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Tmj exhausted

I don't know if any of you have this same issue but tmj for most is a passing issue unfortunately because my was the resultof repeated trauma mine isn't the tmj depression endametriosis migraines tension headaches and tinitus are like a literal wieght. I have been scared by th lose of noticeable teeth and my self esteem is on the floor but worst of all every single day is just exhausting. I work full time I have a very understanding boss but honestly I just don't know how much more I can do this. I am not suicidal but I need to give up work. Because simply it makes me sick. It make things worse. What are my options does anyone know? Or is surgery a way out of all this pain? Need advice please :0)

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Thankfully I am retired, so don't have work as an issue, which is just as well cos I don't think I could do work and pain.

Hopefully you have support to help you make the best decisions for you.

Wishing you luck.



Hi Kit1973 Try to look for crashdoll on this site, I don't know if what she has is the same but may be able to give you some advice

Good luck Sheryl x


Hi, I'm sorry you're experience this.

I've had, and still get this pain. I had 12 years of wrong and damaging treatment from a wannabe TMJ expert and it made things 10 times worse, screwed up my nervous system, ended up on sleep pills and Diazepam & antidepressants & a mouthful of distorted teeth. I found a great prosthodontist and orthodontist, who over the course of 18 months did as much corrective work as they could, in getting my bite correct which was successful as could be due to the damage caused. Now, I do still get those extreme jaw/temporal headaches when I'm stressed and tense and clenching my teeth at night. Painkillers don't touch it, I find I have to relax relax relax.

I'd say to you as a first step ask your GP or dentist to refer you to a maxilofacial surgeon on the NHS. You could also arrange to see the same one privately. If you're thinking about going for TMJ work privately, or a consultant Please do your homework. A good prosthodontist can help restore your bite by whatever means is needed. I don't have the crippling vertigo I used to get, since having the corrective work and now a good bite. I do wear a retainer at night tho. Sorry it's so long but I do know what this pain is like and I wouldn't want to see you fall into the wrong hands, but find the best option for you. There is hope, you just need to find what's right for you. All the best with it. x


Thank you so much for this. I am a 16 year old girl who is trying to return to school and sports, and I have recently developed really bad TMJ. I have always had it, but I have been grinding my teeth a lot more and now my jaw is seriously messed up. I tried to talk to my dentist about it, who is supposed to be a pediatric specialist, and he told me to have BETTER POSTURE. I am sure this plays a role, but are you kidding? I am in debilitating pain, and he refused to offer me any kind of actual help or advice. Do you think it would be better to go to an oral/maxilofacial surgeon, or an orthodontist for my problem? I'm really not sure what to do at this point. All I know is that I cannot keep living with the constant headaches, intense dizziness, facial pressure, neck pain, etc. all the time. It is literally taking over my life, and I really need some help.


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