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  • #32041
    Anonymous
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    Can anyone suggest anything for someone that is experiencing TMJ syndrome. My headd, neck shoulders arms and legs are all suffering, I get lightheaded too, had everything tested and now putting it down to my jaw, which including my ear and inside my ears is quite shore. anybody any suggestions. thank you.

    #32042
    Anonymous
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    Dear Sandra,
    I have had pain from my right TMJ for over 20 years now. The main thing that I find helpful is heat. I have a hot water bottle with a furry cover and I fill it with very, very hot water. I then lie with it under my right TMJ for about an hour. I find that this really eases it.
    This may not work for you. Some people find that cold packs work better.
    In terms of drugs to ease the pain, I find that Amitriptyline and Gabapentin “numb” the pain. I also take Tylex (paracetmol and codeine) and Diazepam when it is particularly painful.
    Hope some of this is helpful to you.
    Lots of love and Merry Christmas.
    Josette
    P.S. if you want to respond by email please exclude the “FU” in my email address, this is just to fool the spammers LOL.

    #32043
    Anonymous
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    I was sent to see a specialist in the facial surgery department of a local hospital for a diagnosis a couple of years ago.
    He diagnosed TMJ and attributed it to teeth grinding and nail nibbling when asleep. He told me to wear a jaw guard at night. Also to massage the jaw and apply heat.
    It did not really solve the problem and the pain got worse every time my back went out and improved when the physiotherapist put me back straighter.

    I also tried using a Novasonic vibrator from Boots which helped a little but did not cure the problem.
    When i went to the hospital, i was having problems with my back being tilted to the right like the Tower of Pisa because i could not straighten my knee. I also had scoliosis.
    Although i mentioned my knee /neck/back problems not much attention was paid to this.
    Not relevant! Hmmm!

    I did some further internet research and i would like to pass the information that helped me on to you. You might have a look at this USA site. Have a good click around.
    http://www.drclaytonchan.com/treatment/tmj/whatisit.html
    I gathered from the pictures on the website, and responses to my emailed queries, that posture can definitely cause problems and that chiropractic/physical therapy treatment can help.

    I now have a new knee and following chiropractic adjustments my knee is straight again and my legs are equal length again.
    Guess what, since the knee has been fixed my back has stopped listing to the right.
    The chiropractor is improving my back scoliosis
    The TMJ has stopped.

    I went to the hospital last week a nd saw the registrar for a different problem. I mentioned the effect of my knee surgery on my back and the TMJ. He was surprised.

    My chiropractor was not in the least surprised – ‘Yes, we know about TMJ and we treat it’, was what he said.

    My dentist also said that he had now had 2 patients who had lost the TMJ after seeing a chiropractor for a back problem.

    I hope that helps.
    Merry Xmas.

    #32044
    Sandra
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    To everybody that is suffering with TMJ do you have other symptoms. For instance my neck is sore I have a constant dull ache across the back of my head. Used to get soreness at the back of my head and down the same side every time. The TMJ joint wa sore but so was everything else that side including neck, shoulder and even my leg was aching, can you believe that. My head feels kind of spaced out like I am not with it and sometimes feels quite scarey. Anyone else suffer similar to this?

    #32045
    Anonymous
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    Hi Sandra yes I was getting those simpoms a lot but I haven’t in a while. the pain across the back of your head and neck is the muuscle tension and I figured out that the fog in my head was from my sinuses not being able to drain properly. I would got to the chiropractor and get adjusted and the next day my head was clear but then once all thouse mucles titened up again my head slowly became more foggy feeling. The chiropractor says that the sinuses drain down around the side of the neck like near the ears and when thouse muscles do there thing then the sinuses don’t well I guess get squeezed like a straw. Sinse I have been kkeeping those muscles more relaxed I am not having the head fog.
    go figure! Julie

    #32046
    Anonymous
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    Hi all, i have had TMG for years with fibro, and it affects also the back of my neck where the two trigger points are situated at the base of the skull.this radiates up into my face,head and jaw and behind my eyes. I also feel very dizzy and off balance and spaced out too. I have this today but as i find no pattern to this damn illness, i may wake up tomorrow and its gone for a few hours.sorry to sound a bit angry and fed up but i feel very low with all this today and feel sorry for myself. hope you all are not having a lot of pain today. take care Julie.uk.

