I have TMJ and when I chew the pain is really bad, my ENT thinks I could benefit from the Botox Injections, however I tend to have allergic reactions to a lot of medications and am concerned about the Botox for this reason, I'd like to know other peoples experiences with it for TMJ...
Yes, Botox did help my TMJ. You can also get a special mouth piece to be worn at night as well as physical therapy exercises for your TMJ. I would have a special doctor who deals with Botox to give it to you. Allergic reactions are extremely rare with Botox. My doctor who has given them for over 25 years at a highly recognized university medical center, said that he has only seen 2 cases in all the years that he has given them and he gives a lot of them all the time. So I would not worry about an allergic reaction.
TMJ dysfunction - I personally would not recommend Botox for TMJ dysfunction.
Most of the ENT MDs do not treat TMJ. They probably prescribe you with Ibuprofen 600mg 3x a day to reduce the inflammation should it be the case. The 2nd thing you can do is to go to your dentist to order a night guard. Physical therapy can help a lot too.
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