Patient Comments: TMJ - Treatment

Question:

What treatment have you had for TMJ? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Michelle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I was involved in a car accident in 2015. I have had problems since. My jaw locked three days later for the first time. Agony has ensued since. I had the disc removed in May 2016 and it was good for three months then the pain began again. October 2016 I was informed that bones were grinding on each other and told I needed a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) replacement in February 2017. I had the replacement on 8 February 2017 and that is where my terrible journey began. I now suffer daily headaches ranging from pain 4 to being bedridden at a 10. I have ringing in my ear and constant face and jaw pain. I can't chew. I have teeth pain. And the list goes on and on. I would never recommend it to anyone. I have always had a high pain tolerance but this has just destroyed me. My family suffers because I am nowhere near the person I once was.

Comment from: John T, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I had TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) years ago. My chiropractor cleared it up after a few weeks of treatment.

Comment from: lsofr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

After many years without pain, my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) resurfaced about 3 months ago and is giving me a fit. It only involves my left jaw this time, but is terribly painful. A couple of days ago the lymph node behind my ear became painful and swollen. My dentist told me to take 2 ibuprofen 3 to 4 times a day, and I am also taking a stronger pain medicine, gabapentin and a muscle relaxer for a back injury, but nothing seems to help with the TMJ pain. My dentist has also suggested physical therapy as a first line of treatment, hopefully to avoid surgery. Now with the lymph node involvement I'm not sure it is just TMJ.

Comment from: WorkinToPlay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

The chiropractor adjusted out my TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and all was well again.

Comment from: vs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I went to my first orthodontist when I was 6 years old. I wore braces and headgear for 5 years. I had 3 mm of bone removed from my top jaw and the lower jaw broken and reset in two places. I also had a chin constructed to give my lips closure. This helped with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) pain for many years but it is deteriorating. I was told by doctors at the time that I would probably have to have it all reconstructed one day. I have no cartilage in the jaw joint, just bone wearing down bone. Never have I ever rested with my teeth together. They simply don't match or feel right doing that. A doctor told me my muscles feel like a rubber band that has been stretched out for too long and has lost its snap. Two of them came in to marvel at the directions they are in like I was a carnival freak. Ring and pinky stay numb on both hands.

Comment from: Lynette, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

The K laser or cold laser is good for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

Comment from: susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

Ultrasound given by a physical therapist works wonders for jaw pain from TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). I also use the Alpha-Stim 100. You can find information on this device online.

Comment from: Jrox, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

Get your testosterone checked! I have TMJ but my testosterone levels were at a 0.8 when they should be between 40 and 50 and testosterone helps with muscles and a whole lot of other things; however there is a linkage between low testosterone and TMJ... I"m so excited to give testosterone pellet therapy a try to help get rid of TMJ!

Comment from: MOF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Decades ago, I gave up. I was diagnosed with TMJ around 1977 (I was a teen, and I think that is the right year), went to a TMJ specialist who fitted me with an appliance and kept adding more to it each time I went. Although I had no bite when it was out, I also had no relief. When we moved from that area, the dentist was pretty horrified that I had no bite. So off to an orthodontist. I also saw an oral surgeon in there some time, who had more imaging of my TM joint. No help. We tried biofeedback. Nada. I tried progressive relaxation (guided), and no help. I even tried acupuncture. At this point, I was in college, and pretty much gave up. Back then, I had many good days that I didn"t really hurt, and flare ups that were bad. Now, I have daily pain, can"t remember the last time I had no pain. In January, I started getting daily sharp pain with inhalation - trust me, not fun. And not a typical TMJ symptom. When I went for a physical about 6 weeks later, I mentioned it, and got referred to a neurologist. He has me on gabapentin right now - I think it has helped with that specific pain, but not the chronic ear/jaw pain I have. He just upped the dose, to see if that helps. At least he is trying. But man, whatever it really is, I wish we could figure out the right treatment. It stinks having constant pain of varying degrees. It affects my concentration and energy level. And is just a bit of a drag.

