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Re: TMJ surgery

Re: TMJ surgery

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Posted by Carole on October 11, 2000 at 22:51:49:

In Reply to: TMJ surgery posted by Carol Ann on October 05, 2000 at 16:18:16:

: I was diagnosed with TMJ eight years ago. I have had three bite splints since that time.
: I have been going to an ENT for sinus problems since March and we are now looking at the TMJ problem. I had an
: MRI two weeks ago and it shows that the meniscus is dislocated. The only option I have to relieve the pain is
: surgery. The ENT will remove the disk and replace it with some of my own tissue. I was wondering if
: anyone had had this procedure done before? If so what has been the outcome? The pain I have suffered
: so far has been great enough that I am willing to try anything. Thanks for you help.

: Carol Ann
Carol Ann...Don't do anything surgical until you have tried everything else. Surgery usually does not help for long and leads to more surgeries. I am looking at #4 and wish I would never have had #1. Check out TMJD.COM and go to the history section and read the many stories. It will shock you. As for the dislocated discs, who cares? It is the pain you want to cure. Your discs came out for a reason, and if that is not fixed, you still have the problem. Many people live with displaced discs, no discs, replaced discs, and no joint at all, but learn how to manage their pain. Check out that website. There are several Doctors there that can answer questions and give advise and referals, along with hundreds of patients from all over the world. Good luck...Carole

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