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Jaw pain

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  • Posted By: holly123
  • December 1, 2008
  • 01:29 PM

:mad: My jaw and ear have hurt for years now. I have been to the doc and the dentist,both say something diff. the doc gave me pills and told me i needed a mouth peice to sleep with,the dentist said i dont need a mouth piece..Well...Ihave taken the pills and ear drops,neather are working.It hurts to eat ,talk,chew.The cold weather makes it hurt more than enyother time of the year..Does any one know what this is?

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  • Maybe TMJ?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 03:46 AM
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  • Try the mouthpiece. It sounds like TMJ. Try here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 09:04 PM
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  • Its TMJ. I have it, I went to a dentist once in tears because I couldn't make the pain stop one day. I know how horrible the pain can get, I wish I could tell you that they had a secret way to fix it, but they don't. You can get surgery, its really expensive and I don't think most insurance companies cover it. I haven't gotten the surgery, I've heard it doesn't work, but when I am rich one day and get it, I will let you know. They tried selling me another mouthpiece. :( And they said that I should go to the ER. It gets worse depending on the weather. I use a hot/cold pack and it usually makes it better. (I like heat more, but when it is really bad I use it as an ice pack so it just numbs it partially). I have a really long one that i wrap around my head (from the top of my head to underneath my chin, it looks really goofy, so I wouldn't suggest going in public like that). Don't eat bagels or chew gum. Don't hold the phone using your ear and shoulder. I use a plastic football mouthpiece (which you can get at wal-mart for a couple dollars) at night now since I bit the really expensive one in half somehow. It works just as well for me. If you learn all the stuff that you should eat/not eat, and get the mouthpiece, use ice/heat, it can become manageable. feel better!
    alsonotadoctor 12 Replies
    • December 3, 2008
    • 05:40 AM
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