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Old 11-06-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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TMJ or anxiety or both!


I have had major anxiety problems for years, all relating to my health. I am wondering now whether some of the things that I worry about are in fact TMJ related. Here is my list;

Jaw clicks when I open and close it
Can't open my mouth very wide
ear pain, especially at night when I lay on my side
very itchy ears - only really at night
major tension in neck and shoulders due to ongoing stress
swollen glands - mainly when I wake in the morning then they go down within the hour
sinus problems/stuffiness
blocked ears
tight throat
constant pain behind my eyes
occasional flashes in corner of vision

I clench my teeth a lot due to my anxiety also. Does any of this sound like TMJ?

Thanks for any help that anyone can give me, I am a nervous wreck.

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ or anxiety or both!

Hello There Smeebee,

I am sorry to hear about your anxiety troubles. I know it can be difficult when you have many different symptoms going on at one time. Unfortunately, all of the symptoms you mentioned can occur when there is an issue going on within the tmj joints. The clicking in the jaw when you open and close your mouth leads me to believe you may have some extent of joint damage. It is possible you have a disc displacement on the side of your jaw where you hear the clicking noise. This sound is your jaw disc slipping in and out of alignment. Please go see a tmj specialist in your area and make sure to have an mri done. An mri is one of the best ways to get a clear picture of what is happening to your jaw joints.

Please remember that you should always consider surgery as a last resort for this condition. It is always best to try all conservative options first. A splint worn during the day and night is a common form of treatment. You may also find massage, accupuncture, and physical therapy helpful. Try to eat soft foods and give your jaw a rest whenever possible. Concentrate on keeping your teeth apart. Keep in mind that the jaw joints are the most complex in the human body and are still not very well understood.

Do you also have headaches when you wake up? I am gathering from your post that you really need to work on calming down your anxiety in conjunction with healing your jaw joints. Your anxiety is causing you to clench your teeth and consequently placing additional pressures on an already compromised jaw. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I would be happy to help you in any way I can.



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