Anxiety, Depression, TMJ, Dizziness I'm freaking out!!!

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Ok so for the past week /2 weeks I've been having pain in my jaw which eventually turned into stiffness now. It's on and off. And I noticed when I'm "happier" that it's not really affecting me, and when I start to think about it it gets worse.

I think I have TMJ. I wasn't officially diagnosed by a doctor, but problems with my jaw started right after I had to get a cap on over my molar in the back. And it for worse after I had braces. And all the symptoms had fit. I feel the pain in my ear too whenever I try to open my mouth wider or close it tighter.

Its not going away this time and I'm freaki my out because I've also been getting dizzy (it's more like a instant moment of swaying that goes away), and I'm so afraid of fainting and falling. Idk how to get over this. I've been crying almost everyday Because I'm afraid I'll faint and fall and no one will be there to help me.

All my wisdom teeth are 1/2 way out and I'm thinking maybe it has to do with that? Now I'm afraid it's impacted and I'm afraid to get it out. I know the obvious answer would be to go see a doctor, but I don't have insurance right now and there's no free clinics around me. My insurance start in 2 weeks, but I feel like I'm gonna die before that.

I'm afraid they'll tell me it's something more serious like a tumor or something and I can't seem to,brush any of these thoughts away. Please someone give me advice sad

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    Hi Shay

    Try not to worry too much about these signs and symptoms.

    I was wondering if you were or had been tking any medication for pain relief. I became very ill on co codamol, codeine. It can cause severe anxiety and depression.

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    TMJ is horrible, believe me, it can cause many painful symptoms all over your head, neck even shoulders. IT doe cause dizziness, and affect the sinuses, can even give you tinnitus,

    I have had this for nearly a year now, and like you at one point felt I was dying, the pain sometimes had been so bad I cannot function properly, and painkillers dont work..

    I have found that heat helps to relax the jaw muscles and take away the worse of the pain. I take a hot water bottle to bed and lie on one side for a while then on the other, I make it quite hot, and find it gives almost instant relief.

    There are things that can be done proffessionally, but my dentist told me most cases clear themselves but it can take at least a year before symptoms startt to fade. She said to eat only soft foods, definately no chewing gum, or steak, or anything that needs alot of chewing, to try and drop your bottom jaw as much as poss, and not to clench your jaws together. All this seems to have helped me but it has taken along time, and still has not gone completely yet.

    Hope this helpds, I do know how awful you are feeling, but it will resolve with the methods described. Good luck x

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    shay

    I hav the same problem with my jawa, it is generally caused by a strong overbite if you have lost the support of extracted teeth, 

    In my case they hightened some fillings and made me a splint to wear over my teeth. They then given time supply a chrome/cobalt denture that supports the jaw.

    Not Cancer so do not worry, all is one of lifes little joys

    Good Luck

    BOB

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    Research tmj. It causes so much pain and issues. And yes headaches galore and dizziness. I have been dealing with it for years. It is anxiety producing because of its symptoms. Since you have no insurance yet they do sell some mouth gaurds at the pharmacy. Thats sadly how common it is. And even lesse expensive but bulky would be a sports mouth gaurd but id go with the pharmacy or inline mold  version for tmj they are also online. You can even get a mold kit and mold your own teeth and send it thru the mail to get a custom tmj mouth gaurd. This is a useful thing to search.

    all they have done for me is make a mold and make me a soft mouth splint. Thats it. They cant stop the clenching thats on us. Thats sadly stress but still on us. Utube has some mesages for it too.

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    when you sleep do you sleep just fine?  are you bowel movements regular...any trouble urinating etc...  if your body seems to be functioning normally then take consolation in knowing it's likely anxiety or in your case severe health anxiety.  what you've written is classic health anxiety.  i would know...i've been dealing with it for 8mos...i blindly developed depression slowly and what i mean by this is one day during introspect i realized that the signs were always there during the months leading to.  finally physical symptoms show up as they typically do.  the off-balance weird heavy head feels like you're going to fall back sensation showed up first then all other symptoms started to appear.  tremors...twitching etc...really badly but with a lot of will to power through all the crap...i've made a lot of progress.  dizziness is all but gone...nowhere near what it was.  the tremors and shaking even when sleeping or trying to sleep has stopped.  i still have bad days but i've focus on no worrying about it and above all getting a lot of rest.  i'll take naps as well in an effort to keep my body relaxed and well rested.  likewise, i've also had the horrible symptom of feeling like you're going to faint.  many days were a struggle to make it through and yes...it does feel like you're dying.  you worry you won't make it another month..you start believing you have some rare cancer and you'll die soon...then suddenly 9mos goes by and you've improved drastically.  GAD and depression are brutal for sure!

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    Shay, what on EARTH are you going to die of in the two weeks before your insurance starts?

    Chrissie

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    Everyone has a TMJ, by the way. Two, in fact.

    It just means tempero-mandibular-joint.

    There is one on each side os your face, in the jaw area.

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    I am obviously nerveous for 1 month. A voice is coming from my jaw, in mornings everyfay i open my jaw hardly... I know i have bruxism. But headache made me crazy.. It is sharp pain comes suddenly. I went to doctor(neurology) he said this is not a thing . A voice coming from ears too. And last 3 days i have dizziness now i am crying everyday i have shoulder and neck  pains too what should i  do  
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    Hello,  I am experiencing the same exact thing, I always think to myself omg I need to go to the hospital but than I think I am perfectly healthy and it’s only my anxiety.  I am have had the same exact symptoms for about 2 days now and it’s even hard to go to the store .
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    Nice to know there is other people you can relate to in the world and you aren’t alone.

    I’m a 28 year old woman who’s normally fit and well apart from taking propanolol for irregular heartbeats and palpitations.  Pretty much my anxiety has flared up 4 weeks ago, after a knock on the head and been told I’ll need to wait for a scan, had all the post concussion symptoms suffering headaches etc.  I never have suffered a headache in my life until then.  Been to numerous doctors and now and hospitals who are telling me I’m fine and it is just a vicious circle I’ve got myself into by worrying. I got blood tests done which showed white cells and then a urine test done which also showed white cells and blood but no infection so as you could imagine my anxiety then spiralled again.  Over thinking everything and anything! I have lost weight due to worry and not being able to stomach food and wondering what’s wrong with me.  I’ve also developed titinits however you spell it in my left ear along with dizziness and feeling faint and panicking at every slight thing that goes on. Doctor prescribed me olive oil ear drops for my ears hoping it there was any wax it would budge totally done the opposite I woke the following day with pain in my two sides of my jaw and it cracking when I open it wider. The list goes on and on.... I have just tried a 10mg of amitripline to see how I go through time but I hate even taking medicine as it is. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I’m so fed up!

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