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Old 02-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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How exactly does TMJ come about?

So I have been complaining of this muscle tension on the left side of my face. basically I have constant ear pain, and when I open my jaw I feel my muscles being pulled on the left side of my face. This has caused my left eye to water, led to a stuffy ear, and made it very hard to concentrate on schoolwork.

I had all brain scans done and everything came out ok. Went to my ENT and he told me that my ears were OK. He said if I had Eustachian tube dysfunction he would put me on steroid sprays. This makes no sense because I feel this muscle tension all the time.

So I am going to find a maxillofacial specialist that will hopefully give me a splint so that I could fix this. The thing is, I don't even know if its TMJ. All I know is that I have neck pains, my jaw vibrates sometimes, its uncomfortable to open my mouth, and my ear is acting up badly. Theres no clicking or locking.

My question is where does TMJ start? For me, I had ear tubes removed from a myringotomy procedure because I couldn't take the weird sounds, and every since the tubes were out I felt this weird pain. I started having pressure headaches but they subsided. Could it have been the manhandling of my jaw during the anesthesia?

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: How exactly does TMJ come about?

From what I've researched and learned through experience, there can be many different causes and manifestations of TMJD symptoms. There is a good sticky at the top of this board with a good list of diagnostic symptoms.

Your symptoms have presented similarly to mine.

Based upon my physical exam and a very thorough health history, my TMJ orthodontist thinks that a surgery I'd had not log before the symptoms presented may have been a trigger for me. He stated that intubation can be a fairly common trigger.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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Re: How exactly does TMJ come about?

Mine i think came about from a shoulder injury, I badly pulled some muscles in my right shoulder and dislocated it slightly during exercise, not long after that I started having issues with TMJ.

Some people seem to have had theirs from trauma, some people have had it come about from whiplash which there is medical evidence to support it. There seem to be a range of causes but the symptoms you describe fit the bill. I get tension headaches but this normally relates to muscle tension which builds up in my shoulders neck and scalp.

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Re: How exactly does TMJ come about?

I to injured my left neck/ shoulder area exercising.I was benching a good sum one day in march and slipped left side.Instead of letting the weight drop on the drop rack, my brain reflex was to contort and try to with hold the weight ( I guess my brain forgot about the drop rack safety) .Since that very day ,tada tmj for me

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