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    Old 07-31-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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    medications that stop TMJ headaches

    What are some medications that I can ask my doctor about that stop TMJ headaches? What medications have you all had success with for TMJ headaches?

     
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    Old 07-31-2006, 11:34 PM   #2
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    You can ask for muscle relaxers. I take Flexeril before bed and it helps for awhile. I also take Advil when I get up in the am. Hope you find something that works for you.

     
    Old 08-01-2006, 06:57 AM   #3
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Hi britney cheslsea,
    Your post caught my eye I am a daily headache suffer. I am wondering if mine is tmj related also. Do you mind me asking what your tmj headaches feel like? I also take advil throughout the day which seems to help a bit. Hopefully you can find some relief as well. boxerlover227

     
    Old 08-01-2006, 12:17 PM   #4
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Hi boxer. My headaches are at the top of my head. It feels like pressure at the top of my head. What do your headaches feel like??

     
    Old 08-01-2006, 04:34 PM   #5
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    Hi britney chelsea
    Mine are pretty much the same. I feel pressure in my head and behind my eyes. Almost tension/migraine type. Most of the time my head feels like it's in a vice being squeezed real tight or a ton of bricks are sitting on top of my head as I like to call it! I mentioned advil in my last post, It does take the edge off for me but you may want to talk to your doctor as mentioned in sunshine's post and ask for a muscle relaxer for bedtime! I also notice if I lay down for a bit with a hot pac on my head & jaw this helps alot!
    Are headaches your main complaint or are there others like me?
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    Old 08-01-2006, 06:00 PM   #6
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Hey boxer, does your head ever have a dull ache and a feeling of fullness at the top?

     
    Old 08-01-2006, 07:48 PM   #7
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Hey Chelsea,
    yes I have that most of the time it seems. Does it feel like someone is pushing real hard on the top of your head?
    I use to be worried it was my blood pressure. I am thinking it's all muscle related. Here is some interesting information regauarding TMJ and headaches, I would like to share with you.
    TMJ Related Headaches / Migraines
    Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a neuromuscular (temporomandibular joint) problem. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and the Neuromuscular headache is a tension type of headache. It is often described as a feeling of wearing a hat two sizes too small, with pain in a ring around the head, or as a migraine headache.
    There are a few TMJ-related causes for tension headaches. Constant contraction of muscle fibers within a muscle, create tension, pressure or a tight feeling in the face and head, but constant tight muscle fibers prevent or reduce blood flow to that area. The body sends more blood to the areas and this can result an increase in general blood pressure to the muscles and head, sometimes referred to as vascular headaches. Clenching and grinding the teeth, which are TMJ symptoms, produce pain from the muscles in the head, which is a headache.
    Unfortunately, these headaches can be so frequent or severe that they are frequently misdiagnosed and treated as migraine headaches.
    The pain from muscle headaches can be blocked with medications, or nerves cut with brain surgery or muscles somewhat relaxed with muscle and psychological therapy, but the cause of the disease and damage from the bad bite, malocclusion, will persist.
    By putting the musculature back into alignment and placing the jaw into its optimal position, neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate most headache problems related to TMJ, muscle, nerve and joint disorders.
    Are you currently having any tmj treatment? I am wondering do you experience any dizziness or balance/ear issues with your TMJ? And also are you currently under any treatment plan for your TMJ? Boxerlover

     
    Old 08-01-2006, 07:55 PM   #8
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Thanks for the info! That was a good read. Yes I do have ringing in the ears all the time. I'm going to a TMJ doctor on August 11th. Hopefully he can help me out. My bite is misaligned so I'll probably have to have braces. What about you?? Also do you have pain your behind your eyes?

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    Old 08-02-2006, 07:47 AM   #9
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Hi chelsea,
    Your very welcome! I also think my jaw is misaligned. I notice when I open and close my mouth there is sort of a shift in my jaw. Not noticable to the eye so much, but I can feel it.. I have the pressure behind my eyes reallly bad
    sometimes I find it hard to ever focus on things that's how bad it feels. The advil liquid gels help that out alot. I notice that is worse as the day progresses. I guess from using my jaw. I also have alot of balance issues, I often get crackling sounds in my ears, along with symptoms related to vertigo,fullness clogged stuffy ears.
    Here is some information in reguards to the ringing in your ears.
    Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears):
    Tinnitus, or Ringing in the ears, is another symptom of Neuromuscular dysfunction that is commonly misdiagnosed and often goes untreated or is treated ineffectively. In many cases ringing in the ears is one of the results of having a strained bite in which the jaw is not aligned. The jaw area of the face is a complex network of muscles and nerves, and when the bite is misaligned muscles and nerves throughout the head, including the ears, can be affected.
    If your neuromuscular dentist diagnoses the cause of your tinnitus to be an unstable or misaligned bite, he or she can work with the source of the problem by stabilizing and realigning the bite so that the entire jaw area works together without pain. Your bite will be back to its normal position, relieving the ringing in your ears that was caused by the misaligned bite.
    I will pass you along any more interesting information I find along the way to you!
    Boxerlover

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    Old 08-02-2006, 12:29 PM   #10
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    Thanks so much boxer! So I guess neuromuscular dysfunction is what we both have??

