Patient Comments: TMJ - Treatment

What treatment have you had for TMJ?

Comment from: lsofr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

After many years without pain, my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) resurfaced about 3 months ago and is giving me a fit. It only involves my left jaw this time, but is terribly painful. A couple of days ago the lymph node behind my ear became painful and swollen. My dentist told me to take 2 ibuprofen 3 to 4 times a day, and I am also taking a stronger pain medicine, gabapentin and a muscle relaxer for a back injury, but nothing seems to help with the TMJ pain. My dentist has also suggested physical therapy as a first line of treatment, hopefully to avoid surgery. Now with the lymph node involvement I'm not sure it is just TMJ.

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Comment from: WorkinToPlay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

The chiropractor adjusted out my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and all was well again.

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Comment from: vs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I went to my first orthodontist when I was 6 years old. I wore braces and headgear for 5 years. I had 3 mm of bone removed from my top jaw and the lower jaw broken and reset in two places. I also had a chin constructed to give my lips closure. This helped with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) pain for many years but it is deteriorating. I was told by doctors at the time that I would probably have to have it all reconstructed one day. I have no cartilage in the jaw joint, just bone wearing down bone. Never have I ever rested with my teeth together. They simply don't match or feel right doing that. A doctor told me my muscles feel like a rubber band that has been stretched out for too long and has lost its snap. Two of them came in to marvel at the directions they are in like I was a carnival freak. Ring and pinky stay numb on both hands.

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Comment from: susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Ultrasound given by a physical therapist works wonders for jaw pain from TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I also use the Alpha-Stim 100. You can find information on this device online.

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Comment from: Jrox, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

Get your testosterone checked! I have TMJ but my testosterone levels were at a 0.8 when they should be between 40 and 50 and testosterone helps with muscles and a whole lot of other things; however there is a linkage between low testosterone and TMJ... I"m so excited to give testosterone pellet therapy a try to help get rid of TMJ!

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Comment from: ouch, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

About 6 years ago, I got my wisdom teeth out and after that, my jaw started popping/clicking. It was just annoying and loud, but rarely caused pain. Then, 3 years ago, I got dental work done and since then it has been awful. Sometimes I can't open my mouth or eat solid foods. About 85 percent of the time I am in pain. I get lucky and I have a good day here and there. My jaw aches. My right ear is clogged 24/7 and it has shooting pain. It hurts to talk. It is awful. I finally found a dentist and oral surgeon who work together, to find a solution for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). They take it seriously and are going to do everything they can so I don't have to have surgery. I am getting a guard in my mouth tomorrow to wear 24/7. They said I might have to have braces to realign my bite. The x-ray or whatever that they took of my joints looks awful. I am just glad to have met people who take it seriously and know what they are talking about. Ibuprofen and all that doesn't work. It is so painful.

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Comment from: MOF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Decades ago, I gave up. I was diagnosed with TMJ around 1977 (I was a teen, and I think that is the right year), went to a TMJ specialist who fitted me with an appliance and kept adding more to it each time I went. Although I had no bite when it was out, I also had no relief. When we moved from that area, the dentist was pretty horrified that I had no bite. So off to an orthodontist. I also saw an oral surgeon in there some time, who had more imaging of my TM joint. No help. We tried biofeedback. Nada. I tried progressive relaxation (guided), and no help. I even tried acupuncture. At this point, I was in college, and pretty much gave up. Back then, I had many good days that I didn"t really hurt, and flare ups that were bad. Now, I have daily pain, can"t remember the last time I had no pain. In January, I started getting daily sharp pain with inhalation - trust me, not fun. And not a typical TMJ symptom. When I went for a physical about 6 weeks later, I mentioned it, and got referred to a neurologist. He has me on gabapentin right now - I think it has helped with that specific pain, but not the chronic ear/jaw pain I have. He just upped the dose, to see if that helps. At least he is trying. But man, whatever it really is, I wish we could figure out the right treatment. It stinks having constant pain of varying degrees. It affects my concentration and energy level. And is just a bit of a drag.

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