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Re: Surgery-what do I do?

Re: Surgery-what do I do?

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Posted by Charlene on January 10, 2000 at 17:23:47:

In Reply to: Surgery-what do I do? posted by Lisa on January 10, 2000 at 14:44:23:

: I am 33 years old and have had problems with my jaw for 19 years but was diagnosed with TMJ about 7 years ago.
: I cannot fully open my mouth intially but have learned to move my jaw around which I guess moves the
: disc back in place and allows me to open my mouth fully. I have been fitted for night guards/splints
: several times but it doesn't seem to help-actually, it hurts me more-my jaw feels tighter.
: I guess I have learned to live with this-I have headaches more when I am under stress, so I know when it's
: TMJ related, and it always feel inflammed.

: Within the last year, when I went to the dentist-which is always a struggle since
: I have to keep my mouth open for long periods of time, he told me it would only get worse if I let it go so I went to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon. He recommended
: surgery and a procedure that would cut near my ear. I went for a second opinion and this doctor also told me surgery but he would perform the surgery a different way-he would
: go through my mouth instead of cutting-then wire my mouth closed for about three weeks.

: I'm starting to get scared. Has anyone had good outcomes with surgery? Can it only get worse?

: Thanks for any responses!

Hello Lisa,
my name is Charlene, and I am a success story
with my surgery...After many years of suffering
with TMJ trying all the conservative treatments,
soft food diets, pain meds, muscle relaxers,
tranquilizers, and many x-rays. I had 4
arthroscopy surgeries that did not work for me. I
tried wearing splints during the day and night, to no avail none of these theories relieved my
pain and suffering.
In Dec 1990 I had the Christensen Implants the
Fossa-Eminence Prosthesis implanted in place of
my dics, that had badley deteriorated with
rheumatioid arthritis..I am now 10 years post op
and doing great with no pain in the TMJ area, I
am eating everything I want. I do realize that
there are alot of horror stories to be told on
some Implants, and I can only speak of my success
with my implants and not for others..I just wanted
to share my success story with you, and to let
you know that you can email me anytime for more
Best Wishes
[email protected]

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