I have been suffering for 5 years with TMJ and just lately my symptoms have got worse:
I suffer from severe headaches, jaw pain, shoulder and neck pain. I also suffer from dizziness and nausea. I live in England and the docotors over here are not interested in treating TMJ as they do not recognise it as a condition, they said I was depressed so perscibed antidepressants, which I have now stopped taking. At the momemt they think I have an inner ear problem, however I know it is all connected with my TMJ after reading this forum.
I am thinking of having hypnosis to try and stop me from clentching my teeth at night and also some healing for the pain. Has anyone had any success with these treatments?
Also could anyone recommend an alternative treatment which has helped them?
If anyone has any advice I would be grateful as these symptoms are driving me crazy and sometimes the docotrs make me think I am going mad.
I have something that you could try. Most people that have no clue about tmd think that its all in our heads. that is baloney and dont let them make you think you are nuts. I know that i have been to doctors that didnt want to treat me. now i have a team of doctors that treat me an i no longer have tmj pain. get a hold of me by pm or email and we will talk
in the mean time try using heat and ice.I prefer heat --but that is just me. also if you are in a ton of pain and cant take it any more take 4 ibuprophen (do you have that in england?) with water and food.
yes, it really is all in our heads -- simply because our jaws are in our heads, LOL.
I'm very happy to have found this site, as I have all these symptoms and they have recently become worse - dizzyness, more floaters in eyes etc. I also feel like everyone just thinks I'm a hyperchondriac, and I try to shut up about my pain when with others but actually I just need to talk about it.
I had a cold last week and hence couldn't breathe through my nose, so my mouth was open the whole night -- didn't have any pain symptoms during that time!!! so I was very sad to see my blocked nose clear up, as horrible as the cold was and as dry as my mouth was in the middle of the night, it was so much better to have no pain the next day! So guess a gum-guard is the way forward. I'd put a peg on my nose if I could ... Anyway, I've been reading up on a site that mentions chinese treatments, and they reckon that grinding jaw problems has to do with an imbalance in the liver, as well as kidneys, and they describe certain vitamins to take to get it back into balance. I have not tried it yet, but it seems to make sense. -- ,