... horrible pain and tension, countless specialists and tests performed by evey doctor from neurosurgeons to othropedic surgeons to psychiatrists, I finally have an answer. Moreover, I have severe anxiety which intensifies the severity. The Oral surgeon sent me on my way with a 500.oo mouth piece that is sopposed to help and I wear it religiously. It's been 3 weeks and I'm not feeling a bit better... I wondered about Valium and if it would help. I read it not only helps relieve the tension but also helps with the spasms. It is easy for the doctors to say you just need to relax your jaw muscles and be mindful of teeth grinding but it's beginning to feel hopeless. What is it that evryone else does to help this condition? Has anyone out there completely cured and if you are out there, please let me know what I can do, besides popping ibpropen every 2 hours and laying around on ice and heating bags all day.
My daugher was diagnosed with TMJ and also prescribed a very expensive night guard that did not help. In fact, she felt it made her pain worse because she was aware of the device and stressed about wearing it. Besides taking Advil and/or Tylenol, she finally found relief when she enrolled in Yoga and Stress Management classes. Since taking these classes her pain has been reduced by about 95%.
A friend of mine also diagnosed with TMJ was treated with physical therapy. Different modalities were done such as ultrasound treatment, jaw exercises, and hot and cold packs. I believe she said the hot packs worked better because it relaxed the jaw and surrounding muscles. Tens (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) may also help. Best of luck to you in finding relief.
I was diagnosed with TMJ in my right jaw when i was 15 and I am now 21. In June of this year i was diagnosed with it in my left jaw. I went to the oral surgeon yesterday because i need my wisdom teeth out. He prescribed flexeril and naproxen for the TMJ. He also referred me to specialists. I was diagnosed with migraines this past march and the TMJ could be a problem. I read on one of the specialists sites that they use a treatment called NTI-tss which is similar to the usual TMJ mouthguard but its on the front teeth only. This link is about the treatment, I'm thinking about trying it. The specialist is in cleveland but maybe tmj neuromuscular dentists in your area are familiar with the procedure.
I have had TMJ for the past 8 years, and just like you, I had to go through so many different doctors & specialists before I found a doctor that finally realized it was TMJ. I actually had tmj surgery about 5 years ago and luckily my insurance covered the entire cost becuase it probably helped for about 1 year. All my oral surgeon did (and from what he said they only can do) was clean out the jaw joints and removed any cartilage debris around the areas. You would think by now, if your cartilage is worn out due to the grinding and constant pressure, they can add cartilage in you jaw joints like they do in knees, etc. but every specialist I went to said they don't do that "yet". Anyway, after the surgery, they wanted me to get the mouth guard and it was going to be $500. I couldn't see spending this much money for that so I went to the local drugstore (CVS or Walgreens) and bought one there and it was like $40.
I molded it to fit my teeth and I used that for about 4 years after. The pain never went away but the grinding and pressure stopped. I'm sure the $500 is more effective (I would hope so anyway) than the $40 one but to me, it served the same purpose. I've also been taking the muscle relaxant Soma 350mg for about 7 years. That is the ONLY prescription, whether it be pain pills or other muscle relaxants) that actually helps relieve my pain. Every other pain pill/muscle relaxant never did a darn thing except cost me my co-pay for the different kinds I tried. The only bad thing with Soma is it's highly addictive and that's something I'm sure I'll have to deal with whenver I can stop taking them but for now, they say there's nothing else to help my pain and another surgery would be pointless, so I keep taking the Soma 350mg 3-4 tmes per day. Luckily I live in Las Vegas where there's no humidity & rain but when I go back to NJ to visit and the weather is bad, the pain kicks in more and I end up taking more than what I'm prescribed to take each day. I know it's not good to do and I know the risks of doing that, but being 33 years old and in this much pain, if that's what works and that's what I'm stuck doing, then I don't have a choise. You may want to try the Soma though and depending on your pain level, you may not need up to 4 pills per day and if you take 1 before bed, you will sleep much better because the pills relieve the pain & pressure of TMJ. A LOT of doctors hesitate to give you this because of it's addictive nature but (and this is only me speaking for myself) if yours won't give you any, go to the next doctor, and so on until you find one that does. My doctor is great and her and her husband have their own practice and she knows the risks but she always has me come in every 3 months to check myself out and every 6 months does a complete blood test to make sure my kidneys and all are fine and nothing is out of the normal. So with my short novel, I hope this helps you and if you have any questions or whatever, feel free to write. Good luck and just know you're not alone in this because trust me, I would rather have the flu every day rather than TMJ.
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