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Old 12-17-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

Hi, i think i have TMJ but know nothing about it.... i got referred to this part of the forum by someone in the dentist forum

I am 28y.o male.

my symptoms are

- hard to close jaw (area that hurts is the rear most teeth on the right side), actually teeth doesnt seem to hurt but closing the jaw does hurt, and thus chewing food.

- when i open my mouth then close it, my jaw clicks (where the area it hurts, near the lower ear lobe area)

its like asif my jaw has come unloose... like asif someone has punch me there

(this just started hurting one morning when i woke up)

if i have TMJ, what does this mean for me? should i goto a dentist or doctor. Going to a doctor is for free for me, but i dont have the money to goto a dentist or a specialist.....

is this curable? or something that is going to be with me for a while? what are the treatments? will this thing just go away? what can i do to help it go away?

also what are the causes of TMJ?


thanks

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Old 12-17-2005, 03:50 PM   #2
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

You are going to have to get in to see a dentist to be evaluated. You can find a list of dentists in your area under the "Information Archive" at the top of the page.

A dentist will make you a splint and usually suggest that you try other therapies, as well. Some are Physical Therapy, Chiropractics, Massotherapy, Acupuncture, etc. Until you are able to see a dentist, you might want to try Advil (Or the like) and either moist heat or ice.

As far as what causes TMJD, one usually notices the onset of symptoms following some type of dental work, although there are many causes.

Good luck and hope this helps.

 
Old 12-17-2005, 03:56 PM   #3
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

There are many different kinds of TMJ. Your treatment and ultimate outcome are therefore difficult to predict. Your ultimate outcome will really be affected by the course of action you take, and therefore those who treat your condition. You will need to have a good specialist.

TMJ is a condition that does not have a universal procedure for treatment. For a number of reasons it is much more difficult to get quality care for TMJ than say for another joint. Because of this, you will need to do your research. Read through the posts of others that have gone through this before you.

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Old 12-18-2005, 08:03 PM   #4
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

Hi I have had TMJ for 10 years now... No fun at all. Try not to chew your food. Sad.. but my fingers are my teeth on harder items. So, I keep them washed and hav't to clean my nails quite often. Hate going inside of a restaraunt quite an a embarrassment. The best thing that has ever helped me is stretching like yoga. I normally just touch my toes each night sitting and count to a hundred it is hard to do but it does relax your jaw alot. Normally, I just make sure I do it 3 to 4 times a week a night. Also, Take Coral Calcium it will do wonders and advil when you need it. Oh and try to stay away from stress Ha ha!! and don't use your jaw when you get upset with someone. It will really make it worse. Just let them win. I have problems in that area believe me... Sure wished I could of kept my mouth shut though you will hav't to pay even more for it afterwards. When really bad don't talk much for a couple of days helps also. Don't suck on hard candy. Well, I sure hope this helps some of you out. You definitely, Have my sympathy!!! You are not alone....

 
Old 12-19-2005, 07:23 AM   #5
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

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also what are the causes of TMJ?
Hello,
The primary cause of tmj is: joint dislocation. For me, the joint is sitting a bit too far up. Others, and the majority, have joints that are sitting too far up and back. What cause the joint dislocation? There are a lot but the thing to know is that your joint is dislocated and that's causing your clicking, popping and whatever symptoms you have.
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if i have TMJ, what does this mean for me?
I hate to break it to you, if you do indeed have tmj, you will have a extremely hard time finding someone that actually knows what to do.
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is this curable?
Absolutely. Finding the dentist is actually the hard part.
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or something that is going to be with me for a while? what are the treatments? will this thing just go away? what can i do to help it go away?
Unfortunately, if your joints are dislocated, they will stay dislocated until you fix it. Sometimes, your symptoms will go away on its own.
There are treatments for tmj. i have alwasy been a proponent of FJO and neuromuscular dentists. But then again, not every FJO and neuromuscular dentists are alike. So it all goes back to finding a good dentist.
If you don't have any extreme pain, i'd likely recommend you do as much research as possbile before you go see someone. In my experience, most of them will LIE to you. Even the most experienced ones. So be prepared. You don't want to be ending up worse after treatment.

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Old 12-24-2005, 04:19 PM   #6
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

if your joint is dislocated, how do they fix it?

 
Old 12-25-2005, 08:09 PM   #7
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if your joint is dislocated, how do they fix it?
From my knowledge they can't fix it. Too complicated of a joint. We use this joint more than any joint in are entire body. Alot, of people who try to get it fixed end up worse than they were before surgery. Very Sad to hear... I know. Don't know what else to say!! But May God bless and Have A Merry Christmas and Hopefully a happier New Year...

 
Old 12-25-2005, 08:30 PM   #8
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Re: i think i have TMJ, what now, is it a debilitating disease?

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if your joint is dislocated, how do they fix it?
Hello,
It depends on your problem. But for most people, their joints are usually too far back and up. So all the doc has to do is bring it forward and down. This is why taking a tomogram is so important. Anyway, just bringing it down and forward won't help you unless the doc knows how far down and forward. This is why Dr. H Gelb developed the "Gelb 4/7." This is the place where your joints should be more or less. It is very important to remember that when you open your mouth, your joints should go forward in a smooth fashion. If any "jerking" occurs, you have a problem.
Recently, i found that my sister has a problem too. She grinds at night and a small piece of her back tooth fell off. She has no symptoms of tmj. None at all. One thing that she does have is this "jerking" motion when she opens. This is due to the lack of "vertical dimension" which i also have. But just on one side.
I think people should invest a little bit of money buying Dr. T Spahl's books. Read volume III. It could pay dividends in terms of your knowledge of tmj. You will know what causes tmj and how to fix it. I DON'T suggest gooing to see him because he isn't as honest as people say he is. But i DO suggest reading his books. And after reading it, you will wonder why this condition is so hard to treat because it isn't.

take care,
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