I was diagnosed with TMJ today and am in so much pain. The pain feels like it is in my ears but the ENT said it is not. WIll see the chiro this week but wondering if anyone has any ideas, input or experiences. OUCH.
make sure your chiro has experience with tmj therapy. a good chiro will tell you up front if he expects he will be able to help you, and how quickly your body will begin to respond.<br><br>
may you feel better quickly, mama. it sucks to be in pain for that long!
I saw a maxiofacial surgeon, ENT & someone else - can't recall, but anyway, the chiro was who FINALLY provided relief!<br><br>
TMJ affects my ears as well. The muscles around my jaw get inflamed & put pressure on my eustachian tubes, causing hearing trouble & at times, vertigo-like feelings. Enough to drive ya batty. Find a chiro who does cranio-sacral work & yes, one who frequenntly sees patients with TMJ Disorder.<br><br>
Ultimately, stress was the key factor for me. What makes it worse: having my mouth open for long periods of time like at the dentist (or, uh, other things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, stress, which causes me to clench & grind (I have a custom nightguard that I also wear when I mow the lawn, because I always clench then), wearing my baby on my back (have to wear him on the front up really high & tight to me.) Not getting enough sleep, after giving birth I always get the shakes, so I've had jaw pain for a couple days after giving birth, holding phone with my shoulder while cocking my head....I think that's most of it. Oh, and anxiety!<br><br>
What helps me: regular chiro care, every week or two depending on where I am in life, am I wearing a baby constantly? Am I super stressed? A good magnesium supplement, like <a href="http://www.absolutelythepurest.com/supplements/natural-calm-for-mama.html" target="_blank">this one</a>, fish oil & cod liver oil, reduces joint pain & inflammation, I've been taking Nordic Naturals, but am switching to <a href="http://www.greenpasture.org/products/cod_liver_oil" target="_blank">Blue Ice</a>. When I'm in the midst of a severe TMJ attack, I've found that eating a lot of fresh, raw pineapple helps tremendously - it's the bromelain, it helps with inflammation. Good neck/upper back massages also help.<br><br>