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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint board


Hi everyone,

I havent posted for a while, my tmj nightmare is still continuing. For those who don't know my story here's a brief summary. my Tmj problems resulted from being intubated (tube put down the throat) for a general anaesthesc. the surgery i had was not related to my teeth, mouth or jaw what so ever.

this happened 5 years ago when I was 19. I tried all conservative treatments from 3 splints, massage, chiropractic, physio, acupuncture, you name it everything but to no avail. in fact i think it made my jaw worse. I had an arthrocentesis' performed 3 years ago which pushed my disc forward even more. At that stage my jaw was locked and i could only open 5mm. I lived with this permanent locking for 4 years. I was sent to a tmj surgeon and he straight away said that he would remove my disc. i was not happy with his decision as i thought it was a bit too drastic, with me being so young and the thought of bone on bone would lead to degeneration of the joint etc.

I wanted a second opinion ( in total i saw 7 surgeons) and my pain specialist finally found a surgeon with the skill and talent who would operate, and he was my last resource before going interstate. for some reason all the other surgeons did not want to touch me, for what reason I don't know.

Anyway to cut a long story short, my surgeon performed an arthroscope and found that my tmj disc was damaged beyond repair. the treatment was going to be to repair the disc but this was not possible and for the quality of my life i decided that a discectomy was the go.
So i had my disc removed, it was painful but i expected that.

To date, the surgery did improve my opening to double to what it was pre surgery and i am now at 10mm. that is the widest i can open and my pain is still the same very severe, i am on and have been for the past4 years loads of medications that sedate me so much that i am in bed at 7:30pm every night, but it does help with the pain.

But over the past year my pain gets so severe, my tmj, facial,and neck pain as well as spasms and severe headache that I pass out and am unconsciouss for anywhere up to 1 and a half hours to 2 hours. In total I have collapsed and have been taken by ambulance to hospital on 8 occasions. but over the past 2 months it is happening more frequently (on 3 occasions). I have been given IV morphine for the pain when I come to which helps a great deal, but recently an ER doctor gave me an injection of ketorolac which is as potent as morphine but without all the side effects of morphine, and this helped with my severe pain. I'd rather take that than morphine and it has proven to be very effective for me.

My last episode was only 3 days ago. I see my pain specialist this week to see if i can give this injection to myself before my pain gets to the stage of passing out.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Sorry, this short post has turned out to be a rather long one.

Take care,
Carey :)
(((Carey))),

I am sorry I don't know anything about ketorolac. I read somewhere on the pain management board a guy whose wife received occipital nerve blocks (I had one and it helped with the headaches for a month or so), and robaxin infusions, which from what I remember are daily infusions of (possibly) increasing strength of robaxin, which in and of itself in pill form, doesn't do much, but apparently these infusions helped his wife.

It's all I can offer. Your pain specialist should be able to help you have something strong enough nearby for the breakthrough pain that is so unbearable for you.

Gentle ((((((((((hugs)))))))))))),
Del.
Quote from Carey:
Hi everyone,



But over the past year my pain gets so severe, my tmj, facial,and neck pain as well as spasms and severe headache that I pass out and am unconsciouss for anywhere up to 1 and a half hours to 2 hours. In total I have collapsed and have been taken by ambulance to hospital on 8 occasions. but over the past 2 months it is happening more frequently (on 3 occasions). I have been given IV morphine for the pain when I come to which helps a great deal, but recently an ER doctor gave me an injection of ketorolac which is as potent as morphine but without all the side effects of morphine, and this helped with my severe pain. I'd rather take that than morphine and it has proven to be very effective for me.

My last episode was only 3 days ago. I see my pain specialist this week to see if i can give this injection to myself before my pain gets to the stage of passing out.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Sorry, this short post has turned out to be a rather long one.

Take care,
Carey :)


Hi Carey:
You are extremely lucky that you have doctors who are willing to give you enough pain medication to keep you out of pain. Most will not give patients enough meds to keep them out of pain. At some point they seem to get fed up and cut off the pain meds. So, I say wow, you are so lucky your doctors are so generous with these very powerful pain killers. I was never that lucky.
Hugs,
Tiffany
Hi everyone,

Just a quick update. I have only passed out from severe pain once and that was 3 weeks ago. apart from that the ketorolac (Toradol) injection that i give myself have prevented me from collapsing, so that is a really big thing (good)for me. i am still on the mammoth amounts of medication, but i take each day as it comes.

I hope you are all coping well.

Take care,
Carey :)