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Old 01-21-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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I would appreciate advice on this matter,..

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in previous posts, I have two displaced discs. The Radiologist's report which I received identified Wilkes stages 2 and 3 for my left and right discs respectively.

My chief concern is the course of treatments I should be pursuing. I have no clicking, no pain in the joints, no jaw locking. In fact, my jaw and joints have been asymptomatic. However, I have water eyes, pressure in my ears, headaches, very stiff neck and shoulders, bad posture, and cannot stand up for more than two minutes without feeling unbalanced,

I have an appointment with a TMJ specialist next week in London, Dr. Patrick Grossmann. I also have appointments with a trigger point specialist and a chiropractor to deal with my bone and muscle issues.

My question is the following: What should I next in terms of TMJ treatment? Should I go for a splint? Is that the only way a disc can recapture? I have heard that many people lead normal lives with displaced discs and that these should become a concern only when they lead to clicking and jaw-locking.

I am fairly convinced that my symptoms are muscle and bone-related, obviously an outcome of TMJD.

I would appreciate anyone's input on this matter.

Thanks a lot,..

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:46 AM   #2
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Re: I would appreciate advice on this matter,..

hey susu2007 i am so happy they know exactly what is wrong! BIG HUG!!

I think you should get splint therapy as i know they fixed my disc displacement however i still have earaches i think which are muscle related..i just think this is the best thing because if they fix the displacement then you wont have to bother seeing trigger point specialist and a chiropractor! i just want you to get completely 100 % instead of them giving you a quick fix, because with my chiropractor and physio and acupuncture sessions they all masked the pain not fixed it .. ?? But yeah thats my opinion ... tell me what you want to do honey..

Am here to support you

Sending lots of love you're way!!

Old 01-21-2009, 09:04 AM   #3
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Re: I would appreciate advice on this matter,..

I would wait and talk with each first before you decide to pursue splint therapy or not - I too have read that some people can live life normally with displaced discs and therefore do not seek treatment. It could be though the displacment has pushed your jaw against the c-spine or is causing some cranial derangement which may account for your symptoms - if that is indeed the case, treating the symptoms first with the chiro and trigger point therapy may be the answer - however, it may not be a permanent fix and splint therapy may still be required - even if just to stablize the jaw and prevent it from repositioning again.

When you see the tmj specialist ask what type of splint he feels you need and why - there are many types avalable depending on their purpose and design (upper, lower, GELB, MAGO, NTI, reprogrammer, repositioning, stablizing, etc.) and try not to commit to anything until you have researched it and fully understand what the splint will attempt to do.

Old 01-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: I would appreciate advice on this matter,..

Hi susu2007,
I agree w/ Thelma and Louise. Get all the opinions first from the dentists, chiropractors and whoever else you see. Start the most conservative treatment first... see if there is any improvement before moving on to anything else. Splint therapy is considered conservative, but I think it might be more radical than chiropractic.

There have been plenty of people on this board, myself included, that have been diagnosed with TMJ, but have had no jaw pain. Some began splint therapy (along w/ complementary treatment) and their symptoms improved / vanished. Others like myself started splint therapy only to have things get worse or stay the same. Even though many of us have similar symptoms - the key to our recoveries is not necessarily the same. Of course, this is frustrating!!!!


Old 01-21-2009, 07:00 PM   #5
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i would just like to say that Thelma Louise and loudadawg you both have the best responses I wish i could write like you both , wonderful advice!!

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