Went to a dentist for teeth cleaning and now my eye is twitching!!!

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Hey guys! I went to the dentist on nov 7 for my regular every 3 months scaling as usual.  by the end of the section i had a bit of a hard time closing my mouth as if my mouth was locked because i opened it too wide for the whole section. 
The night after my scaling, in the middle of the night i had pain on my right jaw, like the more i open the worse it got...but I tried to go back to sleep and I didnt feel anymore jaw pain the next morning
....so I went back to my dentist and she told me that I have TMJ cos both sides of my jaw are clicking. and she told me to wear my night guard which I already have. 
So everything was fine until the last 2 weeks. I started to experience twitching on my left eye. First it was just a few twitches, and then it became  24/7 non stop twitching, the frequency is driving me crazy..it's like 3 twitches per minute..I went to a neurologist and my family doctor, both of them didnt think I have hemifacial spasm (HFS). 
So now thinking back...I am wondering would it be possible that my TMJ is the culprit of the twitching! I had experience of the left of my nose twitching when i had my braces on (when it was still in the teeth tightening process), that nose twitching lasted me for 3 months! people have no idea how annoying it is!
Please, anyone here. if any of  you guys or your friends that have/have had/currently experiencing similar experience...please help me... my doctor and neurologist dont know what happens either...and my dentist told me that a TMJ specialist would COST SO MUCH!!!! and I live alone here in Edmonton, Canada...
Please help me...

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    Hi there

    Oh dear thats a nuiscance! I have experienced that joint problem in my jaw too.

    I was going to be referred to a specialist, im supposed to wear a night guard too. But i hate wearing it. I get headaches and aches in my mouth if i wear it too much. But this does sound like you need a referral done. Unfortunately to sort it out.

    Have you thought of applying fir crowdfunding if it exists in your country.

    Have a look at it in google. Maybe you might be able to do it using the uk crowd funding online that its needed where you are fir yourself. Try and see. I hope it does.

    Elizabeth

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      I have clicking, but usually i dont feel pain. I am still wearing my night guard..my dentist said it would take a while to see a difference so im doing it and hoping it would make a difference...dont wanna go on jaw surgery or so what because it is dangerous.

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    TMJ is just name for the jaw joint/hinge on each side of your face -- and barring some kind of tragic injury (or birth defect), we all have two of them. I'm guessing that maybe you have TMD -- which stands for TemporoMandibular Joint Dysfunction.

    If so -- don't worry! Here's some facts:

    "About 20% to 30% of the adult population are affected to some degree. Usually people affected by TMD are between 20 and 40 years of age, and it is more common in females than males. TMD is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain"

    I would recommend a few things: OTC NSAIDs for pain management (my first choice for pain is always aspirin due the heart health and anti-cancer side effects, but there are other choices and I use naproxen for swelling). I also throw out two alternative options: hop extract (some alpha acids in hops appear to be Cox 2 inhibitors) and DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) which, used topically, is a good liniment and might help the muscle aspect of your issue. I've seen recommendations that you take the hops first think in the morning, but if I were you and I decided to try the hops -- I'd take them at night as they are sometimes recommended for calming (and mild sedative) effects.

    I think the "twitches" will go away on their own and may, in fact, be entirely stress-related (other culprits include caffeine, sudafed, and heavy exertion). You could try to add a magnesium supplement (especially if you have other muscle cramps or spasms), but it seems like completely healthy normal people get them from time to time with no underlying pathology (i.e. disease/condition).

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      Thank you for the reply! Your input is really appreciated. I dont know if you have heard of benign essential Bleharospasm (BEB). it's a condition that causes people to blink all the time and sometimes they have to close their eyes shut for long time or sqeeze them real tight...I am afriad I m going to have that condition...I am going nuts....please let me know if you have any knowledge about BEB....

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    Sorry -- I don't really know anything about BEB. I did look it up, but your eye twitching might be nothing. I have a very stressful job, and I've had my eye twitch from time to time (for weeks on end) and it is very annoying, but I don't have BEB. You might not either. It seems that every now and then a nerve misfires, and when you think about the complexity of the human body, that's not too hard to fathom.

    Let me suggest something -- only because you seem to be so anxious and worried about your TMJ pain and eye twitching. Have you ever considered meditating? Don't laugh. I'm serious. Try this title, if you have a chance: "Hurry Up and Meditate: Your starter kit for inner peace and better health" by David Michie. I got this title on Audible sometime ago and liked it so much I picked up the Kindle Edition too.

    I'm not big into "new age" type things, but the Michie book really opened me up to some of the benefits and I am meditating more often than ever (not daily yet, but I'm working toward it). Good luck and I hope this helps.

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