TMD or TMJ Jaw inflammation help.

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Hi, I’m sorry. I also have this it really stinks. There isn’t a ton that can be done from what I’ve looked Into. I found though that alternating ice and heat helps me. When it bothers me I try to stay away from hard or chewy food. I also read about getting Botox in the jaw and people say it seems to work but I haven’t looked into that. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I had a locked jaw for over a year and I have seriously tried everything. What finally worked for me was seeing a massage therapist who specializes in TMJ. He was able to unlock my jaw and for the first time in a year, I wasn’t in pain.

Other things that Dr.s tried with me include steriods and muscle relaxers (worked a bit, but I was still locked) mouth guards (the only thing that keeps me from being locked up again) and tenz therapy (little electric pulses in your face to relax the muscles).

Keep with the mouth guard and find a massage therapist that specializes or has expirience with TMJ. If there are any dentists or chiropractors in your area that offer tenz treatment, try that out too.

I have seen 8 different medical professionals over the years and they each had a different approach and suggestions. Keep finding someone knew and getting referrals until you find something that gets you results.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Lepidoptera:  

@DisneyKb:  

@thenewmrsmax:  

The only thing that has every helped me is finding a massage therapist who knows how to alleviate this kind of thing!  No jaw pain for over a year now, he’s amazing 🙂

Just a warning – some of them will stick their fingers in your mouth for maximum massage reach! haha

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@ebarnes0:  I think the most effective massage therapists stick their hands in your mouth (with a glove on) and while it hurts like hell when they do it…I walked out of my first visit with an unlocked jaw and able to eat my first sandwich in a year!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@thenewmrsmax:  Yeah, the guy I go to doesn’t do it because he doesn’t like to and I don’t like him to (I go to him primarily for work on my shoulder) but since I see him every week or two it’s not necessary for me to get that in depth (get it? sorry haha) with it since it’s pretty often.

Glad to hear it works for you too!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@Lepidoptera:  I saw a specialist and he was so expensive I didn’t want to keep going with it. It was like 500 each visit! Insane And I have insurance. I bet the massaging would help a lot loke the other ladies said. The doctor I saw had one along with some other stuff. It’s so painful sometimes really stinks! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My FI just had jaw surgery 1. to correct his underbite and 2. to eliminate TMJ pain.

He had pain for a week straight prior to surgery, so bad that he couldn’t even sleep.

You should probably go see a oral surgeon for further evaluation.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Lepidoptera:  He was suffering on and off for a while, but it got really bad in december, which is why he had to get surgery, plus his underbite too.

I think if you want to rid of the problem permanently, you should consider surgery, but than again i’m not an expert. Taking pain meds will only be a temp solution.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Lepidoptera:  For me, it was a long process before I locked up. I was sore all  the time, I didn’t change my diet, my dentist told me it would go away and so I just ignored it and took tylenol when it hurt. After months of ignoring the issue, it finally got so bad that I could barely open my mouth

 

It’s good that you are seeking treatment now when the symptoms first start. It’s a lot easier to prevent TMJ problems than it is to treat them.

 

I have been symptom free for almost 2 years now. I still use the tenz at my dentist about once every 2-3 months and I wear my (sexy) night guard every single night.

ETA: By “change my diet” I mean stop doing things that are bad for your jaw like eating big sanwiches, chewing gum or ice, eating tough things like steak or bagels and drinking out of straws (espcially thick things like smoothies or milk shakes.) Try to rest your jaw as much as you can when it hurts. It’s your body telling you to slow down. Stick to easy to chew foods.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Lepidoptera:  try a chiropractor who does active release therapy and massage therapist for TMJ – this can be fixed without drugs, I swear!  My chiro fixed it up for me in about 2 weeks, I went from not being able to open my mouth more than two fingers to complete mobility and no pain.  I go for massage for maintenance to ease up the muscles in my jaw and neck that contribute to pain.

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