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    Old 05-01-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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    Jaw Hitch, I can't open and close my jaw in a straight line

    I've been doing some things in the mirror trying to better see exactly what is bothering me about my TMJ other than the jaw clenching / tightening and I have realized that I basically cannot open and close my jaw in a straight line (up and down) without it popping and having to go out of line to close. If I try really hard I can get it to go in a straight line but this causes kind of a shooting pain in one side of my face.

    I've known that I had a problem like this for a while but never actually really figured out exactly what it was, I am wondering what is the usual treatment for this.. if anyone else has had this specific problem I would appreciate your input. This doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that a dentist would look at, also the ENT that I saw definitely didn't notice or take note of this.

     
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    Old 05-01-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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    Re: Jaw Hitch, I can't open and close my jaw in a straight line

    I know what your going thru. My jaw starting hooking the day after thanksgiving and it freaked me out. NOt only did hurt, it was startling. It would actually stay locked for a second or two.
    It eventually just got better with rest and eating really soft foods. You have to stop chewing and Ibuprofin and muscle relaxers help.
    I also had an mouth piece made. The dentist thought I might be clenching at night b/c of stress, etc/
    It definitely got better but it has yet to go away. I still get little clicks and I have yet to yawn a big, normal yawn. My jaw even cliked when kissing my husband...so sad.
    I also found Valium to help. Good luck.

     
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    Re: Jaw Hitch, I can't open and close my jaw in a straight line

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    I've been doing some things in the mirror trying to better see exactly what is bothering me about my TMJ other than the jaw clenching / tightening and I have realized that I basically cannot open and close my jaw in a straight line (up and down) without it popping and having to go out of line to close. If I try really hard I can get it to go in a straight line but this causes kind of a shooting pain in one side of my face.

    I've known that I had a problem like this for a while but never actually really figured out exactly what it was, I am wondering what is the usual treatment for this.. if anyone else has had this specific problem I would appreciate your input. This doesn't seem to be the sort of thing that a dentist would look at, also the ENT that I saw definitely didn't notice or take note of this.
    You really need to find an ortho, tmj specialist or OS trained in FJO to straighten your jaw - it has to do with the tm joints not being positioned correctly which therefore requires it to to deviate and not just go up and down. The position of the joints affect the amount of room or distance you need to open and close, so when this is not equal on both sides the jaw will deviate. Medical drs do not treat this.

    I noticed something funny about my smile about 3 years before the tmj started - someone took my picture and happened to catch me right in the middle of a big laugh - and I was much more open on one side and pulled towards the left. I just looked really odd. I just dismissed it as being a bad picture at the wrong time or angle. The other thing I noticed about 1 yr before the tmj started was one day I went to yawn and when I did my whole face pulled towards the left - everyone in the office laughed at me and said "oh, you must be really tired - you can't even yawn straight".

    The point being these lttle things you notice are actually subtle symptoms - much easier to correct before chronic pain and spasms set in or further damage is done to the joints by being left untreated.

     
    Old 05-05-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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    Re: Jaw Hitch, I can't open and close my jaw in a straight line

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    You really need to find an ortho, tmj specialist or OS trained in FJO to straighten your jaw - it has to do with the tm joints not being positioned correctly which therefore requires it to to deviate and not just go up and down. The position of the joints affect the amount of room or distance you need to open and close, so when this is not equal on both sides the jaw will deviate. Medical drs do not treat this.

    I noticed something funny about my smile about 3 years before the tmj started - someone took my picture and happened to catch me right in the middle of a big laugh - and I was much more open on one side and pulled towards the left. I just looked really odd. I just dismissed it as being a bad picture at the wrong time or angle. The other thing I noticed about 1 yr before the tmj started was one day I went to yawn and when I did my whole face pulled towards the left - everyone in the office laughed at me and said "oh, you must be really tired - you can't even yawn straight".

    The point being these lttle things you notice are actually subtle symptoms - much easier to correct before chronic pain and spasms set in or further damage is done to the joints by being left untreated.
    I have the same problem with the crooked smile where one side goes up more than the other sometimes. Well, I've started taking muscle relaxants again, as well as doing some jaw massaging exercises I learned from a physical therapist.

    I also realized I've been holding my tongue and swallowing the wrong way, I think this is due to the TMJ and as the physical therapist explained to me, my jaw is basically very overworked and has a lactic acid buildup in it from the clenching that I do while sleeping, even when I wear the mouthguard now I still get problems from this because I am clenching the guard in between my teeth, I think the key for me to solve this problem is to find a way to stop the clenching at night but so far I don't know what to do about this.

     
    Old 05-06-2007, 08:02 AM   #5
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    Re: Jaw Hitch, I can't open and close my jaw in a straight line

    You may want to check your sleeping position and the pillow you are using - clenching is sometimes caused by the body's resistance to forces - so if you're head is too high or your upper torso a bit prone (like using several pillows to support your head and back) the body will have to exert force to maintain the position which could cause you to clench. So you should be sleeping flat - the use of a cervical pillow can help too since it will keep your neck in line with your head and spine and prevent the neck from being compressed - another factor with clenching. You could also try starting your sleeping routine by laying on your stomach or side and leaving your mouth open with your tongue slightly pushed forward - sometimes clenching is formed habit that needs to be broken or reprogrammed to something else.

    I am having problems with my tongue as well - it pulls toward the left and hurts underneath and it affects my ability to swallow and speak - but that is also the side where my jaw deviates to - so its related.

     
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