     
    Old 08-04-2006, 06:23 PM   #11
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    Re: medications that stop TMJ headaches

    boxer have you been diagnosed with tmj? are you seeing a dentist or a tmj specialist?

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    Old 08-04-2006, 08:12 PM   #12
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    Hi Chelsea,
    I am currently looking into finding a TMJ specialist in my area, Good one's are hard to come by so I hear! I was told by a Doctor, Chiro, and Dentist that I have tmj. I never had a Mri though or ct scan. I guess that's what the Specialist is for? Have you ever had any testing in reguards to your tmj? How are your headaches, Have you taken the advil to see if it helps?
    Today I have alot of tension in my jaw and crackling in my ears, and I notice my headache is alot worse today. Yesterday not so bad, everyday the headache is there but somedays are worse then others. I recieved a post from another tmj suffer that replyed under my post called tmj and dizzy. You can also find this topic in the tmj message board.
    I am forwarding it to you through this post perhaps it could be useful to you as well. I know you have your appointment coming up please keep me updated!
    I am glad I found someone who could relate to how I feel! Boxerlover

    Here is the post From another TMJ Suffer:
    Boxer:
    I have just recently been diagnosed with TMJ (last month!) and all of the symptoms you list are things i have been experiencing. for nearly five months i was in and out of different doctors, and given no answers. frustrating, frightening, and has made me skeptical of the knowledge doctors are supposed to have!! i had a particularly horrible visit with an ENT, who barely looked in my ears, barely gave me a chance to explain my ailments, named "allergies" as the cause of my problems, shoved some nasal spray at me, then billed me $100. not to discourage you from visiting a doctor if you haven't yet already... its important that you do figure out what, exactly, is causing you discomfort... but i suggest doing some careful research into doctors who specialize in TMJ disorders, in order to avoid disappointment, further frustration, and spending valuable $$$ on pointless doctor's visits!!!
    I sympathize with you, but want to give you some reassurance that there are other people out there who are experiencing THE SAME THING AS YOU. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety aggrivate this disorder---as with stress and anxiety, you are more prone to clenching your teeth, grinding your teeth at night, and unconsciously tightening your jaw muscles, causing the joint to be aggrivated.
    Before I was diagnosed with TMJ, my friends began to think that i was becoming a hypochondriac; my family thought all of my symptoms were simply due to stress at my job (I work at a lawfirm--not exactly a laid back environment!!!); I'm sure stress aggrivated it (like I said), but I knew deep down there had to be an underlying cause for everything.
    I was suddenly experiencing symptoms unlike anything i had experienced before: dizziness (basically a sensation of everything falling slightly downward to the right, like I got off a tire swing), ringing in my ears when i laid down at night (with a small amount of pain), a dull ache as if i were recovering from someone hitting me over the head and in the back of my head with something. i have some difficulty swallowing; it almost feels like it clicks. and i have a sore throat on most days, but no infection. sore neck and upper back, temples are tender to the touch (but temple massages seem to feel great!!).
    I dunno... I guess I just want to assure you that chances are, you're ok. You seem to have a large amount of anxiety (granted the descriptive nature of your symptoms), which I am sure is contributing to the problem.
    Some advice: avoid gum!! and be aware of what your jaw is doing at any given point in time (are you clenching it at your desk? or if you're exercising?). make time for yourself to relax---try pilates. long walks. seriously, this sounds lame, but my symptoms are finally dicipating, and i'm starting to feel like myself again.
    If it's TMJ, it may be as simple as obtaining a nightguard from a TMJ doctor, so that when you're asleep, your jaw muscles have time to relax and heal. I've been sleeping with a nightguard for a month and my headaches seem to be going away... and if i do get a headache, its about 1/10th of the severity it once was---a very positive sign!!!
    GOOD LUCK!!!

     
    Old 08-04-2006, 10:51 PM   #13
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    Thanks for that boxer. yes I will definitely keep you updated and informed on my appointment. I've had several mri's and cat scans and they all came back normal. Many tmj sufferers have normal cat scans and mri's but that means nothing--especially if you have muscular tmj like i do. Yes the advil does help. And my headache is just like yours in that it never goes away, it just gets better or gets worse.

     
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