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Old 09-02-2003, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question Which tests and what next?

Tomorrow I'm going to see a maxillo facial surgeon, having being diagnosed with TMJD by an ear specialist who just did an endoscopy of my ears and didn't even feel my jaw or face. I don't understand what could be happening with me, the ear dr told me my jaw is swollen and making the inner ear swollen also, and prescribed anti inflammatories/muscle relaxants for a week, and using heat. Until I came on the net and read about TMJ I was under the impression it was no big deal, that I just had some inflammation from grinding my teeth and when the anti inflammatories worked I would be better. I now see things are far more complicated.

I'm not sure what to ask the surgeon tomorrow. I want to know if my disc is misplaced or damaged and if the TMJ is dislocated somehow. Will a simple x-ray show this? I also want to know here the inflammation is, what will make it go away, why exactly it has occurred. Also, I'm scared the condyle (bone?) could be eroded or degenerated, I don't really understand still all the ramifying effects a distorted TMJ can have, what is inflamed in my jaw for example, the muscle? Does more bone than the condyle (i.e. the whole jaw bone degenerate over time?) I'm pretty scared of what tomorrow will show.

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Old 09-03-2003, 05:06 AM   #2
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as far as i know, only an MRI will show the disc, since it shows soft tissue. all other xrays only show hard tissue [bone].

if bone continues to rub on bone, ive been told that the condyle can "melt". it's a scary thought, but apparently neuromuscular splints can halt the process.

take care.. and dont give up.

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Old 09-03-2003, 11:55 AM   #3
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MRI should give the best pics as to what's going on with your joint...I've also had CTs define bone damage. Don't forget to let us know how things went with the doc!

Good luck,

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