    #32047
    Sandra
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    hi julie,
    just read your note. I do sympathise i think i have exactly the samething as you. i felt really bad yesterday couldnt get to the end of the road went dizzy thought i was going to pass out. Pressure in back of head, jaw sore on the left side and bone behing ear and inside of ear sore. get this more often than not now, really fed up with it. been going on for a number of years. have no medication as such. back to doctors tomorrow going to ask for an anti-inflammatory, finding it hard to continue daily routine, as head feels so spaced out, dont feel yourself anymore. sorry to be nuisance, but is good to speak to someone who is getting the same symptons as yourself. for years i though i was bringing these symptons on myself, couldnt get anywhere with the doctors, every test was fine. then anxiety came into it, everyone said it was anxiety, but i dont think so. I do believe it is coming from neck but living with it every day drives you mad. happy new year, and less painfree eh? Any suggestions what i can do or take would be much appreciated. thanx. xx

    #32048
    Diana
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    I don’t have TMJ but I know a lady who’s had it for 26 years. She’s had operation after operation; had all her teeth out and implants fitted, tried every medicine in the book and almost every alternative therapy and nothing has worked.
    She is now trying Bowen therapy and has started to get some relief at last for a few hours. She’s only been twice so I will try to let you know how she gets on.

    #32049
    Anonymous
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    Trigger point injections have been offered to me-however I am a bit less keen however they worked very well in my back! there is a very good specialist at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London who runs a national TMJ pain clinic. Dr Charlotte Feinman. Your dentist can refer-be warned-long wait but ask her PA about cancellations-they happen and you will be slotted in earlier. A lovely woman-written about 500 papers on the subject-look her up on the net.

    Tricyclic antidepressants are often prescribed as they relax the jaw muscles and my pain spec has exercises on his site for it which I do religiously which helps.

    TMJ pain causes a multitude of medical problems. You’ll find a load of info on various sites however a good clinic assessment usually works well as it at least gives you a choice of what to do. Chiropractic is good but very costly as short term, Physio is good as they are more specialised-did you know that chropractors are 80% trained in business orientated work and 20% physiology whereas physio is the other way round-yet I have seen fab practitioners of both professions.
    I find having my neck clicked back by a well skilled osteopath is fantastic relief however it generally only lasts a few days.
    When you are having treatment from a pain clinic and on medication always seek specialist help from a practitioner on a professional UK or equivalent register-who is adequately trained and competent as well as insured-never be afraid to ask-they should not mind nor feel defensive.
    Good luck
    Fenella

    #32050
    Sandra
    Participant

    Hi Fenella

    Thanks for your note about TMJ. Youre right about all the medical problems it causes. I am wearing a neck brace today, because the Dizzyness and the room spinning round has got quite bad. My neck is sore on the left side as well as the shoulder the ear the bone behind the ear. All on the same side. The doctor took my bloodpressure which is fine, looked in my eyes, felt my neck, and said because i havr arthritis in my neck, it is affecting my jaw, my ear, my shoulder and even my legs are shakey, which i find hard to believe. I have some anti=inflammatories now diclofenac, dont know whether they will help, and also tablets for the vertigo, which is taking its time going. What do i do now, i am getting desperate about what to do next. So fed up with this, its been going on for a number of years on and off. Sorry to sound sad, but thats how i feel today. Speak to you soon. Happy New Year. xx

    #32051
    Sandra
    Participant

    Hi Fenella
    Cannot seem to get on the net for the Doctor. Have tried cant find nothing on her. If you have the website can you send it to me. Thanks.

    #32052
    Anonymous
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    Sandra I have emailed you her full CV, happy reading.!!!

    #32053
    Anonymous
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    Dear Fenella,
    I would be most grateful if you could email me Dr. Charlotte Feinman’s C.V.
    Many thanks, Happy New Year.
    Josette

    #32054
    Anonymous
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    I mispelled her name-can everyone search under the name FEINMANN- first name Charlotte. Yahoo have her main entries.

    Thanks

    Fenella

    #32055
    Anonymous
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    Dear Fenella,
    Thanks, I will do a web search for FEINMANN (Charlotte).
    Happy New Year
    Josette

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