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Numbness in left side of face - TMJ???

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Old 05-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #1
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Numbness in left side of face - TMJ???

I have been suffering from tingling and then numbness to the left side of my face. I have been to the ER and had a CT scan that came back fine. I've also had bloodwork done that came back fine. It is really getting frustrating. It is the left half of my tongue, cheek, gums, lips, throat, temple, eye, scalp, and chin. It is not Bells Palsy. I saw my dentist and he said that it is not tooth related. I have also seen 3 chiropractors. Everyone keeps telling me that it "should" go away eventually.

I am now beginning to wonder if this numbness could be partially because of TMJ? My jaw muscle is painful when I press on it. My jaw also makes a cracking sound when I open my mouth. One of the chiros kept telling me that my bite was off. And he kept adjusting it. My dentist said nothing regarding TMJ. I do own a night guard because I am a known toothgrinder. However, I have not been wearing it until recently. It has probably been 2 years since I have worn it consistantly.

I now have a call in to a neurologist and am waiting to set up an appointment with him. The numbness in my throat is the most annoying.

Anyone have any thoughts whether this could be TMJ? Total facial numbness on one side of the face is not listed in the symptom list. If anyone thinks that TMJ may be possible, how do you find a good doctor or specialist for TMJ? Any other suggestions? Anyone else ever suffered from these symptoms in the face before?

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Old 05-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: Numbness in left side of face - TMJ???

My pain started out the same way. Left side numbness and tingling. Eventually the numbness became full blown face and eye pain with tingling over it. MRI's, bloodwork, cat scans, doctors, neurologists all told me I was fine.

Everyone told me it would go away but after a few months I went looking for more answers. I had some dental work done a few weeks before it started that changed my bite. TMJ specialist confirmed TMD. Heavy clicking, bite not correct, muscles in spasm on face and neck. I'm 6 weeks into a Neuromuscular splint and getting some reduction in intensity, but overall not much change. Most people on these boards say 6 months is more the norm.

My advice is to get to a TMJ specialist ASAP before it gets worse. I have some arthritis in the joint probably caused from waiting just 4 months to start treatment.

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