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Tmj & Earache

I've been to my doc with recurring earache, which i've had numerous antibiotics for. Referred to ent specialist who has told me the excruciating ear aches I get is down to tmj. With this diagnosis I realise that the migraines i've suffered with, the bad nights sleep, blocked ear feeling, popping noises in the ear, oh and the clicking jaw sounds are all linked to tmj.
I get really painful (can't describe just how painful !) earaches nearly every day and always around 11am to 12 noon, which also make my neck stiff and painful to turn quickly. Like most people I don't want to rely on tablets for all my pain relief, I am using a warm bag that I heat up in the microwave, whilst I sit at my desk but can anyone recommend some jaw exercises, massage and relaxation techniques I can do at work to help relieve the pain. Also any herbal remedies anyone has found useful.
All help and advice gratefully received.
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First Helper teakie
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replied February 26th, 2006
I also get bad earaches etc , ( worse since an ent decided to clean my ears with a vacuum). It dont stop. Dont have any remedies but I know wat your goin through.
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replied February 27th, 2006
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Sezy,
watch your posture. Are you sitting at a desk or computer or something similar all morning? Check your posture. Your shoulders should be kept back and down as much as possible. Also the same for your chin. Be careful about any slumping.

Check out the following website for good basic information and tmj exercises:

http://www.Nismat.Org/ptcor/tmj/index.Html

you might want to try physical therapy or massage therapy from a good therapist who is trained in tmj. Your microwave bag is good for moist heat. Ice can be helpful also. Are you wearing a bite splint? Again, you might seriously look at getting one from a good tmj bite splint maker.

Unfortunately, there are many pts and mts who are not very good when it comes to tmj. Don't give up if you don't like the first one or two. And a good bite splint should need to be adjusted several times at first and later only occasionally.

Try not to pop the jaw (sounds like the ear popping almost). This popping can cause permanent damage if done too much too long. Occasional popping when opening mouth is not that bad though if there is no pain.

Don't ignore the problem. Though tmj can get better, it also can become a nightmare. Take care of yourself.
Carol
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replied October 21st, 2012
the link above for exercises is not active. Do you have another link maybe? Thanks!
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replied February 27th, 2006
Tmj And Earache
My tmj has become a nightmare since the bad fittin splint which duh me took a week to figure out wat was causing the neck ache etc ( which id never had before) fixed that problem with the splint but the neck ache etc continues. Hate pain pills but................... I cant , not be able to function.
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replied March 14th, 2006
Well I have had some success....

Got a book from amazon "taking control of tmj: your total wellness program for recovering from temporomandibular joint pain"
robert o. Uppgaard;

have started addressing my posture at work, slouching in front of the tv and i'm trying to stop chewing pens. The book gives good jaw relaxing and other exercises which i've started doing too.

Since I started on all of the above and massaging around my ear and the jaw joint each day its just incredible how quickly the pain has subsided !

I've gone from debilitating earaches every morning before lunch that have lasted for hours to perhaps one every week and a half. And when I do get and earache massaging around my ear and jaw make it go away almost instantly... No pain killers... Its so amazing... For some who dont understand the pain they think i'm over exagerating... But it's flippin' marvellous !

Some days I do feel a bit groggy, but life is 300% better since I started this new regime ! I'm able to manage my pain through massage and the pain subsides without pain killers. I just cant express how much better life is without this constant on-going excutiating pain that I was getting each day.

Still waiting for appointment to see oral specialist but I think i'll be telling him whats best for me !!
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replied March 15th, 2006
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That's great! You got a very good book!! I will be interested in what the oral specialist says so keep us updated.

Carol
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replied August 31st, 2006
Thought i'd give an update.... To give a positive update as sometimes we focus on the bad and forget to give the good news !

