(Closed) TMJ any other sufferers? What have you done? Need Advice!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Future sister in law has had major TMJ issues throughout her life she’s in her late 20s).  She will be getting braces later this year, as the dentist has told her readjusting her teeth will help alleviate the pressure she feels when eating certain foods. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a muscular tmj issue and they gave me weird exercises to do.  Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and open and close 30 times (not too far open, make sure jaw is straight by putting hands on sides of jaw).  I also think massage helps a little bit.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I’m 6 weeks away from having my braces taken off at 28 yrs old.  My bite being so jacked was a major contributor to my TMJ, however I made the decision to not have surgery.  I was very comfortable with the ‘look’ of my face and the idea of having my jaw surgically widened was not something I was interested in.  Perhaps that sounds vain, but my TMJ was/is not bad enough that I would risk surgery.  After having my braces and now having straight teeth, I feel better.   Yes, I still have TMJ.  Its not nearly as bad, so there has been *some* relief – and that was a result that I personally could live with.

 

Edit: Sarah’s post reminded me of soemthing else.  I do massage my jaw muscles also, and as weird as this sounds, you can ask a LMP to teach you how to massage your jaw muscles, including from the inside of your mouth.  This is something you can do when they are incredibly tense such as after the exercising.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

TMJ runs in my family and my mom and I have had problems on and off for years.  We both clench our jaws at night and this leads to problems during the day.  She swears by wearing a mouth guard, but I can’t sleep with it in.  I find that I am better off trying to sleep on my back. I have also found that making a conscious effort to relax my jaw throughout the day helps.  Basically I slack my jaw almost to the point that my mouth opens and it helps to tilt my head back the slighest bit.  I hate that it is exacerbated by stress!  And then I worry about it which makes me stressed out more and makes the TMJ worse.  🙂

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I’ve recently developed really horrible TMJ. I didn’t realize I had an issue until a few months ago. Apparently, I also clench my teeth at night Rachel! It’s causing me major issues, and my jaw is all out of whack now. My dentist wants to refer me to an oral surgeon, but I’m a little too afraid of surgery. I’ve heard alternating hot and cold compresses helps to relieve the tenderness. I’ve tried the hot by putting the heating pad on my left side of my jaw, and it helps tremendously. It will just loosen it up for me a little so that the pain isn’t as bad. I haven’t tried the cold compresses yet, but I’ve also heard the opening and closing of your mouth exercises help as well.

I didn’t realize I had a lot of stress in my life, but apparently I do!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Massage, heat, soft foods, wearing a split/mouth grind guard in your mouth at night, taking anti-inflammatories, taking muscle relaxers, etc are all supposed to help.

Me, mine flared up in October and now i’m going to an oral maxofillofacial surgeon. It could be that my teeth are misaligned (but i just had a full x-ray done so i doubt it) or a problem in my joints. Stress is often a main cause of it.  Surgeries are definitely a last resort sort of thing. I’m getting crazy annoyed with it. I think my next step (seeing as how a slew of medicines hasn’t helped) is a steroid shot in my jaw. UGH. Gross.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I’ve recently started wearing the mouth guard at night, and that helps too…good suggestion ejs. I’ve also read that surgery is always the last resort type of thing. Anyone know if you let it go (sort of live through the pain so to speak) if it does any permanent damage? That’s the only other thing I’m afraid of. Right now, it’s painful, but bearable, and I’ve made adjustments. But it’s annoying, and really starting to get to me. I’m afraid if I let it go to long, that surgery is the only option.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Are you assuming its TMJ or have you actually been diagnosed? Your first step is to see your dentist for a complete exam…with HIM/HER,not the hygienist. There’s several measurements that are taken as well as several steps in deciding the best course of treatment. Sometimes its an easy fix,and something called full mouth equilibration can be done. Essentially its finding all the high spots on your teeth and adjusting them so you have a more normal bite. Its painless,but usually a necessary step. Have you recently had other dental work and this pain is the result? After the oral surgery did you talk to anyone about the resulting pain? The mouth will try to adjust itself to anything foreign (a filling) and even a slight high spot is enough to set this off. There are so many steps that might be needed to help alleviate your discomfort,but since its getting worse,you need to address it now.

It can cause a lot of damage if left untreated. Many people get relief with bite adjustments,sometimes orthodontics,usually a nightguard to cause your jaw to relax while asleep…….if you are clenching & grinding,you are loosening the fibers that surround and support your teeth which will,in turn,make them loose and potentially even cause some to break. So yes…untreated TMJ can cause permanent damage.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was diagnosed with TMJ in 6th or 7th grade. It’s gotten worse the past few years- financial issues of being on my own and of course- THE WEDDING. Mine is mostly stress related, from clenching at night due to stress. I will talk to someone about the jaw massages! I hope life will get less stressful or I will be able to manage it better… we’ll see. Besides that… I take some advil/tylenol (whatever I have) on particularly bad days. Waiting to get home so I can take some… today is one of those days.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

What kind of specialist? An oral surgeon? There are lots of new options,but usually you can just go on your own and ask for them. There’s been a lot of success lately with Botox injections in the joints,but…you need to see somebody who is skilled and well trained. Just like in every profession, all practitioners aren’t created equal!

If you want, PM me and I’ll see if I can find someone in your area.

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