- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2007
I suffered with TMJ for many years. I didnt realize I even had it. I had been getting pretty bad migraines, to the point of going to the ER. My Dr had tried many different types of medications…migraine medications, anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, I even tried narcotics. I went and saw a neurologist who prescribed a blood pressure medication that didn’t help. I finally tried seeing a headache specialist. She reviewed everything, looked into my past. She asked if i had ever been in a car accident, replied yes, she said even tho it was a minor fender bender it could be causing my migraines. She had also checked everything, walking heal to toe, bending over checking my spine, had me open and close my mouth. When she checked my mouth she mentioned she noticed my mouth went to the side when I opened it. she recommended me to get physical therapy done and to see a TMJ specialist. I went to therapy, tried the TMJ specialist but insurance wouldn’t cover it. finally my physical therapist suggested a specialist that I went and saw(paid for visits out of pocket) he did an mri of my jaw and determined I had TMJ. After having a couple visits and the mri we decided surgery was going to be the better of solutions(jaw and pain got pretty bad before surgery). Tried to get insurance to cover it but they wouldn’t. We ended up loosing our insurance and so I couldn’t get the surgery. I then ended up with state insurance, tried to get them to cover my TMJ surgery…after months and months of jumping thru their hoops between my primary care doctor pushing and my TMJ specialist and I constantly calling and jumping thru hoops they by surprise and shock actually approved to cover my TMJ surgery. I had it done June 19 2012. I am still currently recovering. I am on a 9 month no chew diet. At 9 months I can try very shoft chew diet of 5 minutes per meal(scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes those kinds of things) if I can stand it I can move up the amount of soft chew foods little by little, if not I get set back a month each time. It’s a 400 day recovery process and a full 2 years before having full use and recovery of my jaw. Long and rough road after surgery but I feel its worth it. I still get some migraines here and there but nothing like before the surgery. I have jaw pain now but it’s part of the recovery not the same pain as prior to the surgery. They did microscopic incisions so you can barely even see the incisions unless i point them out and show them.