TMJ.....What's the best way to get rid of the problem once and for all?
My daughter, 17 has been experiencing TMJ for several months in her left jaw.
Her jaw is semi-locked in the morning, barely opens big enough to eat breakfast and pain when chewing. It gets less stiff as the day progresses but still hurts when chewing.
What's the best way to deal with TMJ?
Referred to your site by Kerri Knox at www.Easy-Immune-Health.com
I'll assume you read through TMJ
and the couple pages that link off of that, like the Pain Causing Dynamic
Now, some questions so I can have a more informed view of what's going on.
1. When you say 'locked' jaw, what exactly does that mean? Specifically, is a hard stop like the joint is out of whack, or does it just hurt to open it past a certain point.
2. What does the pain feel like? What does the 'lock' feel like?
3. Any blows or trauma to the jaw in the last few years (or ever). Car crash, sports accident, boxing practice, oral surgery, bad day at the dentist, etc?
4. Anything specific happen that started this?
5. Did it start slow and get worse, or just show up hurting one day?
6. Is your daughter stressed, nervous/anxious, had mental tramuma in
the near/far past?
7. Give me an idea of what/how she eats, meaning, what does a daily food intake look like?
8. Does she clench/grind her jaw at night? If so, how long has that been going on?
9. When she opens her jaw/chews, is there any joint grinding, popping, etc? Does one or both sides try to come out of joint?
Answer those questions and we'll go from there.----------------------
Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.
And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com