I was on here recently asking for information about RD suffers advise on jaw complaints. last week my jaw completely locked......this is what has happened since.
because my jaw had completely locked my dentist and GP got me jumped up the waiting list, which goes back to May last year!!! i attended my appointment yesterday. i had an x-ray done first and the i saw the Dental Surgeon. he looked at my x-ray while i was there. i'm no expert but even i could see the damage that has been done in the last 4 years.
he was also able to tell me that i have RD in my 'good' side that really surprised me as i have no pain there. he showed me the 'ball and socket' on the 'good' side which i could see clearly and then moved to the 'bad' side on the left of the screen and it was just a very large blur! i couldn't even see the ball or the socket, it looked like a cloud and not anything definable.
he simply said that there was nothing he could do for me unless it got worse and then i would have to go to somewhere in Britian ( I live in Ireland) for a jaw replacement. in the meantime i will just have to be doing with this and rely only pain relief to make it easier to live with. i got a steroid injection from my rheumy nurse on monday and it has helped but still not great. the DS did say it may not go back to what it was before it locked and i may just have to learn to live with it. so my only hope is that it gets worse and then something can be done....WONDERFUL!!!!
for those new to this the pain, for me and from most of the others i've talked to on here, is on one side and my sometime feel like an ear infection or a tooth ache. it is actually RD in your jaw and is not uncommon. ask your GP to refer you to a DS, if you have one.
all the best.