I've had TMJ since my thirities - I'm now 51. I know there is no natural cure for this and wondered how other poeple cope with the condition? I can eat normally and never get any pain, but I get bothered if I chew a lot (ie popcorn or a bag of nuts) and it then starts to grate a bit. After years of having this condition, I just wanted to exchange my experience with others.

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  • I would talk to your dentist about getting a bite guard to wear at night. I've had one for 2 years and it solved the problem.

  • Hi Linella. Excuse my ignorance! What is TMJ?


  • TMJ stands for Temporal Mandibular Joint. Each of us have two. Popping and cracking in the joints is a normal part of aging. It is not considered a problem unless there is pain involved. This is my opinion after 30 years working on dental offices. Don't open that wide unless necessary.

  • I wear an appliance in my mouth that my dentist made. I wear at night to keep me from clenching my jaws during sleep. It has helped tremendously

  • I have Fibromyalgia, and have been suffering with jaw, ear and head pain for quite a while now. My dentist says that I grind my teeth a lot at night, and this is causing this pain. He believes I have TMJ and has referred me to hosp to have it confirmed, and have a mouth guard fitted. I am still waiting for this appointment over a month on, and have had the most excrutiating migraines.

    Can anybody tell me if this mouth guard relieves ALL of these symptoms? I am really suffering with this right now!

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