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Old 04-19-2008, 04:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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HI my jaw got stuck about 2 months ago. I am not able to open it all the way. I am a 28 yr old full time student,self employed and I don't have health insurance so I've been doing as much as I can on my own and with therapists I know who do trades/ or partial trade and pay. I have been to a cranio sacralist for 8 sessions now over the past 6 weeks or so. I'm still not able to open my jaw all the way, I'm starting to get desperate to have it heal. I didn't have an accident, but I wonder if it is from clenching my teeth at night? I don't know if I do, but I know I don't grind them. I've researched about it and have been approaching it from many different angles. I had an appt scheduled with a Physical Therapy office that is reknowned for jaw specialization, however, I had to cancel because the man was very strange and rude who scheduled my appt. They kind of have a reputation for being good with jaws but very difficult to work with. It just made me very uncomfortable and it made me feel upset (especially considering I didn't know where else to turn at the time).
Going to the dentist is not an option or and orthodontist as I have called them and they charge thousands of dollars for treatment.Is there anybody who has had this same condition? Can anybody help? Thank you so much!
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Old 04-22-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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Have you looked into TMJ?? Have you tried a bite gaurd at night? I had the problem of my jaw becoming stiff and achy and I couldn't get more than an inch between my teeth and that was shrinking, and I went into the dentist and a doctor and they both said TMJ and asked if I clench/grind at night. I had no idea, but I tried the bite gaurd (12 bucks at drug store) and felt better the next morning. I can't sleep without it now. Still have TMJ symptoms, clicking, dislocation, etc. but the stiffness is gone.

Try it?? It won't hurt, though it takes getting used to and I spit it out a couple times at first but now I don't...
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:04 AM
 
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I highly suggest magnesium (Natural Calm is a good brand), and I have heard there is a link between Zinc deficiency and clenching. I have tmj and the magnesium gives me relief and looking into the zinc to stop night clenching. I clinch so bad the whole underneath of my tongue area is covered in bone growth.
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