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Old 08-16-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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can nausea come from tmj?

I have been diagnosed with tmj disorder. I have been battling an aching jaw, sore neck, hard swallowing, etc. for three months. All bloodwork, x-rays, screens, ultrasounds have come back normal. ENT, family doctor, and chiropractor all agree it's tmj disorder. Today I have bad nausea (had a migrane last week, but that has gone away). Can the nausea come from the tmj disorder? Thanks. Searching for some answers.

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:58 AM   #2
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Re: can nausea come from tmj?

Absolutely, no doubt in my mind anyway. The first week of splint therapy, I had nausea in the morning. Somehow the night splint was pushing weird and causing the nausea.

Old 08-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #3
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Re: can nausea come from tmj?

Absolutely. It's one of the symptoms I usually have when my jaw "goes out", as I call it. A non-swallowing is a clear sign for the TMJ too. I had it regularly just as soon as my bite was lowered as a result of dental work. A choking feeling and a feeling of the ball in the throat often go with it too, so don't be surprised.

Did you have any dental work adjusting your teeth, or replacing the crowns or fillings which could lower your bite?
All these symptoms are signs of strained jaw muscles. I am bad with names but you can probably check which muscles do what. Those are the ones which will open and close the jaw so if they have to work harder to overclose the jaw then we get them strained. Of course, it's only one of the reasons for these symptoms.
Another one which I know will cause all this is when my jaw goes too far back again due to the wrong teeth for my bite.

You need someone knowledgeable in TMJ and occlusion to figure out what is wrong with your bite. It's great that all the tests are good and the jaw is probably OK. The bad side is that having a muscular case of TMJ is not any better, sometimes they are worse than when there is a problem with the joint.
Good luck in finding a good and knowledgeable dentist, this is a real challenge!

Old 08-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Re: can nausea come from tmj?

Yes definitely! Nausea is one of my most debilitating symptoms. I have started splint therapy and it is very slowly improving at the moment. Migraines can also be a symptom of TMJ disorder.

Old 08-18-2009, 06:18 PM   #5
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Re: can nausea come from tmj?

I get migraines so bad I am hospitalized and screaming. So nausea goes with that for sure.
Are you on any medications? Those could be a culprit.

The muscles that are bothering you are the sternocleidomastoid and the pterygoid medialus. Both spasm during TMJ troubles. If you have ear fullness then it's the tensor veli palatini. Either way it's a gearing problem that causes the spasm and all goes back to the jaw.

Quit seeing ENTs, PCPs, etc and go straight to a specialist even if it requires moving. If it's too painful to live with it, then don't. I did for three years and I was young and I am very angry I wasn't more persistent earlier on.

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