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my jaw is always so tight

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Old 05-18-2006, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question my jaw is always so tight

I have TMJ disorder and I have to wear a splint 24/7. I my jaw pops on the left side. My jaw is always so tight and stiff. My TMJ is pretty bad. Anything I need to do to loosing my mussels in my jaw?


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Old 05-18-2006, 06:45 PM   #2
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

most days i can only get my jaw open 1 mm.....sometimes tea will help loosem me up to on a really good day 3 mm......but i would imagine anything warm even a heating pad would help....i just really like tea!

Old 05-19-2006, 12:58 PM   #3
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

Have you tried any tmj exercises - like putting your tongue to the roof of your mouth and repeating the word "nine" over and over for a couple of mins - one dentist told me to do this several times a day. One dr told the same thing but to use the letter "M". Another dr told me to stick gauze in my mouth on the sides and leave it there for a short time a couple times a day to keep the muscles from shortening.

Old 05-19-2006, 10:53 PM   #4
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

1mm? how do u eat then?

Old 05-20-2006, 10:29 AM   #5
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

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1mm? how do u eat then?
i'm on a liquid or mush diet depending on the day....much like if my jaw was wired's been just about 2 months now.....not good!

Old 05-20-2006, 02:49 PM   #6
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

i used to have the same situation as you. i could open around 11mm and was on the liquid/mush diet for 8 months. I just chewed for the first time yesterday. It was pretty exciting, haha! to loosen up your jaw, i put a warm moist heating pad on or just a warm washcloth. then start to open your mouth and move it laterally. the warmness will help the least for a little bit afterwards... it doesnt provide long term relief, but it helps!

Old 06-02-2006, 06:51 PM   #7
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Re: my jaw is always so tight

Swimming and showers are the only things that help my jaw relax, but a short time later (minutes) the jaw is tight again. Its a tease.

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