Anyone have TMJ in addition to CFS/FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by twerp, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. twerp

    twerp New Member

    Happy Friday all,

    I've had CFS for about 6 years now. I've also been a teeth grinder both before and during this time. I was told I had TMJ as well, but did not experience any pain associated with that.

    I have a dental appliance, sort of a mouth guard which fits over my lower teeth, to prevent damage from the teeth grinding.

    For the past couple of weeks, I have had a lot of pain in my jaw/temple, as well as the teeth, on the right side of my face.

    Have been to the dentist and he sees no problem with my teeth and thinks the pain is due to the TMJ. I have been controlling the pain with ibuprofen and it's working so far, but I have to take 600MG every 4 hours or so.

    Has anyone else got this problem? And, if so, what do you do for relief?

    Thanks & Hugs,
    Twerp
  2. MsE

    MsE New Member

    I've had bouts of TMJ. The worst was when my jaw froze and I couldn't open my mouth for several days until I went to a chiropractor. He got it back in place quickly and easily.

    I don't grind my teeth, but my jaw clicks and snaps and gets sore.
  3. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    luckily I have it under control unless I drive in traffic or get seriously stressed.

    My dentist had suggested moist heat to the jaw when it was tight and hurting me.
    I had braces in my 40's (before they were considered fashionable) and that helped considerably with the daily pain.

    The more your jaw/face hurts the tighter the jaw joint gets which makes it hurt more which makes it tighter....well you get the picture. Hard to break the cycle.

    I hope you get some releif
    stephanie
  4. twerp

    twerp New Member

    Stephanie, What do you use for "moist heat"? A warm washcloth, a heating pad, or something else?

    Thanks,
    Twerp
  5. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    At the drug store in the section that has the hot water bottles or those heating wraps etc. there were a couple of choices that said moist heat. You wet part of it then put it in the microwave to heat up....voila!

    hope this helps.
  6. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

    I use a heating pad for heat.

    Gentle massage helps.

    The chiropractor showed me how to loosen the muscle in my jaw from inside my mouth.

    I'll attempt to describe it.

    Open your mouth wide then close about half way. Use your left thumb and feel behind the last bottom tooth on the right side. Run your thumb around the jaw area to the last tooth on the top. You have to put some pressure.

    I don't chew gum, don't eat nuts or raw veggies. The more my jaw hurts the softer food I eat.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/23/2007]
  7. jole

    jole Member

    I think there are quite a few of us that have it. My neurologist seems to think it goes with fibro because she sees it a lot. It seems the more other body pain I have, the more my jaw/teeth/temple area are affected also.

    The only thing I have done is eat soft foods until it lets up because it is unbearable to chew at those times, plus the fact that all the popping sounds really aggravate some people! :)
  8. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    bad car accident. I don't suffer that much from it any more but on occasion I do have problems - mostly in the form of earraches.

    You may already know this but don't chew gum or ice or anything else really hard. Before my surgery, the oral surgeon did a procedure to clean out cartilage. You can also try heat packs. Sorry I don't have better ideas.
  9. sugarpeach

    sugarpeach New Member

    i have had Tmj for as long as I have had FM. My orthodontist recomended massages. This really helped me. My massage therapist worked on the outside and the inside of my face. it really worked to loosen up those tense facial muscles. also i would try going on a really soft food diet, one that involves minimual moth movement. You should also try and talk only when necessary . All of this helped me get out of severe pain in about 6 weeks. Also no caffeine because this causes you to tense up your facial muscles even if you dont realize it. Peace, Susan
  10. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    I have TMJ & have worn mouthguards since 1983. (Ugh!) They usually last 1 year before I crack them, but the last one was made with a metal strip inside the plastic, so it is intact nearly 2 years into grinding.

    I've found my worst gringing is with elevated pain levels & serious shoulder problems. Worst recent pain was when dealing with myofasical dry needling which sent me through the roof days later.

    I also know accupuncture is often the answer for TMJ, though I've not done this myself.
  11. mommaof3_76

    mommaof3_76 New Member

    I was rear ended in Oct 05, by a gravel truck.

    I always had beautiful teeth, straight, perfect, no jaw issues...etc. Now, after the accident, due to the trauma and injuries to my neck..I clench, grind etc. I seen my doctor who then referred me to a TMJ specialist and I am just in the midst of getting a splint (not a night guard) that I will have to wear 18 out of 24 hours to prevent me from clenching (which can cause lock jaw etc and severe pain).

    I do not like heat...I tend to use more ice as I feel pressure and swelling when my jaw hurts..its all the muscles in the face...temple, jaw joint, and sinus cavities. The ice is VERY relieving!

    Hugs to you..

    Tracy