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Doc said I have TMJ

Mar 02, 2016 9:30 AM

Ouch! This is such a painful hassle! I don't even want to ask what else could be next? Any suggestions to ease the discomfort?

Mar 02, 2016 9:47 AM

So sorry auto... I feel your pain. Praying you will get relief quickly!

Mar 02, 2016 10:10 AM

You can use ice if you can tolerate it. Also try not to clench your jaw or grind your teeth. Sometimes heat on the back of your neck to relax the muscles to make you not clench. Those are the things that sometimes help me. I was just diagnosed 6 months ago when I went to an ENT because of jaw pain and hearing loss. I hope this helps you. {{{Hugs}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 02, 2016 10:52 AM

Thank you Mysisterskeeper! Alwaysinpain - thank you! Has yours gone away yet?

Mar 02, 2016 11:00 AM

Autoimmunerrr, it's not something that "goes away". However, that being said, it CAN be treated. There are mouth guards or splints that you can have made by a dentist to help stop you from clenching and grinding in your sleep. Also, anti inflammatory meds and sometime a pain pill if it gets really bad and gives you a headache. You'll find your triggers. Make sure you don't eat things that cause resistance when you chew, such as bagels. (I'm not saying NEVER have them). If you're having a good day, then you can have one, just cut it into smaller pieces than normal. Oh, and the ENT I went to advised me not to chew gum either...

Mar 02, 2016 11:16 AM

Self massage helps me, as well as being aware of the position of my jaw - teeth clenched, jaw twisted, resting on my tongue, etc.
I have had the night splints, especially the kind that helps to realign the jaws, those really helped once my body adjusted.
I like to massage both the sides in all the little divots, as well as below my ear from behind pulling forward gently.
Also putting one finger on each side of my lower teeth inside my mouth, gently pressing down while trying to close my lower jaw. This resistance exercise can relax the clenched muscles.

NEVER hold your phone between head and shoulder, watch your ergonomics until it becomes automatic. Soft foods on bad days, meds for pain, and tons of self research - you never know what might work for you!

Mar 02, 2016 1:13 PM

My orthodontist made a hard plastic splint I sleep in, for my top teeth. It has helped tremendously. 🙂💕🙏🌼

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