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I could do with some advice, please. I have a chronic jaw problem. I am a clencher in my sleep, dentist told me I had worn teeth and I have, in the past year, broken a few teeth. He built me a nightguard a year ago, which I am wearing. I have bitten a hole in it on the left hand side.
Since I started training with a personal trainer and experienced a couple of very stressful events in my life over the past year my symptoms have got worse. I have bad tinnitus (buzzing type) in both ears, jaw, neck and shoulder pain on the left, face ache, pain in temples and tight scalp. The tinnitus used to come and go but is now constant. Sometimes loud and sometimes much less so. My dentist isn't a specialist. Six months ag he told me I needed to see my GP and when I did the GP was unsympathetic. He said "What does your dentist expect me to do about it?" and "tinnitus is difficult to treat, sounds like it is coming from your jaws". No treatment was offered.
I dont know what to do. As it has got worse since I saw GP and dentist six months ago, I cant go on like this but I dont know whether to go back to the dentist or see the GP again. How would I find a dentist who is expert in TMJ? They all say they work on TMJ but do they really know anything about it. I am worried I have damaged my jaw joint.
Some advice would help, it's starting to make me feel really low.
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