|Thanks for all the information.
I think its good I learned about TMJ but I wonder if I am making the symptoms worse thinking about it so much now.
I live in Downingtown PA.
Are you aware of a good TMJ specialist in this area?
|I went back to my chiropractor and he said he doesn't think my tmj was injured during the accident because I would have had more symptoms. He said to wait and see if the symptoms go away for now. He looked at my jaw and said it was out of alignment so he aligned that.
Here is my list of symptoms-
popping or clicking sounds in my left tmj everytime I make a swallowing motion in my throat.
My left ear feels like it needs to pop all the time.
Sometimes pressure in my left temple.
I noticed that when I wake up in the morning my jaw is a little sore.
But I can fit 3 fingers inside my mouth and opening and closing my mouth doesn't cause clicking or popping. The popping occurs from making a swallowing motion in my throat.
Does this sound like part of the whiplash injury and should just clear itself up as the whiplash injury heals?
|Okay I scheduled an appointment with a Neuromuscular Dentist. I have an accident claim because I was rear-ended and the other insurance company admitted fault. I'm not sure if a TMJ injury will result in some sort of conflict here with them not wanting to pay. But health and life enjoyment are more important than money...I think. I started doing spring forest qigong to help with relaxing.
I also ordered
Taking Control of Tmj: Your Total Wellness Program for Recovering from Tempromandibular Joint Pain, Whiplash, Fibromyalgia, and Related Disorders
Eliminate TMJ and Teeth Grinding
Thanks for your help. I just hope this dentist doesn't do anything to make it worse by accident because right now it is not that bad but I just worry about it progressing to some of the horror stories I have read about from others.
|Thursday I start physical therapy to rehab my neck. I don't see the Neuromuscular Dentist untill next week.
I read that if you have a TMJ injury you should not have next traction performed until you have treated the TMJ injury. Is this correct? Also is there anything else I should avoid in physical therapy?
|Okay I will see how they feel about that. I think that would be cool if If I could get them to do that.
Thanks for all your help. This whole car accident thing has been an eye opening experience. I learned that whiplash/associated injuries are the real deal and we have a long way to go to really provide people with what they need to recover fully. I wish I knew what I knew now 3 months ago so I could have gotten a jump on this thing but I am hopeful that since I didn't wait years to try and take care of it I can fully recover. If anyone I know gets hit from behind I will let them know to take it seriously and not to take any chances.
|Some of the things I got out of "Taking control of TMJ" seemed to help a lot. The headaches went away and fatigue decreased.
Unfortunately I just got back from the chiropractor. My ear was slightly full when I got in and I told him about it. He looked at it and did something with my neck and now my ear is about 3 times as full and the trap muscle is really tight. Hopefully physical therapy will go better today.