The oral consultant got me to see my dentist and get a bite guard sorted out. Due to the good old uk nhs systems it's taken a while to get it sorted... And I have to admit I was a little dubious at first. But i've been wearing the guard for over a month now and life is so much better. The pain is now just every now and again which is a huge improvement on this time last year when it was nearly everyday. I have also noticed that the migraines have disappeared and I rarely wake up in the morning sinuses aching and feeling like someone has hit me round the head with a brick !
Now if I forget to put the guard in at night then thats a different story... So its definately making a difference. This together with the massage, exercises and heat when needed has made soooo much difference (just got to work on the stress !)

this time last year I thought there was no hope in sight and the pain was just something I was gonna have to put up with, but - hopefully this is an encouragement for others - things can get better !
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replied August 31st, 2006
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That's great!! It sounds like you are doing everything right! Keep working at reducing your stress level also. :~)

my tmj has been much calmer these last few months also and I basically do the same thing - bite splint at night, massage therapy, exercises and heat. I also watch my posture and what I eat (nothing hard or chewy). I reduced my stress by changing jobs at work in january (smart move).

Again, great!!!!!!
Carol
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replied September 1st, 2009
I have Tmj as well. I get headaches on the left side mainly and sutffy ear, stiff neck,. etc. I heard that if you put garlic oil in your ear, just a drop when it hurts, it relieves the pain right away
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replied December 27th, 2009
TMJ and chiropractor?
I have had very mild TJM for years but the other day while eating my jaw locked very painfully and did not want to close. Finally after easing it slowly it did, but the next morning I awoke to find my grinders did not meet and I was unable to chew. It was much more affected on the side that locked the day before, and is getting back to normal but I have constant grating when I chew even soft stuff and pain that radiates both above my jaw and down my neck. I have incessant popping in my ear and the earaches let up now and then. Should I see someone? Has anyone tried a chiropractor?
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replied January 2nd, 2010
i hope sezy can help...
oh god..i really dont know what to do sezy....i am really suffering like you are...when my year blocks, it gives me a terrible pain,( i almost cry), and when my ear opens, then also, it gives a terrible pain..i have neck aches,jaw problem, from morning..i went on net, to find some good remedies..but got none...i hope my ear and your ear gets alright...but sezy, does this pain last forever????
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replied April 27th, 2012
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I was just diagnosed with TMJ and referred to an ENT. I made the ENT appointment and in the meantime went to my Chiropractor for my usual adjustment. I mentioned it to him and he said "I can fix that." And..... he did. One adjustment and the excruciating earache was gone. I called the next morning and cancelled the ENT appt.
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replied June 23rd, 2012
teakie -- who is your chiropractor, i would love to hear more about what symptoms you had
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replied September 21st, 2012
Hello there, this is a very, very late reply. But just wanted to say, that if you're looking for some simple home earache remedies, there are many available on the net.
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replied October 21st, 2012
I found this site after sinus surgery and correcting a sceptal spur did not remove my ear pain. A friend asked if they had ruled out TMJ, and they had not. SO now I am back to searching. My ear feels like it's "Full" but there is no fluid and I was treated for infection and given predinzone until my body reacted with chest pains and every other BAD effect of the medication. The ent ran multiple tests and ruled out infection and thought removing the spur would help. I had "windows" put in my front sinus cavities, too. After the swelling has subsided in there, now the ear pain has resumed. Years ago I was treated for TMJ. My ex husband struck me repeatedly on the left side of my face and broke that ear drum three times in the 20 year marriage. The hearing came back and I haven't been treated and didn't have money to get a new splint years ago, so I stopped using one. When the ear pain started, I never associated it with the TMJ, but now I see how it would make perfect sense. I also was a pedestrian and hit by a car in 2000 after I left him. My face broke off the driver's side mirror. Later the following week, they set my nose, but no one treated the sceptal spur. I am fortunate to have survived this, but now I am so discouraged that the ear pain is back. Some of the tips here are very helpful, so thank you all. Janelle
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replied August 1st, 2013
See a chiropractor, you may have TMJ/TJMD (same thing) I had it for 2 years, along with nasal/ear/Eustachian tube dysfuntion. I tried lots of different therapies and then saw a chiropractor who cured me completely! I never thought it would be possible after 2 years but it was and it has changed my life.
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