Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Monday, June 13, 2011
Or more commonly known as TMJ. If you're a long time reader you know that I suffer from migraines - have since I was 4 years old. There is no cure, no magic drug that works every time...so I've learned to adjust as best I can and often just have to work through the pain. I have the same issue with TMJ.

Yes, before you ask, I do have a night guard I'm supposed to sleep in; however, I guess over time my teeth have adjusted since I had it made and it isn't very comfortable anymore, plus b/c I've apparently been sucking on the guard all night or something & I wake up with ridges on the edge of my tongue and insides of my cheeks. Yuck, I know just don't have any better way to explain this.

Lately my TMJ has really been giving me a lot of pain. And so far all I've really been able to do is deal with it just like with my migraines. I take OTC medications and hope they will ease the pain so that I can make it through the day. I find myself massaging my jaws throughout the day looking for some relief. My dentist has told me they could refit my night guard, but that wouldn't end the issue of the ridges the guard causes on my tongue & cheeks.

So, I'm not sure what my options really are to solve this problem. My coworker had TMJ so badly that she actually had arthritis in her jaw and ended up having surgery. I've read up a bit on TMJ and one site said that surgery wasn't a proven solution. It did work for my coworker, but it was a year of having her mouth wired shut I think...I don't think I really want to go through that, though she did tell me it's been six years and she has been pain free. Still, though surgery is a very, very last resort kind of thing. I haven't been back to the TMJ specialist, but with the pain I've been dealing with lately I think that might be something I do sooner rather than later...we'll see.

Other than dealing with this, things have been great - the work we're having done at the house is going great! I can't wait till it's all done! We've also done some work ourselves - new lights, paint, a few little aesthetic touches here & there. And regarding my last post about the spa and the movie - those were both great, too. The spa is so nice - it's a new one close to the house & it was wonderful. I got a great facial and pedicure. It was fabulous! I also got to have a girls' night out to attend an open house - Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Premiere Jewelry and a Purse Party! Saturday we stayed close to home most of the day b/c of all the work going on - but Saturday night went out with friends to see Hangover 2, then out afterwards for ice cream & drinks...in that order! LOL! The movie was hilarious!! VERY R rated, but so funny. I really was curious how they were going to out-do the first - well, they did!!

It was a good three day weekend for me...I hope you had a great weekend, too!