Does anyone have TMJ? If so, how do they deal with it?

  • Johnnyhuu

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    Jun 12, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    I'm just having problems because I just feel hopely. I feel like I'm going to slowly lose my ability to talk...
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    Jun 12, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:18 AM GMT
    TMJ will not make you lose your voice since the voicebox is not affected. Instead, it affects your cartilage of your jaw. Eating will be a challenge especially with crunchy food and big sandwiches.. I have TMJ and I went to a physical therapist for my problem. Unless you have surgery for it, the condition doesn't go away. But with physical therapy, the condition becomes manageable.
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    Yes. It appeared when I was around 16 and never went away.

    I don't really have the patience for a night guard, so I'm probably screwed for life.

    Caffeine and alcohol seem to make it worse (unfortunately both are otherwise so pleasant)
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    Sep 22, 2013 1:01 PM GMT
    I have TMJ caused by 40 years of grinding. Finally, the cartilage on one side slipped out of place so the jaw locked shut. In part, years of going to dentists and having them make my mouth splint (improperly it turned out) made the problem worse. (Physical therapy did not help in my case.) You should see a TMJ specialist. In general, surgery is not performed as often as it use to be (artificial joints for TMJ proved to be a disaster for those who tried it); it might work, but you might need to simply get a good splint made by a specialist, physical therapy might help, you might need braces or you might need occlusion equilibrium. All these treatments can be expensive and insurance may not pay too much. The TMJ doc will do a cat scan to see exactly what is causing the problem - it could be arthritis, it could be a bone, cartilage, it could be the bite or perhaps it is muscular. You might try a dental school if you can't find a doc. From everything I have learned, if this is caught early, it is manageable; don't wait like I did. It is even worse if you have "soft" teeth. Untreated, not only will the TMJ get worse, but you will find your teeth will start to crack and you will need crowns.
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 22, 2013 1:36 PM GMT
    Echo the "see a specialist" comments. We have a good friend who suddenly contracted TMJ and fought it to the point the pain crippled her until she finally went to a specialist. Through a combination of treatments (including meds she didn't want to take but ended up agreeing to), it's now manageable. But for a while there she was completely incapacitated because she'd not done what needed to be done.
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    Almost everyone has TMJ (temporomandibular joint). TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder; an out-of-date term) is a multifactorial disorder as muscles, joint, teeth & nerves can be affected. Consulting a dental specialist (usually an oral pathologist [sometimes a prosthodontist] with specialized training) is the best way to proceeded.
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    I'm just starting to develop this, a few years later than my late Mother did. It's in the early stages, and when I begin feeling the jaw popping I just stop doing anything with it, even if it means not finishing a meal, or talking for a while (much to the relief of many people).

    I recall she saw some specialists, and I think had dental work to fix some bite misalignment issues. But it never went away, and I don't believe she had any surgery on the joint itself. She may have worn an orthodontic appliance for a while (I was away in the Army, late 1970s and 80s when this developed, seldom saw her).
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    Sep 22, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    My TMJ was aggravated by the standard cheap pillow that didn't give me neck support as I slept. Switched to a pillow specifically molded with neck support and the problem went away on its own. Note that I end up sleeping on my side.

    I know they're expensive. But, they solved my problem.

    http://www.tempurpedic.com/Contoured-Pillows/Tempur-Pedic-TEMPUR-Neck-Pillow.asp

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    Sep 22, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidAlmost everyone has TMJ (temporomandibular joint). TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder; an out-of-date term) is a multifactorial disorder as muscles, joint, teeth & nerves can be affected. Consulting a dental specialist (usually an oral pathologist [sometimes a prosthodontist] with specialized training) is the best way to proceeded.


    ^ i was about to say the same thing that everyone has one (technically 2) :p
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    Oct 14, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    I think I may have TMJ. I hear my jaws grinding and I get headaches. My bones and my skull feel dull and they ache like it is bruised. Do you guys feel like that? I am going to see the doctor tomorrow.
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    Oct 15, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    As you can see from these posts, while TMJ is not unusual, the cause can vary as can the treatment. Your doctor should listen to your jaw, feel your jaw as it opens and closes, measure the range of motion and touch and press on it to see if there is pain. He or she should also measure the bite to see if it is even. Even a simple filling or a crown can throw off your entire bite.

    A CT scan is common. If your doctor can't do this in the office, that to me indicates they don't treat it often enough.

    Many doctors underestimate the significance of TMJ. Left untreated, you could end up eating through a straw.
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    Oct 15, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    I got punched in the jaw on Saturday, woke up very sore with limited range of motion, couldn't eat solid foods, and still largely can't without some discomfort.

    I just so happen to have a dentist's appointment tomorrow so I'm hoping I can go in and get xrays without having to go to the hospital...
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    Oct 15, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
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    My dentist informed me I had TMJ when I was a teenager. He showed me a simple exercise to do and it's helped me ever since. With your mouth closed (but teeth not quite touching), slowly jut your lower jaw forward. (Think of that alien just before he attacked Sigourney Weaver.) Slowly do this a few times, performing two to three times a day. Don't do it too much because it can make it worse. It make take a couple of days before you feel improvement.
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    Oct 19, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    See a PT specialized in TMJ disorders. Better if intervention is earlier. Different things may contribute to TMD-type pain: articular disc, muscular imbalances, joint malalignment, etc.

    We get really personal though, with our fingers in the mouth to help with the pain. We can also give you different exercises and precautions to help manage TMD. icon_wink.gif