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TMJ flare-up

Susanne

Susanne

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For those of you with TMJ issues, what are your most common symptoms, what do you think is the biggest cause for them and how long does a flare-up of those symptoms usually last for you? Which remedies, OTC meds, etc. do you find most helpful?

My TMJ problems are on the left side and my jaw clenches so much sometimes that it makes my teeth hurt. I've found that my sleeping position and my posture when working at the computer or in the kitchen seem to contribute the most to my jaw issues. Once they flare up, it takes a long time for them to go away. I've tried warm compresses, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, massaging the sore spots (usually right in front of and a little below my ear where my upper and lower jaw meet) and they help some, but not enough. Time seems to be the only thing that gets rid of the symptoms. Anyone else have a remedy that really works for them?
 
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amic09

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Hi! I’ve been in a week long flare-up because of getting a crown last week - I feel your pain! My dentist prescribed me some muscle relaxers and that’s helped some, but what I’ve found that helps me most is taking a naproxen. I’m doing Aleve and was told I could do 2 in the morning and then one more after 12 hours. I’ve been rotating between hot and cold compresses too, but I’ve found that the cold is helping me a lot more. I have a migraine ice pack that supposed to wrap around your head, but I just move it to my jaw. Lessening my caffeine intake has helped too! I used to have a mouth guard for the bottom teeth, but my dentist recently had one fitted for my top. It fits like a retainer and keeps my back teeth from hitting, so that’s helped a lot. I tend to keep it close by when I’m doing workon my laptop too because that’s usually when I find myself clenching.

My first symptom is always a toothache! I have a top molar and the one directly below it that hurt every time. I just had a crown put on the top one, so it’s been worrisome. I always convince myself I have a cavity or infection because of the pain. I’m wondering if those are the teeth I clench the most on. Then it turns into a headache that’s in my temple. Sometimes I feel like I have a really bad sinus infection. Mine usually lasts a few days or a week. This one has just been a little longer because I think my mouth isn’t agreeing with the temporary crown in my mouth, so hopefully it’ll resolve when I get the new one placed next week!

I hope you find some relief soon! It’s no fun.
 
Punkerpants

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I have TMJ issues as well.
Been having flare-ups lately due to everything that's been going on in the world and in my personal life. Stress definitely makes it worse for me. My first symptom is usually a dull ache in my jaw on the right side, and I wonder if it's a toothache. Sometimes a headache too. Then it spreads up to my ear and becomes a very painful ear-ache. Then some swelling. Then finally my jaw actually locks into place and I can't move it, which is very very painful.

The only things I've found to be helpful are warm compresses and while I'm doing that I gently move my jaw side to side and back and forth. Then I massage the area. Sometimes if it's bad enough I'll take Tylenol.

Amic09, I have a migraine ice pack that wraps around my head too! I'm going to go try it out on my jaw now. Thanks for the tip. :)
 
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For those of you with TMJ issues, what are your most common symptoms, what do you think is the biggest cause for them and how long does a flare-up of those symptoms usually last for you? Which remedies, OTC meds, etc. do you find most helpful?

My TMJ problems are on the left side and my jaw clenches so much sometimes that it makes my teeth hurt. I've found that my sleeping position and my posture when working at the computer or in the kitchen seem to contribute the most to my jaw issues. Once they flare up, it takes a long time for them to go away. I've tried warm compresses, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, massaging the sore spots (usually right in front of and a little below my ear where my upper and lower jaw meet) and they help some, but not enough. Time seems to be the only thing that gets rid of the symptoms. Anyone else have a remedy that really works for them?
Hi,
I have bad jaw pain for the past 2 months. I have ear pain, under the ear pain in the lower jaw(where the jaw ends), side of the neck pain and sore pain on one spot on the side of the head. The neck and head pain started recently 3 weeks back. Before that, I was having ear and lower jaw pain.

Been to different doctors and no answers yet. Went to a dentist and he said it's TMJ and referred me to tmj specialist.
Any of you here been to a TMJ specialist?
He said my bones are scratching each other and disc dislocated. I don't know if it's true. Because he shown a spot in the pan xray and said on right side there is no space between bones and scratching. On left side, there is a space. But after coming home, I realised that spot is the sinus chambers and not TMJ.
So, I don't know if I really have the tmjd or not.
What was your problem? Have any if you diagnosed by a specialist? What is the treatment? PT or appliance?
 
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