TMJ Question: Limited jaw opening?

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Spooked

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This question is posed to any TMJ dentist out there! Please, I need your help and advice.

I've been having problems with my TMJ lately, blocked ears,muscle spasms, pain around the face, joints etc. occurring off and on. I went to consult a TMJ specialist who performed an assessment on me.

I discovered that my jaw opening was only 26mm... it improved a little bit later on in the examination but was probably still < 30mm. I was shocked as I'd never realised it before.

As a result, they want me to go in for an MRI scan as they suspect it might be a disc displacement issue. The thing is, I've rarely ever had my jaw click or pop. Maybe a click once in a blue moon, or a crack, but very, very rarely. How could a disc displacement without reduction happen? I know I'm a night time clencher, not so much a bruxer. Could this also be due to muscular spasms alone?

I'm really worried and terrified about having this scan done.

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I don't have an answer for you but I am very interested in how you get on because I have just been referred to hospital myself for TMJ I have suffered with it for years and it is getting really bad now. I haven't a clue as to what is going to happen and I am hoping everything is pain free.

What worries you about an MRI scan?

All the best to you, keep us posted.
 
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I know, I am hoping that someone with some TMJ expertise will respond to this thread...

I keep worrying that my disc is in fact, displaced without reduction. I have done a bit of random poking about the internet and sadly, that only serves to increase my fears about the worst possible outcome.

The MRI scan is scary in itself, I get claustrophobic, and it's not a pleasant test in that respect.
Then I worry about the results - what if it shows that my disc is displaced? How long has it been that way? Will I need surgery? I keep getting these distressing symptoms and I am worried they'll never go away.

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Bump.

Can anyone help?
 
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