Tendonitis of the Jaw
I believe I am suffering from TMJ and have been for a while now.
My dentist fitted me with a night guard and so far that has helped with grinding/clenching my teeth at night.
I usually have very little pain when I wake up in the morning although my jaw muscles are usually tight.
I believe the stress that I place on my jaw and the tendons supporting it have led to inflammation that is repeatedly aggravated when I eat.
Even though I have made an active effort to control my clenching/grinding, the act of chewing causes a lot of pain and I don't know how to relieve it given what precipitates the pain.
I have considered going to a TMJ specialist, but they are extremely expensive.
I would like to know if there is anything I can do on my own to relieve the inflammation and pain so that my jaw tendons can heal and I can finally eat without pain.
Answers for Tendonitis of the Jaw
You're welcome. I am happy to help as I can.
TMJ is one of those insidious, near invisible problems that so many people suffer from.
There absolutely are some things you can do for yourself, at home (and for free:)
But first, give me some more information.
1. How long has this been going on.
2. Did it start with a little bit of pain and problem and then slowly get worse? Or did it come on all of a sudden?
3. Does it hurt only when you eat? All day long? Sometimes, or constantly?
4. Is it always the same level of pain? Or is it sometimes a 2 out of 10, sometimes a 6 out of ten, etc?
5. You said "I believe the stress that I place on my jaw and the tendons supporting it have led to inflammation that is repeatedly aggravated when I eat."
Well said. Whether it's 'tendonitis' of the jaw, or TMJ, or otherwise. The label isn't as important as the dynamic of tightness and resulting pain.
What do you think is causing you to place all that stress on your jaw?
6. Have you been in a car accident before, or had other head/neck/jaw trauma?
Let's see if we can find an obvious source of the stress that is having your jaw clench to such a degree.
Let's identify the pattern of pain, and to the degree that we can, the source.
And then reverse it and get your jaw back to normal.
Also, thumbs up on the night guard to help you avoid grinding/clenching/misalignment. Keep doing that.
Answer the above questions and then let's get you started.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com