Thanks for reading this . I went to see a tmj specialist in toronto the other day and am wondering if I should get a second opinion.
For the past 3-4 years I've had a tension headache around my forehead area. Also, the past four months or so I've also had chronic mild dizziness that lasts pretty well all day. Visually, you can see that my upper jaw is slightly imbalanced (the right side is higher than the left and pops when I open my mouth). I also get pain in my neck and hips which I think are related to the jaw being unbalanced.
Anyway, I went to see a tmj specialist in toronto, and she told me that there is no evidence that jaw placement causes symptoms like headaches and dizzinness and that my headaches aren't related. She said I should focus on not grinding my teeth and should take Yoga to keep relaxed. She also said not to use my NTI appliace as it will just cause more problems.
What do you guys think? Has anyone gotten jaw surgery for a jaw imbalance and gotten relief of their symptoms because of it??
i think she is right. Surgery is the last option that you go to. you try all conservative methods first. I think what you should do is go to a chiropractor. it would help with the headaches and the jaw. you can practice keeping your teeth slightly apart and your tounge to the roof of the mouth during the day and it will be come a habit at night as well. that helped me with the grinding. reduce your stress as much as possible.
Hey thanks for the reply! I've seen a chiro with no effect on the headaches. Any other suggestions?
Also I don't buy that the visual imbalance and popping is completely unrelated to the headaches, pain, etc.. I mean my right side has the imbalance, is the side that pops and also is the most sore. Kinda seems like a no brainer that it would be related. What do you think?
i do think that it is related in some way ---i think that you should go back to the chiro and go to a neuromuscular dentist at the same time. also change the diet to eat healthier. It may be nutritional as well.
I stopped complaining about my headache about 30 years ago - it only got me in trouble as a kid. Yes I get migraines yes the weather affects me, yes it is more painful or less, yes it is worse in some places than others at dif times. And Yes it hasn't ever gone away - just the intensity changes. Last year I drooped on one side,slurred speech etc - nearest to me dr's thought Stroke, when I finally made the trip to see my own Dr. she said it was a neurological headache - which IS helped by aspalgin.