they are very bad.

    It would not surprise me that in the end this cost me my job, and possibly even my marriage (18 years January 4th!)

    I hope that you find your headaches are caused by something else. When my doctor told me I had TMJD (MRI shows the effected area) I though, GREAT, now we can start getting this taken care of.... wrong! It is not an easy path. Some people can adjust better than others. I hope you are one of those people.

    Good luck!
    Take care,
    Robbie

     
    Old 12-08-2002, 12:21 PM   #3
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    See if you can be put on a payment plan to get your bite corrected. Your specialist might also know of an assistance plan that you might qualify for. Dental work is expensive, but pain for the rest of your life is more expensive. Before you get the work done, make sure that your dental specialist has had you wear a splint for several months after all pain has stopped to make sure that any dental work is done correctly. That way you won't be wasting money on a correction that doesn't work.

     
    Old 12-08-2002, 06:18 PM   #4
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    Moving teeth around with braces is very painful for adults, more so than for children. Also, braces can make TMJ symptoms worse or even bring on TMJD, as the braces did in my case.
    Have you tried seeing a chiropractor? I have found some relief with chiropractic treatment and massage therapy. Hope you get to feeling better and find some reasonable answers to your pain. It's tough, isn't it.
    Sue

     
    Old 12-09-2002, 09:35 AM   #5
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    Hi Kortney,

    I'd say go straight to a dentist who specializes in TMJ dysfunction. Don't allow a dentist to do any more irreversible work to your teeth until you've consulted with somebody who truly knows about TMJD.

    Crystal

     
    Old 12-10-2002, 08:40 PM   #6
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    Kortney,

    Panic attacks frequently occur with people in chronic pain or those who suffer with depression - two problems often affecting TMJ patients. The intensity and frequency of the attacks appear to be directly related to stress and to the severity of TMJ symptoms. The attacks may occur at any time and any place - i.e. while shopping or driving in traffic. I personally found that my panic attacks associated with my TMJ were more severe when my TMJ symptoms were more severe.

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