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Comment from: pate, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

This sucks!!!! I have had this problem for about 17 years. I just turned 30 and i never thought that my life would be of such discomfort. in the beginning of August my face became numb first then the right side of my tongue and overnight, it went to my right side of my face. I was in and out of the hospital wanting to die of the pain had to drop out of nursing school, and wasn't able to tend to my four children. It is now September and all the symptons are still there, just not the dying pain. I have no life and I have to force myself to do anything. I just want to be normal again. I take so many pills and I am using a splint and I feel a little difference(very little). I need severe help.

Published: September 11

I never clench or grind my teeth and I am constantly doing it now. The side of my face in front of my ear feels swollen, as does that side of my neck and the ear itself. My neck and shoulders ache, and I am constantly swallowing saliva. The back of my neck hurts. My ear rings and kind of feels numb at times. The predominant symptom I have is the neck pain. Even the bone in back of my last tooth feels swollen.

Published: September 11

I have had joint pain and severe popping and cracking in my right jaw for 20 years. I am now 35. I have tried all the recommended treatments and have had very little success (braces, night guards etc.). I experience headaches, ear fullness and pain, facial pain in front of my ear, extreme pain when opening my mouth wide to yawn or laugh or eat followed by cracking (that can be heard up to 5 feet away) and dislocation.

Comment from: Debyk, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have been suffering since my 20s. I ended up on crazy pain meds and have tried everything from splints to physical therapy, biofeedback, and the like. I had surgery a year and a half ago. The surgeon pulled cartilage back into place and shaved down the bone on both sides. Recovery was not too bad. The first two weeks were bad, then I was fine. I have been fine up until two months ago. I have had terrible pain on the right side. The CT scan shows cartilage damaged beyond repair. It hurts to swallow.

Comment from: mainesp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I've been suffering with TMJ for probably 10 years or so. I get dizzy; face and head sensitvity and severe headaches. Some days would be worse than others. It would affect my everyday life and work. I took muscle relaxers and mild antidepressants. A co-worker mentioned a chiropractor so I tried that, and it worked for about two years it did wonders. I'd get some headaches but the worst of it was gone. About a month ago something changed and now even the chiropractor doesn't help. I'm at my wits end. I went to my doctor and she gave me a strong pain killer and that didn't even touch the pain. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Andre8, Published: January 19

I have had TMJ for about 3 months, and it isn't getting any better. When I play the sax, I sometimes get jaw-aches, and am barely able to open my jaw at all. Though my jaw has gotten better from the first few weeks, it limits every day activities.

Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I've had TMJ for about 8 or 9 years now. I'm only 20 years old and the pains from my jaw are practically paralyzing me. Sometimes I get a chemical pain that overwhelms my head and upper back area. I'm not really sure that there is much to be done for it now. My brother has it too. I know mine is getting worse because of the pain I have been suffering. My chewing has gotten louder too, eating during school lunch hours has become someone embarrassing due to the loud popping my right side is making. I just wish there was a cheaper way of fixing this so I don't fail at life.

Comment from: SherryD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

About 5 yrs ago, after suffering with a "sinus infection" for close to 3 months, taking a few rounds of oral steroids, I decided to go to an ENT doctor. It was he who diagnosed my TMJ. I wasn't having acute sinus infections at all, although I guess having them could affect TMJ. He prescribed me more drugs and sent me on my way. A few days later, after being zonked out on the couch with pain meds (and even they weren't cutting out all the pain), I decided to try acupuncture. I was VERY skeptical! With the first needle he put in, it sounded like a tire deflating. I almost jumped off the table! I stayed, and we finished the treatment. By the time I got to my car the pain was immensely decreased!! The swelling had been so severe, and now was teeth rattled on that side of my face! That was it, I was a believer! To this day, when I think another bout is coming on, I make an appointment with my acupuncturist right away.


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