Temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder

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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder

Postby Meringoo » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:12 pm

Hey ladies,

I am currently, and have been for over a year, suffering greatly with TMJ syndrome. I was wondering if anybody else has it, as I am struggling to find out very much. Currently, no amount of painkillers or anti-depressants are even taking the edge off. I must say, vodka seems to help a little but you know...I can't and shouldn't really be drinking on these tablets. Tonight I am due to the extreme pain I am in.

I feel like I have been repeatedly run over. Does anybody know about this condition? I have a gum splint to wear at night but it hasn't helped. I feel like tearing my flippin' hair out!

I was off work all last week, and have been signed off this week. I seriously don't know how much more I can take of this.

Thank you for reading xx
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Postby cherry219 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:19 am

Poor you :(

My DH has this, and is in terrible pain with it at times, but tbh nowhere near as bad as you describe - he's never been off work with it for example. He has, however, been offered surgery to correct it. I'm sure that if he's 'bad' enough for surgery, then that could be an option for you too?

Obviously that won't help in the short term, but go and see your GP, and push push push for a referral to a specialist.

Hope you get some relief x
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Postby Meringoo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:51 am

Thank you for your reply. I have a consultant, and I am due to see him again in February. In the meantime I am now taking Naproxen, paracetamol and the full dose of amitriptyline. I feel like a zombie! So sorry that your DH has this - it really is dreadful, particularly when it flares up!

I hope I will be offered something more constructive than painkillers at my next appointment. I think my TMJ disorder was made worse by a whiplash injury sustained in a car crash I had last April.

My GP has signed me off work again for next week - I feel so guilty and dreadful about it, and also embarrassed. Because I've been so ill with this, my endometriosis has flared up as well, so I'm not able to work, but I feel pretty useless! I guess I have to trust my doctor's judgement - I didn't ask for time off, only decent painkillers!

Hope you're ok xx
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