23 Nov TMJ: How to Treat it and Manage Your Stress
…Bring on Doctor #2. This man who I was initially skeptical of looked in my ear and said, “You don’t have an ear infection whatsoever. Your ear looks completely normal.” WHAT?!! I wanted to burst into tears (for about the 5th time). Here I had been laying on heating pads, taking ibuprofen and amoxicillin, missing way too much work and I was NOWHERE close to being better. I just wanted some relief! Just for 5 minutes. The pain would simply not cease.
Difficulty chewing or biting? Yup
Clicking Jaw? My jaw has done that for as long as I can remember
Neck/Jaw pain? Yes, well now that you mention it…
Earache without infection? Well… evidently yes!
Headache? I’d had a horrible one every morning this week
Combine these symptoms with the thought in the back of my mind: “I know I clench my jaw while I’m sleeping… I always wondered if that was bad.” It looks like TMJ was the culprit. Doctor #2 gave me some muscle anti-inflamitories and sent me on my way. Unfortunately this still wasn’t enough. I ended up at the Dentist the next day where they fit me for a mouth guard (way too expensive but at least it’s not giant, as dorky, or as obtrusive) and gave me muscle relaxants. And there the relief finally started. I honestly hate taking medicine but it wasn’t until I was prescribed muscle relaxants that I was truly able to sleep and relax myself.
1. Get Moving! (exercise)
2. Pray More
3. Take it one day at a time