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Old 09-10-2003, 06:58 AM   #1
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Post no headaches.. no tmj?

hi i was just wondering if its possible i can have TMJ without getting the headaches?

my dentist, who is supposed to be quite up on this kind of thing, said that waking up with a headache (probably due to grinding teeth in the night) is one of the most common signs of TMJ - he basically made out that unless i had these it was unlikely i had TMJ.

i have many of the other symptoms of TMJ and it seems to fit quite well. obviously theres a few other things it could be and ive got no diagnosis i was just wondering if he was right?


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Old 09-10-2003, 03:59 PM   #2
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I get headaches.. but not often
I get jaw pain.. but not often

I have nothing but EAR problems with my right ear...

However, I was still diagnosed with TMJD.

I am going through the treatment (get my orthotic in 5 days)

I don't believe it's TMJ.. but what choice do I have? 5 ear doctors turned me away and said I was fine. TMJ X-RAY's came in and showed my jaw on the right side (which is the affected ear) as pushing up against nerves in the area.

So, I guess the answer is yes.. because i was diagnoised without frequent headaches.
The search for a diagnosis is long and painful...

Old 09-11-2003, 02:52 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply

im going to see my dentist tomorrow so well see what he says. ill not let him fob me off with 'if you dont have headaches you dont have tmj'! tmj seems so difficult to diagnose - everyone seems to have different symptoms. ive got a lot of them but a couple that dont seem to fit in... hmm.

anyway, i really hope that your treatment for tmj sorts out your ear pain for you. good luck!

Old 09-11-2003, 03:17 PM   #4
Michelle W
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I think it is possible to have TMJ without headaches. I have gone through years where I haven't had many headaches, but since I had surgery I am having them more often the past couple of months. I had jaw symptoms prior to surgery since surgery I don't have any jaw symptoms. Now I am having ear symptoms. I feel like I just exchanged one set of symptoms for another.

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