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    Old 11-17-2007, 11:31 AM   #1
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    Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    I dislocated my jaw eight months ago (just one side). To this day I still get the same amount of tightness, chronic and acute pain, clicking, cracking, popping, and just general discomfort I had since the day it happened (I still can't even chew bread). Also - my ears have plugged up since the incident and won't unplug. They are constantly plugged up as if I have the 'airplane ear' 24/7.

    No doctor wants to give me a CT scan or MRI, physical therapy and TMJ therapists are too much for me to afford, and daily exercises of the jaw (TMJ geared exercises I get from the internet)... are doing nothing really after all this time of doing them on a daily basis.


    What can I do? I know that eight months is nothing compared to some people who have suffered with TMJ for many years (some up to 20 years with the condition) - but everyone has a different tolerance of suffering they can handle. The reason my tolerance is running short now is because how much distress my particular problem was doing me according to the stress that I have been through (and am still going through), and my pain handling and perception. Honestly - I don't even want to live anymore... and I'm seriously starting to doubt whether there is a point in living life with suffering that begins from the moment you wake up... and ends the moment you fall asleep...

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    Old 11-17-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    You say no dr (regular MD) will do a MRI or CT scan which are quite expensive so I am assuming you have medical health insurance which would cover those?

    A dislocated jaw and sometimes even tmj is covered by medical health insurance so maybe you should at least go see an oral surgeon or MD trained in tmj and /or myofacial or cranio facial pain syndrome (not a dentist) since they are usually covered by med ins and as such can request the tests needed to evaluate your jaw. Many hospitals have depts for myofacial and craniofacial pain disorders. A dislocated jaw is not quite the same as tmj although it can produce similar symptoms I am sure - perhaps though instead of it being dislocated or because it was dislocated, your disc has become displaced and can not function properly? A regular dr in either case would probably not be able to help much.

    Also - many dental schools and universities have depts for tmj and pain mgmt that often charge less in the event you do not have medical insurance which you may want to look into. I know in the US there are some health care credit cards available that allow 12 months of financing w/ 0% interest rates which may take the edge off a bit in terms of at least paying to go see a specialist (again, should you have no medical ins or are limited to a certain amt).

    Hope you are well soon.

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    Old 11-18-2007, 06:40 AM   #3
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    where in canada do you live?

    i can completely relate to everything you're saying. im going on 7.5 years in pain with no end in sight as well. it sucks, and i hate it - sometimes i honestly cannot believe that this is the way my life has turned out [at the ripe old age of 26].

    my only suggestion is to go to your family doctor and stress how much pain you're in and explain the specific ways that your life is being affected by your pain.

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    You say no dr (regular MD) will do a MRI or CT scan which are quite expensive so I am assuming you have medical health insurance which would cover those?
    oh, and he appears to be from canada, and MRIs and CT scans are free for us.

     
    Old 11-18-2007, 10:49 PM   #4
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    Yeah, but from what I've heard about Canada, good luck with that. Might be a couple of years to get that free scan. The doctors probably don't want to help because your insurance pressures them. That's Canada for ya.
    Come to Massachusetts here. I get free care and EVERYTHING covered, and no serious waiting. Some catches about income, but it's worth it. I have no reason to get my TMJ treated though as it's very minor and doesn't hurt, and may get better on it's own once I get all my other dental issues resolved. I've had it for 4 years at least.

     
    Old 11-20-2007, 12:08 AM   #5
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    Thanks for the replies.

    I live in BC, Canada. Yes, the CT and MRI scans are free but there is like a minimum of 8 months waiting time (I've been waiting for an MRI of my lower back for almost 2 years now).

    I'll look into what schools and universities here can do maybe...

    Thanks.

     
    Old 12-22-2007, 08:47 AM   #6
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    Bah... still no progress.

    Can't get an MRI, and nothing is improving. I got used to only being able to open my mouth half way now and not being able to chew anything hard (the only thing I miss is dark chocolate cause it's hard and I can't chew it) - but what is driving me ABSOLUTELY NUTS are my plugged up ears. I work with music... it is pretty much my career... but my ears are plugged - how inconvenient.

    Anyone find out any new info on how to improve these symptoms? I'm desperately looking for any type of answer. And so are lots of other people on the rest of the internet - I see that I'm not the noly one with jaw problems or plugged up ears.

    Thanks.

     
    Old 01-10-2008, 04:41 AM   #7
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    Man... my jaw is still so messed up. The joints are cracking and popping and the jaw doesn't open evenly. I can also feel the cartilage, ligaments, and muscles 'grinding' and 'tearing' inside when I try to open wide.

    And the fact that there is probably some muscles and tendons out of alignment which are plugging my ears is just driving me absolutely INSANE.


    Does anyone have any new info on this topic? Any new producedures or tests I can get done to figure out what is going on inside and what not?

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    Old 01-10-2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    I'm so sorry you're feeling so terrible -we all do or have done at one time in our TMJ journeys so you're not alone. Have you tried going to your accident and emergency deptartment (or is it Emergency Room over there?) - someone will have to see you then? It does sound to me like you need an MRI, Xray or CT scan - I don't think you will be able to get the right exercises for your particular condition unless you do. Its sounds like your discs might be displaced. You do need to see a specialist as left untreated this sort of problems can get so bad that in the end you may even need your joints replacing. It isn't really a condition that you can treat at home. If money is an issue, maybe if you ring round some of your local teaching hospitals or universities that they may be able to offer cheaper scans and treatment in return for letting the student doctors loose on you (will full supervision of course so nothing to worry about). Sometimes your GP can write to the hospital telling them you're really bad and so hurry up the scans a bit for you. Also posture is quite important in TMJ, if you have a bad posture, correcting that by sitting up straight and stretching etc can sometimes help to alleviate TMJ symptoms. Have you had any scans or appointments yet? Good Luck! MH.

     
    Old 01-11-2008, 09:48 PM   #9
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    Re: Over half a year since dislocated jaw - no improvement still

    Thanks MH. I'm going to look into the university thing... maybe there's something like that here and I could be their guinea pig.

    I'm actively trying to get an MRI though first. Hopefully that is the right thing to do and I'm not wasting my time...

     
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