Temporomandibular joint disorder I am a 42 year old woman living in Australia (UK) I was ...

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I am a 42 year old woman living in Australia (UK) I was diagnosed with TMJ 18 moths ago. So far I have seen a dentist, oral specialist, 2 orthodontists and a physio and noe have been referred back to the denist again. I have had a occusal splint (no effect) anti depressents (Endep) no effect. In addition to the typical symptons of tmj (clicking, facial pain (extreme) difficulty opening etc I have now developed addition symptons which are: inreased salvia, difficulty forming words beginning with the letters p or f, my lips are constantly sore as they are moist and i use a large amount of lip balm for releif. I moved from uk to Australia 7 years ago, I am considering returning to uk for treatment/advice etc. Do you have any suggestions at this time as to the best curse of action.

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breda dee

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    My dentist is having a mouth guard made up for me to wear in the upper jaw at night to prevent me from clenching my jaw. This should help to reduce the pain and stiffness in the joint. Perhaps you could ask your dentist about this as clenching the jaw is often a cause of TMJ. I hope this helpssmile

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    I also suffer with TMJ and have done for over 25 years. I have been sent to varies specialist and have found that mouth guards, anti depressants and jaw exercises to not help either. I have also been made to feel like I am wasting my doctors time and that I " just grind my teeth".I am awaiting a "new" mouth guard that my dentist seems to think will cure me but I am not very optimistic.Lets hope someone will find a miracle cure in the near future and I just wanted you to know you are not sufferig alone!

    Karen

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    I have suffered from TMJ for about 15 years, i've had all the treatment, bite guards, anti-depressants, physiotherapy, pain killers and pain management. I also have increased salivation and difficulty in forming some words, and problems with my hearing (the list goes on), then 18 months ago my jaw collapsed completely and after x-rays and MRI scans it showed that both sides the cartillage had displaced and there were boney fragments developing on my jaw. 6 weeks ago i had a billateral antroplasty done by my fantastic maxillofacial surgeon, unfortunately this has not completely worked, but there is still hope with a jaw joint replacement. PLEASE all of you who suffer with this dibilitating condition, do not give up hope, ask to be refered to a maxillofacial consultant, there is hope and a chance of a life without constant pain. I would love to talk to anyone who has been through the same as I.
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    See a chiropractor, you may have TMJ/TJMD (same thing) I had it for 2 years, along with nasal/ear/Eustachian tube dysfuntion. I tried lots of different therapies and then saw a chiropractor who cured me completely! I never thought it would be possible after 2 years but it was and it has changed my life.

    Seriously, I suffered for 2 years and was contemplating suicide most days, please please please, see A chiropractor and if it works for you spread the word by any means possible!

    Anna

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