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Subject: TMJ and jaw clenching/teeth grinding question
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Anybody here have TMJ?  I'm not sure if I do or not, mostly because I have no insurance right now and can't go see anyone to find out.  My jaw has been hurting a lot recently.  I think part of it is the med I'm taking for depression, Celexa - one of the possible side effects is teeth grinding.  While I haven't been grinding my teeth (that I know of), I have noticed that I'm clenching my jaw.  Apparently I do this while I sleep and I also find myself doing it during the day.  My real question is what do you do for the pain?  My jaw has been hurting so much that its been making my whole head hurt.  I have Darvocet for my back injury, but even that doesn't really help the pain in my jaw.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Subject: TMJ-jaw clenching, etc
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 3:10 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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Layne ~

If you can get to a massage therapist who knows how to work the jaw/neck area, I think you'll be amazed at the relief!!

The pain of TMJ usually comes about from the jaw muscles being "unhappy" for whatever reason....teeth grinding, other injuries (you mention a back injury......) etc.   So part of treatment is addressing the "why" of what happened to make those muscles unhappy....(mouth splint to keep from clenching, chiropractic care, relaxation, healing of other injuries, also NO gum chewing)   and in addition making the muscles "happy" again.......a massage therapist can do wonders in this area.

You could try icing your jaw.......about 20 minutes per hour.   Takes inflammation down and quiets things.

You can also try chiropractic care.........


good luck.....hope you feel better soon!

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:41 AM ET
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I have TMJ on both sides.  Advil for inflamation. Use a warm cloth in the shower on your jaw. A mouth guard ( you can get one at Wal-Mart) will help with the grinding at night.  Get the kind that is moldable to your bite.  It's not a instance cure though. It took around a month to tell the difference with nightly use.

Chiroprator was no help at all to me but everyone is different.


Date Posted: 6/2/2008 5:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2008
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I have ground my teeth ever since I was little. I just recently got a mouth guard made for me by my dentist because my canines are worn down so much they are nearly flat and she said if I went much longer without them I wouldn't have any more enamel and would begin having problems. It's totally comfortable and has really helped. Since it was $500 I did try one of the ones you can buy at the drugstore first, but even molding it twice it was too big for my mouth and really uncomfortable. I would wake up in the middle of the night with my jaw in pain and have to take it out, which kind of defeated the purpose. Good luck working it out!
Date Posted: 7/14/2008 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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Chiropractor care helped me when my jaw was pretty much locked closed b/c of how bad the inflammation was.  I too have flat caninies and even chipped my teeth from this grinding.  I have a soft bite made from the dentist which was around $200 but I am wearing away at it already.  I should have went with the $500 one b/c in the long run it would have been cheaper.  I also tried the store ones and it was also too big for me and just akward feeling.  Ice helps me.  I would even get earaches from my grinding as well.   GL!

Date Posted: 8/18/2008 9:48 AM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2007
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My husband is a massage therapist and he has had a lot of help working these muscles for people, but the massage is definitely not a relaxing one.

If you are looking for someone who is good at the TMJ masage work, I'd call the closest Massage Therapy School and see if they have someone they can recommend.  Might be able to locate someone who has a lot of experience doing it and not just the session they have for it in school.

The work is painful (he's done some of it for me as I grind as well) but it really helps,.

Subject: A question
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2008
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A doctor told me I had TMJ but sometime I wonder if I got something else.  Do anyone here have bad headaches that run from the jaw to above the ear?  Those headaches occur when I get hot or cleaning the house.  I have to rest or get in front cold air.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:29 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2009
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Hi Layne L.,

Talk to your dentist/doctor first, but read below:

If you continue to grind/clench your teeth, you will wear down your teeth and will have massive pain .. I would recommend checking out in purchasing a non-expensive One-Size fits all night guard.

One-Size Night Guards (night, sports, general, etc.) are definitely a viable option, if you are experiencing grinding, clenching, or bruxism. I would recommend checking out www.totalgard.com - They have some great night guards that eliminate the issues I mentioned earlier. They are a proven distributor online and everyone seems satisfied with the company. Their night guards range from $10.95-24.95. Custom mouth guards from your doctor can range from $300-500+ .. I hope this helps!

Dave :D

Last Edited on: 9/2/09 1:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 1