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Old 09-19-2003, 06:32 PM   #1
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Thanks for the support!!What is the likely of having surgery again? Yours still hurts you on occasions? My right ear hurts. Feels like alot of pressure in their. How long was your recovery?

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Old 09-19-2003, 11:23 PM   #2
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Hi.. well.. I don't know what the likelihood of it happening again on the same side is. I went to have a bite of a pb & j sandwhich the other day and I when I bit down I heard *crunch* !! Scared the heck out of me and it sure hurt. I instantly got the shooting pain up by me ear and got a massive headache and pain around my eye. I was getting pain around my eye and headaches a few months ago but I thought it might be a sinus infection or something. Now, by having this happen it all makes sense. It just aches really bad. Like when I first had it. My recovery back then was a while.. I wasn't allowed to eat solid foods for 1 month. I couldn't eat anything crunchy or chewy for probably another month at least. I know I had to have everything pureed and drink shakes and boost drinks with the vitamins and stuff in them. I don't know what it's like now. I did have to wear this retainer thing which I absolutely despised! I had enough of them with braces and all. I wonder if people who have had braces if tmj is more common? Anyways, I remember I had to do exercises, which I did not do all the time. But I think it only took a week or two for the scar to heal. You can't even notice it unless you look really close by the ear. I think I had only one follow up from the oral surgeon. The only thing is he said I could never chew gum or have toffee or anything really chewy or anything. I also cannot open my jaw for more than 5 minutes whithout it getting sore and I can't open my mouth as big as I used to. I have probably lost about 30 % capacity from that. On the positive side, if you need to lose weight, the tmj diet is great! I lost about 20 pounds. I am on the gallbladder diet right now. Can't eat anything hehe. That surgery is coming up in a couple weeks. That's not exactly the way to lose weight lol. How long ago did you have your surgery? It will probably take a couple months to heal and I think it would probably be fully healed in 4 to 6 months.. maybe longer. You just have to be careful which way to move your jaw or it can go into spasm. I know I was in the hospital for 2 days. So what's it like now? I guess I need to go my specialist. The pain is right by my ear on the right side. I grind my teeth and clench really bad at night. Just make sure you do the exercises. They are really important. I hope your recovery is a speedy one. Kinda sucks if someone makes you laugh though.. :-) How long did they say your recovery is going to be? Hope all is well :-)

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