Last Summer I was playing baseball, and I somehow wound up getting hit in the jaw. All that it caused was a bit of swelling, which went away within a couple days. All is well for months, until one day I wake up and the left side of my jaw has begun to "pop". As I didn't know what it was at the time, I began to move my jaw around to see if it would continue, and it did. So I just kept doing it, which eventually just aggravated it even more and caused it to become louder.
I soon realized that was a bad thing, so I tried to stop. Problem was, sometimes in the morning when I woke up, my entire left jaw would be locked. I would only be able to open it up no more than an inch, as the strain was so harsh I was scared to do it any more. After moving my jaw with my hands for a bit, I was able to sort it out. Fortunately, that hasn't happened too often.
Not long after that, I was enjoying a particularly firm meal, when all of a sudden I hear a large *POP*. I lose the ability to open my jaw properly, as it seems to have become locked. Pain. Lots of pain. I am not able to open my jaw without pain. Chewing is certainly no longer an option. Well, stupidly enough I don't go to a doctor and just ride it out for the next couple days. If I moved it around in a certain way, I would be to open it slightly, but that was it. After about a week of pain and jaw lock, it eventually went back to the original small popping. Though I noticed one difference. My teeth were slightly misaligned to the side on my lower jaw. That last bit happened about a month ago.
Being that there is no pain, nor any kind of headaches or discomfort, it really isn't that big of an issue. It's really just slightly scary for my jaw to pop, even if it is very slightly, and to see my lower jaw misaligned. I was wondering if there was perhaps a way to correct this? I have read about jaw splints, but some people say they aren't too effective, and they are also quite expensive.
Any kind of help, exercises, information, whatever, would be greatly appreciated.
I had tmj for three, but it started when my jaw got an elbow while playing basketball 7 year agoes. Every TMJ case is different. mine is probably different than urs. but still it similar. I know that biting teeth together at night would made the condition worse, and the pop and clicking condition is so unfortunely but you have to try to live with it.
I feel like the body will heal itself more or less so i dont suggest you to seek some unnatural change to ur jaw by surgery for example,. if u read all the other ppl case who have up to 6 operation and did so much to hope to fix the tmj but only make it worse for them. From what i read ur story you still have your right tmj in good condition right. you take it easy on using ur jaw. because having both jaw screw up is even worse.
the splints i have it too. I used to it becasue at night i grind my teeth a lot so it help me from deterorating my teeth. it also keep my teeth from touching each other so i think help to relax your jaw.
in conclusion, i hope you feel better and get back to do things you enjoy again and forget about the tmj.
exercises would help
also i try to find something to do to stay away from depression
u are still queit lucky because many ppl have many pain and other problem cause by the tmj such hearing or vision loss and stuff
so take it easy.
CrashingCarabiner, it definitely sounds as if you need to get a good splint, to keep your jaws aligned. Constant misalignment will cause further damage to your condyles, etc. Otherwise, the wear and tear will just accumulate.