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TMJ advice please

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Seadream, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Seadream

    Seadream New commenter

    I wondered whether anyone suffers and what treatment you have had (that works). I don't grind my teeth, I tense my jaw in my sleep. I am permanently tired and always have a lingering headache. I'm totally fed up with it and wondered what I can do. The doctor and dentist have confirmed that I have TMJ but have not recommended treatment except ibuprofen and sleeping tablets...
     
  2. Seadream

    Seadream New commenter

    I wondered whether anyone suffers and what treatment you have had (that works). I don't grind my teeth, I tense my jaw in my sleep. I am permanently tired and always have a lingering headache. I'm totally fed up with it and wondered what I can do. The doctor and dentist have confirmed that I have TMJ but have not recommended treatment except ibuprofen and sleeping tablets...
     
  3. I haven't. I do grind my teeth and was offered a mouthguard thing, which I believe is primarily intended to protect the teeth. It wouldn't stop the tensing of the jaw. In the end I didn't take up the offer because I had to start taking a tri-cyclic antidepressant for panic attacks. They relaxed me all over!
     
  4. Seadream

    Seadream New commenter

    Hmm, I take sertraline anti-d which isn't tricyclic -perhaps I should speak to my doctor about trying this.
     
  5. Red wine fan

    Red wine fan New commenter

    I suffered from it around 20 years ago and was successfully treated at the Dental Hospital in Manchester.

    I was given a mouthguard which was not to stop me grinding my teeth (never did that anyway) but to keep my lower jaw slightly apart from my upper one. I was also given ibruprofen. It worked in that I haven't had any problems since then but I was not on any other medication.

    A dentist friend at the time told me that most TMJ is stress-related and looking back, there was plenty of stress about then.
     
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Hypnosis to stop you tensing up in your sleep?
     

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