My Jaw Really Hurts

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by granmama, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. granmama

    granmama New Member

    Yes, I have TMJ, right jaw. It gets out of alignment and is popping frequently with more pain. I actually have to re-align my mouth so my upper and lower teeth match, THAT HURTS! But it's the only way I can chew. I can't open my mouth wide to even yawn.

    What's a person to do? My dentist suggested some exercises for TMJ, but I haven't seen any improvement. Massaging the jaw helps.
    Would heat help?

    granmama
  2. 1Writer

    1Writer New Member

    but mine doesn't get quite as bad as yours, but my daughter's does and she usually ends up taking a valium for it to relax her jaw...if you don't have any meds for it, talk to your dentist or your PCP and get something...and also a heating pad helps, too. Some people have had great success w/mouthpieces that they have made to where when they sleep, as that seems to be when most of the TMJ damage is done...while we sleep...grinding our teeth, yawning, etc. I hope this info helps.
    1Writer
  3. kristine

    kristine New Member

    ..i have never been dx with tmj, but, i think that i have it..i haven't had any problems from it in months...i have had the flu for almost 2 weeks, and am finally getting over it now...but, now my jaw has been hurting..i think it may be coming from the ear
    (fluid)..i have been using a hot rice sock...it seems to help some.....in combination with pain medicine....i know how you feel.....it's like a toothache, but, it's not.....try the rice sock...it may help you...kristine
  4. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    One of the reasons I started on Klonopin was to help with my TMJ. It made a huge difference. Now I rarely have a problem. Before that I was eating a soft diet as much as possible. Things like applesauce, eggs, yogurt, soup, etc. Anything that doesn't require a lot of chewing.

    I know some people use a mouthpiece when they sleep, as mentioned above. I talked to my dentist about it, but the cost put me off, at least for the time being.

    Barbara
  5. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I am on Klonopin 1mg at night. Sometimes though, it doesn't seem to be enough, legs still restless.

    I haven't heard about it helping TMJ though.
    I see a pain specialist this Thursday, I'll ask him about it too.

    I will also try the rice sock. Oops, out of rice...gotta go to the store tomorrow!

    thanks,
    granmama
  6. sheri

    sheri New Member

    sorry about your jaw, that hurts!! I guess my post is just a sympathy one because I have had that pain on the right side also. I was never diagnosed w/tmj , but I didn't persue it...I do have trouble w/the "hinges" of my jaws sometimes, ex; open and trouble maneuvering the joint to close . I am careful too about opening my mouth too wide because once, a very long time ago, but it was so awful that I had a terrible time closing my mouth.(I was about in 5th grade and had yawned. and much to my horror, couldn't close my mouth for a long time. That has stuck w/me all these years. Funny what we remember. Wonder what the teacher thought?:) Take care, hope you improve, blessings, sheri
  7. Boysmom1

    Boysmom1 New Member

    I was diagnosed with TMJ by an oral surgeon. he just told me to eat soft foods-alot of good that did when I was in pain. Sometimes it gets so bad it hurts to talk. You can buy inexpensive athletic mouth peices to wear at night if you are a night-time tooth grinder like me. I have been helped by taking OTC anti-inflammatory meds. Another thing that you may find interesting is what my chiro told me to do- she said to put a cork between your teeth and relax you jaw. It works! When I tried it, it made me realize how tense my jaws were all the time. this helps me when I get a flare up.

    Michelle
  8. Rumpsonfire

    Rumpsonfire New Member

    I have TMJ problems also. I have been having more problems with it in the past few months than I ever have. On another message board this topic came up too and someone suggested getting one of those hairbands that are like an cloth elastic strap that goes around the back of the neck and up to the forehead...well I guess an easier description would be like a exercise sweat band. Anyhow, you find one that is strechy enough and wide enough to wrap around the bottom of your chin and up to the back of your head. Kinda looking like head gear wrestlers wear. This helps to keep your jaw in place while sleeping. I have found that heat helps but thats about it...

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Amanda's Rumpsonfire