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Common symptoms of TMJ ?

I am 24 and last year I was diagnosed with TMJ. No big deal (at least not then), I finally knew what what making my jaw pop. Just over a month ago, I started to hear this hissing noise in my ear every time I laid down. I finally just got use to it but just recently my head, neck, and face feels like it goes numb. My headaches are out of this world and now my tongue feels like it goes numb and almost feels like it is swollen but it is not. I get these strange tingling and numbing sensations all over my face, especially my lips and between my eyebrows. My throat feels tight and I often have tingling/painful arms and fingers. I have noticed that my face and eyes always feel heavy and tired. I will not even tell you how many times I have been to the Dr. thinking something is seriously wrong and thankfully all the test show nothing is wrong...but still no one can tell me what these symptoms are caused from. Unfortunately I do not think my Doctors know much about TMJ to know the full extent of its symptoms and can't tell me tmj causes all of this. As a result of all these crazy symptoms my anxiety has become horrible and I just want to know if anyone else on here has these problems and if they are TMJ related...what really helps to relieve the symptoms? Thanks for taking the time to read this and respond.
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replied September 15th, 2010
Hi
Sorry to hear how much your suffering but unfortunately
your symptoms seem related to TMJ as ive had them myself
and as you already know being anxious dosen't help if you haven't already seen a specialist try to get a referal if nothing else it will reasure you there,s nothing life threatening

Good Luck
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replied September 15th, 2010
I too have had similiar symptoms and more. Jaw pain, neck pain, shoulder, and back pain, pseudo heart attacks, ear ringing, ear clogging, headaches, feeling of an obstruction in the throat or swelling, musacle tension, hypertension(varies), burning sensation in the gums, phantom toothaches from "good" teeth, etc. There are tons of things that can be in relation to TMJD and I feel for you as it is a vicious cyle, Cause and effect. Go see a TMJ specialist, NM dentist with knowledge of jaw functionality, or similiar. If you can't go to either of those due to distance, money or etc try an orthodonist, prtohodonist or similiar.

In the meantime try finding TMJD excercises, take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibroufen, ginger, or similiar(personally I take 600 Ibroufen 3 times a day). Try vitamins such as calcium for bone(although seems to be debated on at times) and magnesium(for muscles). You can try numerous other vitamins if you like as well just do a little search and you may find some beneficial vitamins. Use Ice or Heat on the jaws and any afflicated muscles from your TMJ. If you can get a hold of a ultra-tens or just regular tens machine that can provide a little help in relaxation as well.

As Felixoliver stated as well try not to get anxious as it can cause you to tense up more causing your problems to become worse, then you get even more worried and stressed. Then they become even worse.

You need to determine what caused your TMJ so you can stop the cycle. Did you grind your teeth? That is called bruxism and can cause TMJD. Ever have any dental procedures that could have caused it? An Injury? So you need to find the cause have that corrected depending on what it is by yourself or a professional and also the joint itself. Make sure whomever woorks with your TMJ that they do an MRI or paranomic X-Ray of the jaw joint.

Just so you know alot of regular technicans have issues noticing problems with the joint as they aren't experienced in dealing with such. This is not to cause you more worry but to allow you to understand some may not discover it. This is not to say there are not techs that can discover issues with the joint.

I wish you luck and oh ya if your cause of your TMJ is bruxism(grinding/clenching) try a hard plastic bite guard or nightguard. That might help some as well.
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replied September 15th, 2010
Hello there, I am having same issues for 2 weeks now. My lower jaw feels numb and it makes me gag . I have a feeling that my throat is swollen, but it's not. I've noticed the other night when I was in bed , that I closed my mouth so tight that my teeth were really pressed together, so I am wondering if those symptoms are coming from locking my jaw so tight in sleep. Also during day I am noticing more of the same when I have my mouth closed. I can not help myself not to do it. Could this be stress related? Could I have TMJ?
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replied September 16th, 2010
Hi,

Do you also get ear pains and pulsating in the temple area and a feeling of disorientation?
I've thought about going to a good neuromuscular dentist, but one thing is holding me back and that's the cost and I cant get funding for it, and you cant take out insurance since it's a pre existing condition. It's sods law.
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replied September 16th, 2010
lejlad its very possible, could be due to clenching/grinding. Try taking magnesium and try a night guard. Although it is definately reccomended that you see a dentists as such that I stated above.

Billy H if you are asking me yes have had both. The disorientation I just consider dizziness and with it I get feeling weak and just odd. I agree it can be expensive. You can always try a prothodonist, orthdonist, oral, surgeon and things along those lines although in any case I always suggest calling and see what thier normal procedures is for treating patients with TMJ. Rather they go conservative methods and always make sure they do a proper evaluation of the joints such as send you for paranomic X-Rays or an MRI to check your joints.

Some general dentists may even be able to provide you with some help. Its really just a matter of finding someone with enough expierence and correct treament protocols with a decent knowledge of the condition to treat it.

I wish you all luck. Smile
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replied September 17th, 2010
problem sound similar to my syptoms. There is something wrong. It is a Jaw problem. You could have a torn disc or joint, or it could be dislocated. You should have it fixed, tbh. I am not sure all these remedies that people are talking about and exercises really work. Not exactly sure how a splint would work either.
If you have a torn joint or disc , it probably needs to be repaired and it probably will require surgery.

I had a torn joint in my big toe and I got surgery for it. I imagine the same thing for a torn joint in your jaw.
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replied October 2nd, 2010
You are not alone. Everything you described is exactly TMJ related. Anxiety is a direct result of the constant battle we have with all the complaints.
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