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Old 05-04-2004, 02:51 PM   #1
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Question Kenalog injection for TMJ

Hi everyone, I have had TMJ including arthritis in the jaw joint for over a year and tried lots of different options. Nothing has worked - splits, physical therapy, massage therapy, medications, injections of anesthetic. Now my TMJ doctor wants to try an injection of kenalog. Has anyone done this and did it help? I am worried about having a steriod injection in my jaw. Please help quick - doctor appt. is tomorrow!

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Old 05-04-2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

i thought that steroid injections cause more harm than good, but i havent done any research on it. i hope that someone else is more knowledgeable .

what's the doctor's reasoning for that type of injection?

good luck.

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Old 05-04-2004, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

Since I've tried so many treatments, the doctor said that a kenalog injection is another option to try. Not sure what I will do....

Old 05-06-2004, 11:41 AM   #4
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

I've had two injections in my right jaw joint within the last couple years. They will only do about 3 injections a year because it can harm the joint more. At least that's what my docs said. The injections helped for about a day or two. That's it. Sometimes I think they may have made things worse! I don't know. I was so desperate with pain, I asked for the injections both times (my one dentist didn't want to give it to me cuz he said it probably wouldn't help) cuz I just had to try something new. I would have never known until I tried it. I won't get another one again. It didn't help much.
But you never know what will help until you try it.

Old 05-07-2004, 12:53 AM   #5
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

Is Kenalog what they inject when they do Arthrosintsis? (the jaw joint flush thing)?

Old 05-07-2004, 07:40 PM   #6
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

I just had the Arthrocentesis and they injected Kenalog into it. This was just yesterday and I feel better. Not fixed, still dependent on medications, but the daily pain hangover is gone. I go in for a checkup in 2 weeks. I asked the doc about if it would damage the joint or leave deposits like some steroids and he said he didn't think so. -Gabi

Old 05-08-2004, 02:03 AM   #7
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Re: Kenalog injection for TMJ

Steroid injections into the TM joint may help if you have a brief peroid of inflammation and/or swelling. Usually, for an ongoing problem they do not provide long term relief. As Michelle has posted, after having it done a couple of times, the procedure itself can aggravate your condition.

Injecting steroids during any of the scope or other TM joint procedures is normally to help (sometimes) with inflammation, (most important) to keep the swelling as minimal as possible and some Surgeons believe steroids will "help" in the prevention of scarring or adhesions after these procedures.

Cymy Sue

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