IMAGES

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) See pictures of dental procedures and oral health conditions See Images
Comment from: ouch, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

About 6 years ago, I got my wisdom teeth out and after that, my jaw started popping/clicking. It was just annoying and loud, but rarely caused pain. Then, 3 years ago, I got dental work done and since then it has been awful. Sometimes I can't open my mouth or eat solid foods. About 85 percent of the time I am in pain. I get lucky and I have a good day here and there. My jaw aches. My right ear is clogged 24/7 and it has shooting pain. It hurts to talk. It is awful. I finally found a dentist and oral surgeon who work together, to find a solution for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). They take it seriously and are going to do everything they can so I don't have to have surgery. I am getting a guard in my mouth tomorrow to wear 24/7. They said I might have to have braces to realign my bite. The x-ray or whatever that they took of my joints looks awful. I am just glad to have met people who take it seriously and know what they are talking about. Ibuprofen and all that doesn't work. It is so painful.

Comment from: Okie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I don't know whether or not my 2 situations are related but I began having this clenching of my teeth and awful jaw pain syndrome, following back surgery and primarily after a 2nd root canal that was done on the same tooth, which I never did understand. I too cannot imagine having this pain the rest of my life. My dentist suggested braces, which is not going to happen unless they are certain this is definitely TMJ (temporomandibular joint). I do take OTC pain medicines but refuse to take anything stronger, because unless it is a permanent fix OTC is all I'm going to take and I'll just have to learn to live with it, I'm afraid.

Comment from: SoreJaw, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I have been clenching my teeth for years and began grinding them as soon as I got my braces off (3 years ago). I wear a bite plain which protects my teeth from being damaged, but doesn't stop me from clenching or grinding. I still wake up throughout the night and in the morning with an extremely sore jaw and can tell that I was grinding all night. 5 months ago, I got lock jaw for the first time. It was SO painful. I went to the doctor right away and she gave me muscle relaxants. I took 2 of them, fell asleep, and when I woke up, I yawned and my jaw unlocked! ALTHOUGH, my jaw (and I) have not been the same since. My jaw never went back to how it was before lock jaw. It has never opened as wide, and has never opened without pain. I have muscle spasms, a pinched nerve in my neck, and ear and head aches. Turns out I have a slipped disc and scar tissue build-up in my left jaw joint and I am going for my scope surgery consultation tomorrow. If this surgery doesn't fix my problem, I don't know what I'll do! I can't imagine living the rest of my life with these jaw issues and I would not wish this on anyone! The only advice I can give for temporary relief is extra strength Robaxacet. It works wonders when I'm in severe pain, although, I don't want to rely on pills forever.

Comment from: agent777, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

When I was 19 I had two wisdom teeth removed, and during the operation I suddenly felt a tremendous pain in my jaw, so severe the dentist had to stop immediately. I was afterword's informed by a dental surgeon that I was suffering from TMJ. I am now 35, and the only thing that has helped has been a low dose of diazepam before bed. This has been working for me for about 12 years. Hope this was helpful.

Comment from: BB, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

If you drink coffee or have caffeine, this will makes things worse, because you will clench your teeth from having "too much energy or anxiety." Stop the caffeine and see if this helps along with ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory. Make sure you are taking a multivitamin to make sure you're not deficient in any one nutrient. Try a whole body relaxation and massage approach. I find that I am holding pain in my body from working hard (sore muscles), and I believe I may be clenching my jaws because of it. Hot baths with Epsom salts has magnesium in it, chamomile tea in the evening. To sooth and relax your jaw muscles, try warming massage rocks and hold one on your jaw, then massage. Magnesium and calcium are good for helping muscles relax along with plenty of water, hope this helps you.

Comment from: jar82793, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I was just diagnosed with tmj today I am only 18 years old but I was in the car with my mom and I went to talk to her and my whole jaw locked up on me it freaking scared me to death that I couldn't move it. Now I was just given inflammation medicine for it. I hope it doesn't get too bad because I don't want to have to have surgery or anything I'm taking all the precautions I can if anyone can tell me a treatment for it so I can make sure it doesn't get too bad I don't want to lose my mouth muscles because of the hereditary condition that I got from my mother. I'm kind of scared .

Comment from: spoonlisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I have had TMJ for 23 years and dozens of doctors and so on. I can only open my mouth a half an inch since my two surgeries. I get angry that I can't eat. I suck through a straw. I had an accident in my car and because I can't do the sobriety tests, they arrested me. I have dizziness and bad balance. No one understands the pain all the time. The doctors said they messed up, but there is no solution. I have to live with this forever. If you are not bleeding or having a heart attack, they don't believe you. I feel for all TMJ sufferers.

