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Re: is it worth the money to get help?

Re: is it worth the money to get help?

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Posted by jenn on August 04, 2000 at 01:21:45:

In Reply to: is it worth the money to get help? posted by Brooke on August 02, 2000 at 18:33:53:

get a night gaurd
it is made to fit your teeth and will keep you from hurting your teeth at night.

also relax, try some relaxation exercises--they really help. i am one destist visit away from a night gaurd and hope it will help. the pain in my jaw is unbearable.

also constant grinding wears away your teeth and ruins your gums. my dentist bills can prove it

hope this helps

: I have been having TMJ problems for about 2 years now. I am a junior in high school and can just not imagine having to go through with this pain for the rest of my life. Especially since the pain only gets worse as time goes by. Nobody I know understands my pain; my parents try, but it is impossible.

: I attend a very competitive school and take many college-level classes that have an average of two hours of work each every night. This all amounts to about 8-10 hours a night, or more, after a full day of school. With so much pain and the fatigue it brings, I just can't seem to get through all my work in a timely fashion. My doctor told me to take 3 motrin a day, but even that makes me incredibly drowsy and I don't want to be dependent on drugs to get me through life. Also, because of zero-tolerance policies I am not allowed to carry any kind of pain-reliever with me at school.

: An important part of my life is music. I play oboe and tuba in concert and marching band respectively. I've heard that this can be very hard on people with TMJ and I do get headaches after playing occasionally, but I could never give it all up.

: So I guess my question is this: As of yet I have not been able to get to a specialist due to my insurance company's red tape and my rigorous school schedule. Should I continue to seek this help or try to make it on over-the-counter pain medications alone? Reading through the postings and the many, numerous sites on TMJ i have read, it seems that the chances of relief are low compared to the high expenses and maybe not worth the effort and false hope.

: Thanks for your kind attention.

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