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TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint board


Stacie - I know exactly what you are going through. This whole TMJ challenge can consume and completely overwhelm you. Let me say first of all that I applaud you for not having the surgery. I would like to share my story and my experiences and urge you to check out everything you can on the internet and these posts. I have TMJ with a deteriorated/displaced disc on the left side. Over the last 3 years I've lost 5 teeth due to clenching and grinding and experienced the daily tension headaches for 2 years, neck pain, and body pain down my entire left side. I also have mysofascial/fibromyalgia syndromes. Add to this Type A, high stress with clenching and grinding (like neo81!) during the night. I've worn a day and night splint for almost 2 years. This pain reduced me to going on a medical leave and eventually losing my job. Here is the hopeful part: After being told my only options were surgery and drugs (I did mostly advil and vicodin and neither is good long-term). I researched everything I could get my hands on (I only wish I would have found this website earlier!). I've previously and/or currently do prolotherapy, trigger point therapy, splints, neurocranial restructring, nutrition, natural hormone therapy and stress reduction. I have almost completely turned this thing around with the help of a wonderful traditional/alternative MD and a dentist who practices the same way. They recognized there are many different factors to TMJ - in my case it was definitely structural/musculoskeletal (caused from a head concussion in a car accident many years ago), as well as having endocrine (adrenal gland) and nutritional components. My disc, small as it is, is back in after lots of therapy, but I still get some trigger point injections in jaw and neck when I overstress. My left-sided body pain is almost gone and I'm getting my life back and managing it so pain is at a minimum if at all. The most critical thing for me has been the anxiety reduction. Also I've had to remove all sugar and caffeine (it gets me grinding almost immediately). I'm able to walk a couple of miles a day again with next to no pain. You mentioned you can't do yoga - I can't either - certain positions frustrate me or are painful to the jaw, which defeats the purpose. My yoga teacher friend has introduced me to restorative yoga, not the flow type. It's basically doing only a few poses per session and you just "hang out" in these positions and do deep breathing. There are great breathing and relaxation videos out there. I integrate sound therapy (alpha relaxation and the like) or listen to classical music while I do my restorative yoga. Some days I just "sit it down" and breathe. I just started doing Qigong also, which is very non-invasive. Heat is always wonderful. Please research everything you can and stay with the boards for advice - there is always hope. You are too young to be in this much pain and unable to enjoy things - I know sometimes the depression is unbelievably bad. Remember that we're all in this together. Also, don't let anyone touch your jaw who does not have the experience - make sure the physician has patients who are happy with their treatments. The info from the folks on these boards is incredible. Keep reading them!

[This message has been edited by cathyk (edited 02-19-2003).]

[This message has been edited by cathyk (edited 02-19-2003).]