SLIDESHOW

Dental Images of Cavities, Dry Sockets, Gingivitis See Slideshow
Comment from: Skye, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I have just recently been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, and I must say that I am finding it difficult. At the moment, the doctors cannot decide if I have trigeminal neuralgia. They have prescribed me carbamazepine.

Comment from: The Muscle Doctor, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 08

I am a licensed massage therapist, and I work on my jaw muscles, as well as my clients', to "soften" and normalize them. The result is immediate relief from TMJ, headaches, ringing in the ears, and chronic tension. Anyone can do the same for themselves. Just be gentle with your pressure and do slow deep breathing while waiting for the muscles to "let go." You will be amazed!

Comment from: Jess, Published: February 01

I am 17 and I must have developed TMJ sometime after I got my wisdom teeth out 7 months ago. I have never clenched in my life that I know of and I can't possibly be clenching now because it hurts too much. I have been playing saxophone for eight years, specifically tenor, and I was going to get a degree in music performance but if things don't change I won't be able to practice enough. I also started playing trumpet a year before I got my wisdom teeth out. I was getting good but now I can barely play at all. I have a mouth guard that I hope works. I have had it for two weeks but if anything my jaw has only gotten worse. I hope things will turn around because I cannot and will not live with this for the rest of my life, but I feel hopeless. But, in any case, I found that Tiger Balm works well. I take Aleve and Advil every day, and they used to help, but they have lost their effect. Ice and heat help for a little temporary relief.

Comment from: anxious, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I have had temporomandibular joints for about 10 years now. I have all of the above problems with my jaw, head, ear, and the popping noise. I have had several cases where I could not open my mouth to eat The Dr. made me a mouth guard and that helps at night. The worst thing that really hurts is when I am talking and without knowing it, my jaw tries to pop out and terrible pain shoots up the side of my cheek and into the ear. I do feel that when I get stressed it seems to get worse. I have constant muscle spasms and soreness in the ear. It feels like my glands in the neck are sore.

Comment from: Help4You, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I have also suffered from TMJ disorder. I have jaw pain, neck pain, and stress-related headaches due to teeth clenching and grinding. I have taken medication and worn bite splints. I finally have found a device that has relieved 90% of my pain-related issues. It is called the TMD ear system. This product treats the TMJ through the ear canal.

Comment from: jazzit123 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I have had severe TMJ from an accident 20 years ago. I went to many TMJ specialists and all of them told me that even surgery would not help. So as of today I have my mouth piece, my tens unit, my pain killers, muscles relaxants and I get pin point injections every two weeks. I eat very soft foods and every six to eight weeks I end up in the hospital because the attacks are so severe. TMJ took over my life. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy!

Comment from: Chathuri, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had a clicking sound in my temporomandibular joint (TMJ). After three months it was locked. The doctor gave me diazepam and I did a heat treatment. Now I am a little bit better, but it is affecting my sleep.

Comment from: Melanie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I have severe ear pain in both ears and thought I had an ear infection. My ENT doctor diagnosed me with TMJ and prescribed a large dose of Motrin which I have yet to take, but resting my jaw and decreased stress has made my ear pain lessen.

Comment from: she wolf, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I am 50 in 2 weeks and have had TMJ since I was 11 after a car accident didn't know what it was until now and I found mobic meloxicam is the generic form and works better than anything else I have tried it took my doctor 4 years to get to that medication and finally something works no other med or physical therapy helped.

Comment from: Ray, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I found temporary relief through being prescribed Tylenol 3 for pain, a medication to relax my jaw muscles and a medication to reduce inflammation. My doctor had previously misdiagnosed me with an ear infection. When the amoxicillin didn't seem to stop the pain after the infection was healed, I went back to my physician only to find that I have TMJ. This is some real bad pain. I hope they find a real solution to this problem.

QUESTION

What causes tooth decay? See Answer
Comment from: long beach, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have suffered with TMJ for years. I finally saw a Chiropractor that specializes in TMJ. He actually stuck his fingers in my mouth to adjust my jaw. I was a bit sore for the day, but after that I have been PAIN FREE.

Comment from: Carolyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I have a guard that I wear for my upper teeth at night, but still wake up in the early part of the morning with a terrific headache. Sometimes I can hardly open my mouth at all without my jaw hurting so bad and sometimes popping of my jaw. It is a constant dull ache. I use a naproxen capsule when needed for pain. I have also been prescribed some pain medicine when the pain is so unbearable.

Comment from: Maybe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

Acupuncture treatment to the area greatly reduces pain.

Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.