TMJ and Vertigo

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Sorry, I'm still not posting much here since my bad fall with head injury. I go out and do some needed things, but am tired. I have projects waiting for me but can't do them until I recover. The last couple of days, I've had a stomach bug so have gone to bed early. The longer I sleep, the worse TMJ pain I get. The fall rearranged my jaw a bit. I'm seeing the dentist on the 6th so will ask about it.

    I woke in the middle of the night with vertigo. I had to hold onto the wall or things to keep from falling over. My DSIL has TMJ which causes vertigo so I kinda knew what was happening. When I woke up, it was gone. I'm sure it depends on how I'm sleeping. I usually don't sleep on my back so there is pressure on one side of my face all night.

    So, here I am more than five weeks after falling and still having new symptoms. Does it ever end? I'm starting to think not. Just doing the chores of living are taking all my energy right now but will try to drop in more often. Hope everyone else is doing well.

    Love, Mikie
  2. greatgran2

    greatgran2 Member

    Oh, no you poor thing.. Vertigo is horrible.. it too triggers my anxiety..
    Will keep you in my prayers.. GG
  3. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Active Member

    I also have TMJ.....a dislocated jaw almost 20 years ago started the FM.

    4 years ago I woke in the morning so dizzy I couldn't even walk. After ear tests, MRI for the brain, and other tests, the doctor diagnosed meniers since I also had lost hearing in one ear and tinnitus. I was on a meniers board, doing lots of reading. I think what I've got is positional vertigo....look it up. As we age little "crystals" break off and float into a wrong part of the ear canal. These little rocks create havoc touching the hairs. Until they go back in the right place you have vertigo. I've learned I can't sleep on my back at all nor my right side so have had to learn to only sleep on left side which doesn't do my TMJ a lot of good. And yes.....terrible anxiety over when the next vertigo might hit.

    When the TMJ acts up it's soft foods for a couple of days or more until it slips back into place. And NO gum chewing at all or hard to chew foods. I don't eat things like steak anymore either.

    Another thing I do is heat a rice sock up and wrap it around my jaw. I have one of those fuzzy type socks that I slip over it....for some reason this becomes moist heat better than a regular sock, then I can wash this when it needs it.

    I'm sorry you're suffering so much from this fall.
  4. SherylS

    SherylS Member

    Do you have a chiropractor? That would be the first person I would visit if I took a fall like yours. Your whole back is probably out of alignment, which can definitely cause TMJ and vertigo. My chiro has gotten rid of both of these symptoms for me.
  5. neoplus1

    neoplus1 Member

    If you do see one, be very very selective. The ones that try to get you committed to 12 months worth of adjustments should be avoided. Those many adjustments are not needed.

    Hope your feeling better Mikie. Take care.
  6. MicheleK

    MicheleK Member

    So sorry you are going through all this Mikie. I hope the dentist will be of some help. We miss you, but you are doing the right thing in listening to your body and resisting the urge to come on the boards and party with us! LOL Hugs, Michele
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thank you all so very much for your kind support and helpful hints. I haven't had a problem since that once with the vertigo. I'm trying not to sleep where it puts too much pressure on my jaw. I move in my sleep, though, so who knows where I'll end up. My neighbor fell on her face too and the doc said it killed a nerve. Her face sags on one side. I wonder whether she had a stroke. I told her if it was a nerve, it's possible it will regenerate but it takes forever for nerves. I just feel grateful I didn't break my jaw, nose or another facial bone.

    Thanks again.

    BTW, Jam, I'm off the Guai now so can take supps again.

    Love, Mikie
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    To hear about your fall. I guess it just takes time to heal. I think falls are one of the worst things which can happen. This has been worse than auto accidents I've been in. In a fall, it seems the whole body gets a whiplash. I hope and pray you heal from this.

    You are right about not being able to do much. I have to rest a lot and everything is sooooo far behind here. Take care of yourself.

    Love, Mikie
  9. Nikki

    Nikki Member

    you're experiencing addn'l probs w/your fall.

    I posted about my fall that happened 2 wks ago on my way to see our 2 yo grandson in Houston. We, unfortunately, had to turn around an hr into our trip b/c I fell over the concrete bump in the parking lot. We had just parked the car and my open door hid the "bump" and I only saw the curb. My L foot caught on the "bump" and I went down hard.

    My hands were terribly bruised as were my knees; I broke 2 teeth . . . mouth is so very sore. I, too, believe my jaw was realigned. I had TMJ on my R side; now I have it on the L too. My hips are crunchy; can't believe I didn't break anything at least I don't think I did.

    But, everything still hurts except where my I had my back surgery; guess the rods and screws helped . . . but, it scared the daylights out of me and my husband. My surgeon confirmed all was okay with the back.

    I told my husband it felt like I had whiplash b/c my neck and shoulders hurt.
    I can hardly get up in the morning; but, once I move around some, the severe pain does lessen somewhat.

    I'm still so mad at myself for doing that. It's bad enought to have so many other health problems that aren't my fault w/o me causing more.

    Please, everyone, watch your step.

    Peace . . . and soft hugs.
    [This Message was Edited on 08/03/2012]
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I had thought I had responded to your post but with my memory now, I wouldn't swear to it. Your fall was much worse than mine. I hope you recover quickly. I am getting a bit better but it's taking time. I think part of the problem is due to having to be so inactive while I'm recovering. Now, my legs get weak when I do try to do anything.

    Yes, everyone, please watch out. We get so used to just walking around, maybe in a hurry or on auto pilot. Stop and take a look around, even in familiar territory. Be mindful of your movements.

    Love, Mikie
  11. Nikki

    Nikki Member

    I just couldn't remember what I had said . . . fibro fog . . . grrrrr. Just wanted to say I was glad your vertigo was gone . . . hope permanently.

    Many yrs back I returned from a cruise with vertigo; I played Dr. merry-go-round, until I decided to "jump" off and go to my primary dr. This was one of the few times a specialist (ENT) couldn't find the answer for me. Vertigo is miserable . . . my primary dr. got me on the right track.
    Hope the rest of your body recovers soon.

    Soft Hugs to All!

    [This Message was Edited on 08/04/2012]
  12. neoplus1

    neoplus1 Member

    Is awful. I have bad TMJ problems with jaw clenching and causing facial and head pain. It also causes me dizziness and vertigo. I have found some jaw stretches have helped quite a bit. I should probably also be wearing a mouth piece when I sleep at night but those things are expensive.
  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Has TMJ and it not only causes vertigo but also hearing loss on one side. I feel so bad for him.

    Thanks again for your responses.

    Love, Mikie