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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint board

Hi Temera,
I'm sorry to hear you are in so much pain. One of the things that has helped me through the highs and the lows through the years is making a plan. When I get really down, or in a ton of pain and don't think I can handle it anymore, I sit down (by myself or with a loved one) and write down my options... what I can do to make it better... whether that be simple things like rest, or massage... or calling my doctor and getting an appointment ASAP. Having a plan helps me deal with the uncertainties of the pain/depression/and everything else that comes with TMJ disorder.
In my opinion, after dealing with this for years, it's not the actual pain that really causes issues - it's the way we feel about it and deal with it. If we can develop good coping mechanisms, the next time you get in a spot that's difficult, it won't be so hard. :)
Does that make sense? Also, Thelma Louise mentioned anti-depressants, they can definitely help you through a rough spot - or for longer. I find that they help me have less major ups and downs. Plus, they help with pain, and some help with sleep too.
Some anti-depressants that have been used in pain management are Cymbalta, Lexapro, Effexor, and Wellbutrin.

Hope this helps. Hang in there - and remember that people who understand are always around to listen if you need it.