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Old 12-01-2004, 09:01 PM   #1
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Jaw locks up?


i'm new to this board, but thought maybe someone out there could maybe help me.

once in awhile, for the last maybe 8 years, my right side of my mouth, the jaw will suddenly lock up. i'll wake up to this feeling of not being able to open my mouth, then i have the pull my jaw apart with my finger and for a bit afterwards, i have a hard popping sound and i try to massage the muscles behind my ear.

is this TMJ and if so, what can i do to help it? i'm really worried about never having my mouth open again, that i've trained my mouth to stay open partially when sleeping.


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Old 12-04-2004, 07:46 PM   #2
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Re: Jaw locks up?

I know that's how mine started. I woke up in the middle of the night about two years ago with my jaw locked. It completely came out of nowhere. I popped it back in, but it kept doing that when I could wake up in the morning. Soon after that I started getting headaches and experiencing jaw pain all the time. You should definitely get it checked out asap.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:52 PM   #3
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Re: Jaw locks up?


My tmj probs started 5 years ago after having a general anaesthetic when they put the tube down my throat for an airway, and the dr stretched my jaw beyond its limits and anteriorly displaced my left tmj disc. for a while i would wake up and my jaw would be locked to the stage where i too had to use my fingers to un lock it. but one morning my jaw was so painful and locked that i was unable to un lock it. since then (5 years) my jaw has been locked shut permanently with an opening of 5mm.I tried all conservative treatments but to no avail, and i had an arthroscope which revealed that my disc was so damaged it was irrepairable and had to come out b/c of pain and for a better quality of life (I am only 24 yrs old). so last year i had my disc removed(no replacement) and it has helped with my opening from 5mm pre op to 10mm post op and until now. Pain wise i am worse off my pain gets so severe, the joint, face, spasms and h'ache to the point where i pass out from the pain and am unconsciouss for up to 3 hours. my body just seems to shut down. i am on so many meds that i am asleep at 7;30 every nite. i so badly want to get off the meds but i am so sensitive the left side of my face can't even be touched or it will set off the whole cycle of pain, and it is hard to find treatment to help with the pain. i am seeing a naturopath next week and i will see if he can help me in any way. i need my life back!!

on a brighter side i have been seeing an osteopath for the past 4 months and he has helped a lot with my neck and h'aches (he hasnt touched my jaw b/c i would pass out. so it is baby steps for me).

Keep me posted on your progress,

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Old 12-16-2004, 04:43 AM   #4
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Re: Jaw locks up?

My jaw also lock up I can open my mouth but not very far it makes it hard to eat food I have to cut my food into samll pices and my jaw pops and I have pain.

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