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So confused...if its not TMJ then what is it??

Ok-so two weeks ago i woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating jaw pain...i could not go back to sleep and from that day on i've had jaw pain everyday and headaches. On some days it even hurts to open my mouth and I noticed one day when i was talking my jaw started squeaking , it sounded as if bone was rubbing on bone, but then it went away. My fiancee has been noticing in my sleep ive been grinding my teeth really loud.

So I went to a TMJ specialist a week ago and he said the signs are pointing to TMJ but he needs a CAT scan to confirm it, but i didnt have the money to pay for it. Then just yesterday i decided to go to a regular dentist and he took an xray of all my teeth and jaw. He said he does not see any joint problem in my xray and does not think it's TMJ, he thinks it's my teeth causing the pain. I've had some bad dental work done and all of it needs to be done over. So i felt relieved that it was just my teeth causing me pain since my dad said he would help me pay for the work.

Then after my appointment i had a couples massage scheduled with my fiancee. After the massage the woman said i should be concerned because my jaw is shifting and unstable and whenever she massages around my neck/ear area my jaw moves from side to side. What could possibly be going on with my jaw? I have a feeling it is not my teeth as i have not had ANY tooth pain. Any suggestions?
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replied July 7th, 2016
i know how you feal, went to bed one night everything fealt fine. woke up the next day my neck and jaw elbows shoulders thumbs and right knee cracks and crunches with extreme pain. ive had CT Scans of my head and neck so far and was told my TMJ's is unremarkable and just fine. then was told i have major arthritis in the neck but nothing to worry about. well heck that doesn't explain the situation or why 90% of the time my head is completely numb or why the atlantoaxial joint is damaged the way it is in such a advanced stage with no prior symptoms. ive changed insurance. hopefully in time my new doctors will take this more seriously than my old doctors.
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replied July 12th, 2016
I am sorry that you are in so much pain, A tip for preventing teeth grinding includes things like sleeping on your back and asking your dentist about getting an night guard. There is another list of causes of TMJ that you can take a look at on this web page.

Hope this helps purpleroses25!
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