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TMJ switching sides..?

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Old 09-16-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
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TMJ switching sides..?

I was diagnosed w/TMJ by a primary dr, dentist and then a TMJ specialist my dentist referred me to. This was in May of this year. I never had any symptoms until I was chewing on a Sweetart and felt my jaw pop. After that I had bad earaches from the joint, etc. on the right side. [I should mention that I've pretty much always had a popping noise when I open my mouth wide.] After going on the soft food diet and using a moist heating pad, I was pain-free by the time I got in to see the specialist. He did x-rays to look at my joints anyway and obviously did a thorough physical exam. The x-rays showed that the joints are fine and he said I have "early clicks" and great range of motion, etc. He didn't see any reason to schedule any follow-ups bc he felt that it was muscular and also bc of the joints being okay and the pain going away on its own. He said I may have flair-ups from time to time and gave me instructions on what to do. Well, I have recently started wearing a lower partial and it seems as though the OTHER side of my face is bothering me. It's not pain, really, but more of a tired jaw feeling. My range of motion is still fine, the clicks haven't gotten worse or anything. No headaches, no earaches, nothing. Just a "tired" jaw even when I'm not eating. I guess my question is should I be concerned that it's the other side that feels this way or is it common for this to happen when it's muscular? Thanks

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Old 09-16-2005, 10:44 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ switching sides..?

I wanted to post a follow-up to this for anyone reading it who may be experiencing the same thing.
I just spoke w/a nurse at my TMJ specialist's office and she told me that it's common to have issues with both TMJs when you have the condition. It doesn't necessarily mean it's getting worse, just that you stressed out that one side. The specialist didn't feel it was necessary to see me - he said to go on a soft food diet and to make sure to use warm moist heat at night. Advil was also suggested.

Old 09-16-2005, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: TMJ switching sides..?

I just wanted to say that TMJ is TMJ regardless of the fact that it may be just muscular. Many on the board with just a muscular problem and no problem within the joint still use a splint. The problem with TMJ is that it doesn't just go away, it tends to get worse over time and the earlier it is treated the better. Didn't this specialist even suggest a splint for bedtime?

Old 09-21-2005, 04:05 PM   #4
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For several months I only had it on one side, now its on the other too and I've been wear a splint. I hope to get back in tomorrow. One side is bad enought. I don't know how much more I can take of it. Mine really affects my ears. They say it's muscular. I wonder if I could have some sort of viral infection that is undetected by an ent who said my ears are normal. I know I don't have a viral infection. Or it must be my splint is not balanced. I just don't know. I am seeing a tmj dentist.

Old 09-21-2005, 05:21 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ switching sides..?

i have lots of probs also mine started on one side and is now on both im at the hospital again tomorrow 3rd time and they still have not sugested wearing a splint i dont know if anyone can answer this question but i have a back molar that has fallen over could this be causing some pain? i think the nerves may be trapped?

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Old 09-22-2005, 07:03 AM   #6
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Re: TMJ switching sides..?

Your jaw joint is very unique in the fact that the 2 sides have to work together to open and close your mouth. If one side is affected, so is the other.

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