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16 year old with severe chronic TMJ

I have been in pain for a year and a half now. Please, any one read this i will take any one's advice.

October of 2009 my life began to get really stressful, i also had braces as well. I Woke up one morning and my jaw wouldn't open the whole way. It happened again three other times until i just couldn't open my mouth the entire way at all. I would have to push my jaw to the left so my right side of my jaw would open. I have recieved, mri's, catscans, i have a tmj splint, my braces have been off for over a year. I go to a massage therapist weekly. I've cut out all hard and chewy foods from my diet. I'm even prescribed a low does of flexerol(5mg) when my jaw hurts a lot. Nothing seems to be helping. I just want anyones advice please.
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replied May 29th, 2010
Like LVIDentist suggested above, I would suggest going to a dentist who specializes in TMJ and have him make you a bite piece or another solution. I was, and to a small extent, have been suffering for the past 2-3 years (I'm only an 18 y.o. male btw), and I decided that enough was enough. I had braces, my wisdom teeth extracted and I clench my teeth at night from thinking too much. I had lost a lot of bone as well in my jaw, so that was a whole new frontier to tackle. Anyways, the first thing I did was get prolotherapy to my jaw and neck regions about two times each (it is fairly expensive but well worth it, if you can find a practitioner in your area). That not only heals the area(s), but makes them stronger. Secondly, I got my bite splint that I wear all day now because I have a maloclussion, and that seriously exacerbates TMJ. I was a little hesitant at first because I had a splint previously which made things worse, and another splint was expensive, but I realized that the only problem with my previous splint was that the practitioner didn't fit it right, as he wasn't a TMJ specialist. So make sure that it's from a TMJ dentist! The next step I took was changing my diet, avoid all fast and processed foods to the best of your ability, and any drugs and stimulants (including pain medication if possible, and caffeine and processed sugar of course). You can switch to stevia and barley drink, which are much like sugar and coffee respectively Smile. I would also recommend going to a nutritionist, I went to a practitioner under Dr. Bob Marshall who sold Premier Research Labs supplements and that has helped me immensely. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, find a way to stop the stress. I've been practicing Sahaja meditation for almost 2 months now, and when I came in I could hardly talk, I was living in my head, had more fears than you could count on your hands, and I could go on and on lol. I still have problems I need to fix no doubt, but I've grown so much spiritually with the practice and I'm starting to feel so much better physically that I do not identify with TMJ anymore! The journey I have gone through hasn't been easy, and it probably won't lighten up, but if you want to get out of pain, well you gotta take drastic measures! If you have any question feel free to write me back. Good luck!
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replied March 10th, 2013
TMJ/TMD Pain
I am a 44 year old male with TMJ/TMD issues. I have been suffering with it for almost 20 years now. I have tried everything known to man to relieve my pain. By March of 2007 both right and left joints were bone on bone. There was nothing left of the disks in my joints.The one thing I can say for sure is DO NOT I repeat DO NOT have surgery done to correct your TMJ unless its the only option left and I still wouldn't do it. I did have the disks rebuilt on both sides and I still didn't get relief. If you have TMJ pain you understand how intense and debilitating it can be. I also ended up with severe depression and it cost me my marriage of 22 years. In my research I have found that 9 times out of 10 surgery will not work and in some cases it may even make it worse. One maxillofacial surgeon told me that its one of the most technical and difficult joints to work on. The only item that has given me any relief is my splint. If its made correctly it will give you some relief. I have been following TMJ treatments for the last 15 years and found that there is no treatment for TMJ. What I suggest is if you happen to stumble on something that works for you keep doing it. I like to meditate before I go to bed because mornings are the worst for me. I clench at night and meditating seems to lower my stress levels at night. When I was married my wife would massage my scalp and that helped a lot with the pain. Like I said if it works for you keep doing it. I wish you good luck in finding relief and remember others can't feel your pain so bare with them if they don't understand.
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