(Closed) TMJ. Anyone have it?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have it. That sounds a lot like TMJ. Mine usually isn’t too bad, but I’ve recently had foot surgery and have been sleeping wonky due to pain/pain medicines. When I wake up, I won’t be able to open my mouth all the way, and if I force it, I’ll hear a really loud click and feel immense pain. Mine also only occurs on one side of my jaw.

I actually discovered mine in a weird way. I was having really bad pains whenever I wore in-ear headphones. After a general doctor and an ENT tried various things, I was referred to a “Facial Pain and Dental Sleep” doctor (no idea what those are called). He diagnosed me. He told me to wear a night guard and take a muscle relaxer every day, but the night guard was uncomfortable and I’m not a fan of ‘unnecessary’ medicine. So I guess I kinda do it to myself lol. But it really isn’t that bad for me expect when I sleep in a weird position.

Going to your dentist is definitely a good idea! Other than that, I don’t have much advice haha, sorry!! Good luck and I hope you get it figured out!

Post # 4
2202 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ThinkingOutLoud:  this sleepy lady is about to fall alseep so I will make it quick! Don’t want to loose this thread, I had major TMJ issues, was on anti inflammatory drugs & painkillers. The ONLY thing that made it better was going to my dentist and getting fitted with a nigh guard that I wear while sleeping. Seriously changed my life!! 3 years later never had an issue since getting it! Hope. Your dentist appt goes well, my issue was clenching & grinding my teeth while I slept & I had no idea I was doing it. Best of luck to you!! Feel free to ask any questions if you have any, I will check back in the AM . But for now ZzzZzzz….. 🙂 -also totally wearing the night guard while typing this-

Post # 5
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

See a massage therapist.  Tension in the neck and shoulders are HUGE contributers to TMJD.  Also, you can find therapists who are able to treat TMJD by working the muscles in your jaw. Ideally you will want to find one who will put on a glove and work from inside the mouth.  Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but it can provide you with a lot of relief, and it’s a lot more natural than taking muscle relaxers, (yikes!).  

ETA: Definitely see your dentist as well like PPs suggested, so you can be fitted for a mouth guard if you’re grinding your teeth, (the dentist should be able to tell by examining your teeth if you’re grinding or not).  

Post # 6
1781 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No TMJ here but I do grind my teeth constantly when I sleep. I second what others have said about seeing your dentist and getting a custom fitted mouth guard. Also, I find it easier to wear mine if I soften it a little by running hot water over it for a minute before bedtime. Good luck!!

Post # 8
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have it. I have a mouthguard and for the past 7 years that has been sufficient, but for like the past eight months or so the pain/tension has gotten a lot worse. My dentist has referred me to a TMJ specialist and I’m making an appointment soon. So hopefully he’ll have some solutions!

Post # 12
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My SO has it, and his only symptoms are his jaw popping/unhinging then relocating when he yawns. It freaks me the fuck out though, hahaha. I’m sorry you’re having symptoms 🙁 I feel like your dentist has no right to tell you when to get a night guard…if you’re willing to pay for it, you should get one! Tell him you’re uninterested in taking meds the rest of your life…

Post # 14
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ThinkingOutLoud:  Mine is only on one side and it’s usually just a click, sometimes I have to move my jaw around to get it to open. It really freaks FI out when it happens but he’s learned to ignore it now. Rarely does it “get stuck” or hurt but it used to. I started getting it back in high school, didn’t know what it was and never told my parents. It used to hurt pretty bad then but now, not so much. I tried the night guard thing on my own but it’s hard enough for me to sleep by itself. I’ve heard great things about massage though.

Post # 15
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Miss Apricot: Second this advice. Massage, stretching and heat have only ever helped my TMJ issues.


Post # 16
5755 posts
Bee Keeper

@ThinkingOutLoud:  As a last resort and he offered no solutions? You have got to be kidding. Bad day or not, he at least owes you an explanation and some help… or I’d go elsewhere.

Did he have you open and close several times and have his fingers on the joints by your ears? Did he examine your teeth for signs of wear facets or use a red or blue paper and have you bite on it and slide your jaw back and forth? Did he check your teeth for any movement in them by pushing on them front to back gently with the handles of 2 instruments? If not, he didn’t even check what is going on and that’s the least you deserved.

Have you had any recent dental work (in the last 6 months to a year)? Sometimes there will be a high spot remaining after a filling, and the body naturally reacts to it and tries to adjust the height difference while you’re sleeping. Clenching and grinding are 2 very apparent signs of either physical or emotional stress, and need to be addressed. The dentist will usually do some equilibration first (shaping and or contouring any high spots in your mouth), and give that a chance to help quiet down the muscle/joint strain. They may also then take impressons and fit you with a nightguard. If you wear a retainer, how long ago did you finish your orthodontic treatment? The ortho could also help you out, since he, in fact, changed your bite. Check with him as well.

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