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Old 05-26-2003, 10:57 AM   #1
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Post pain when smiling etc.?


I am about to see my TMJ doc (see previous post) and a neurologist about facial pain? My many symptoms include the following. Do others have these problems?
Could they also be from some kind of trigeminal nerve problem? There are millions of kinds of facial pain syndromes.

Pain from smiling, talking, laughing. (My husband rented a funny movie last night, and I was in agony.)
Too much of this stuff makes my sinuses, gums, and jaws hurt like hell. Then my eyes start to hurt abit also.

And of course, chewing... big time problem I know is typical...

I want to be able to talk and laugh again... Not an unreasonable request I think.

From Not Laughing in NJ...

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Old 05-26-2003, 01:59 PM   #2
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Well, laughing, smiling, talking, by days end I am feeling it. Was really bad until I went to my nueromusclar dentist, he is working miracles with me, and with out drugs. I also started seeing a chiro last week and between her and my nuero dentist I know that I will be fixed.
When I realized that the TMJ was trying to take that over in my life, I GOT MAD. When I explained that two my dentist and my Chiro, they have helped me be able to continue smiling, laughing & talking. Yes, by days end, I am needing my temporary "patch" until my splint is ready, but it gives me about 20 hours of relief. Its a tens unit designed specifically for TMJ sufferers.

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Old 05-26-2003, 11:02 PM   #3
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How did you find the neuromuscular dentist, and where is he? What does he do different in treating TMJD?

Old 05-27-2003, 09:02 AM   #4
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Well, I found out about nueromusular dentistry when I called my regular dentist after the perio dentist he sent me to, referred me out YET to another specialist, finally being told my problem is TMJ. (In the 2 years I have seen over 10 dentists, all but 4 were referrals). When I was crying to my reg dentist and told him what the perio said, he felt so bad, as he too has TMJ and was on his was to the las vegas institute to find out about be trained and treated. I thought well gee, I think I will just wait for him to get trained... that lasted about one week and knew I couldn't wait anymore so I just went out to the internet and starting searching for a nuero in my area... thank goodness, there is ONE in my state! There approach is muscular but treat all angles of TMJ, from what I understand. They use computers to get readings on your bite. It is advanced stuff. It is working for me, he is just as determined as I am to be fixed, as is my chiro. There are many treatments out there, I just decided that nueomuscular was best for me.
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