Post # 1
I’ve never even had my jaw POP in my whole life, and suddenly I can barely open my mouth wide without it locking and them popping back in place for the past 3 days! yeouch! I’m reading a bunch about this thing called TMJ online, and basically no one seems to know anything factual about it, and I can’t find out if this is something that could happen so suddenly.
I’m just imagining either not being able to talk or wearing some head guard/mouth brace on my wedding day…
Here’s to hoping it gets better as quickly and randomly as it’s gotten worse!
Post # 3
I have TMJ syndrome. Do you grind your teeth at night due to stress? You have to conciously try to keep your top teeth and bottom teeth apart and do not try to open your mouth too wide. You don’t have to be born with it. Mine started when I was 16. Your doc might want you to wear a mouth guard at night and you are supposed to avoid smoking, alcohol and other vices. There are different grades of severity. Someone I knew had to eat through a straw every night. Mine is annoying but tolerable. Sorry you are feeling this now 🙁
Post # 4
It sounds like stress. And with the wedding a few weeks away it is not surpriseing…lol. They do have OTC guards you can put in your mouth to see if that helps.
Post # 5
I have TMJ syndrome as well. I had the same exact thing happen to me. I was just sitting out at dinner with my friends when my jaw locked up.
I don’t mean to scare you, but I actually had to take steroids and go to physical therapy three times a week for 3 weeks to get it back to normal. Mine was a severe case though, here’s hoping yours will clear up!
You should check online for jaw manipulations to ease the pain and unlock your jaw. I remember having to do them daily.
Post # 6
Mine does that, though every time I ask a dentist/orthodontist/doctor about it they send me to someone else. Although they all assume it’s from grinding my teeth- maybe at night, but after becoming more conscious of it I do it during the day too when I’m stressed, like at work or while driving. Try to stay conscious of it and relax your jaw often. But the only “treatment” is a mouthguard while you sleep, and that didn’t help me at all anyway 😛
Post # 7
I naturally clench my jaw so my jaws always cracking. I have to make an effort to relax it during the day. You could maybe try sleeping with a hockey mouthguard in I don’t know how well it will stay in while you are sleeping. They are relativley cheap you can get them for 4 dollars
Post # 8
I haven’t been diagnosed, but my jaw started locking/popping a few months before my wedding and 1.5 years later it’s still happening and I have no idea why. I saw my doctor about it and he didn’t offer any explanation and basically said nothing is wrong. I can say it’s gotten less severe over time. It used to be so bad I couldn’t eat or yawn without pain, but now it just seems to happen when I yawn and it’s a little softer of a ‘pop’ although it’s still there.
Post # 9
Hmmm…it’s possible that I grind my teeth as I sleep.
Also likely, is I was just thinking about how I sleep; often on my stomach with my head turned to the side, and recently I think for some reason it’s been the one side a lot lately. (I know, not a good way to sleep, but it’s soooo comfortable and sometimes the only way I can get to sleep!) I think I’m going to try sleeping on my back for several nights, and seeing if that helps, even if I feel so uncomfortable and can’t fall asleep all night!
Post # 10
Definitely TMJ! I also have had it since our wedding (over 4 years ago now). I have a mouth guard that I sleep with at night (does wonders for the bedroom…lol), but it saves your teeth. Because you’re so close to your wedding, it’s probably the issue. Try to be conscious if you grind or clench your teeth at night. If you can, run to the drug store and get an over the counter night guard for now. It will help with the popping and locking hopefully.
Also, try to sleep on your back or side a little more often. Sleeping on my stomach with my head to the side always makes me clench my teeth which is part of the problem. Go for a massage, go for a run, do some yoga…anything that is relaxing and stress relieving. That’s the ulitmate cause of the TMJ!
Post # 11
If the mouthguard isn’t enough for you, try getting a massage. I’ve had TMJ for years and it definitely gets worse when I’m stressed. Some people carry a lot of stress in their neck or back muscles. I carry it all in my jaw muscles, which triggers a lot of headaches. The only thing that’s ever helped long term is getting regular massages. I explained the issue to my massage therapist and he tends to concentrate on my jaw and head during our sessions. It makes a huge difference.