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TMJ (from grinding my teeth) ?????

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 26, 2007
  • 03:19 PM

I have a problem with with jaw poping/clicking. Especailly when i eat. I sleep with a mouthpiece all the time. It helps a little, but its not going away.


Anyone ever had TMJ and is now cured? How? Bruxism?


I have the following symptoms:

1. Jaw poping when eating/talking or laughing
2. Neck/shoulder pain (crackling all the time)
3. I breathe heavy (not sure if its from that)
4. VERY PAINFUL HEADACHES but the mouth piece seems to help
5. I get very little sleep, very uncomfortable (not matter how long i still wake up tired
6. The dentists I visit seem like idiots


I need help =(

btw: Im located in northern NJ

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  • I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome and I get TMJ problems though since having my wisdom teeth removed it isn't as much a problem as it used to be. I used to have a bite guard but could not use it at night as I choked on it. I used it during the day to help remind me to stop grinding and gritting my teeth. I lost it during a house move so asked a new dentist if he would make me another. He said he would not give anyone a bite guard for all the money in the country because they just make TMJ worse. He recommended cognitive behaviour therapy instead. He was a fantastic dentist who had a fair few people with medical problems so would rather believe him on this than any other dentist wanting to make money out of us.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 05:24 PM
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  • I just read recently that bruxism is in most cases cured by supplementing magnesium.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 06:07 PM
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  • Well.. I know for a fact that i grind my teeth at night. I slept last night without my mouth gaurd and i am having the worst headache possible. I looked at my teeth this morning and noticed that it was wore down. If i can stop grinding, i can surely cure my TMJ.I just read recently that bruxism is in most cases cured by supplementing magnesium.How would i go about doing this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 06:17 PM
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  • As my dentist explained to me using a mouth guard will help prevent your teeth grinding together but it will not stop you grinding them. The problem with the guards is you are misaligning your jaw and that causes more problems. This is why he suggested cognitive behaviour therapy instead of another guard.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 06:36 PM
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  • Buy a good quality magnesium supplement at a health food store or on Amazon. Magnesium oxide is the only one that's not so easily absorbed, so aim for magnesium citrate or magnesium chelate.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 06:41 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply guys i will take them into consideration.While doing some online research i found out that maybe certain types of fillings can do this...I have black fillings(is that mercury?) on my two back teeth (up top) And two white fillings on the bottom.I also have a crown molding on my front tooth.I feel a lot of discomfort in my mouth.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 07:11 PM
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  • Buy a good quality magnesium supplement at a health food store or on Amazon. Magnesium oxide is the only one that's not so easily absorbed, so aim for magnesium citrate or magnesium chelate.Do you know any good brands? Thanks much,Moe
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 07:37 PM
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  • Yes - Source Natural, Life Extension, Rainbow Light, Doctor's Best, Michael's, Nature Made, & Twin labs. I'm sure there are others as well. On secnd thought, stay away from mag citrate unless you tend to be constipated, as these can loosen your stools. Magnesium aspartate, chelate or malate (esp good if you have any fibromyalgia symptoms) are better choices if you already tend toward loose stools.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 07:58 PM
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  • Yes - Source Natural, Life Extension, Rainbow Light, Doctor's Best, Michael's, Nature Made, & Twin labs. I'm sure there are others as well. On secnd thought, stay away from mag citrate unless you tend to be constipated, as these can loosen your stools. Magnesium aspartate, chelate or malate (esp good if you have any fibromyalgia symptoms) are better choices if you already tend toward loose stools.Thanks for your quick replies. I will check amazon, and purchase a bottle. I hope this will be the ticket...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 02:36 PM
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  • Check out www.vitacost.com as they have incredible prices for supplements and great customer service! Also, have you considered trying acupuncture? It is very helpful for TMJ. I agree with the previous posting about cognitive behavior therapy. Perhaps you could search for an alternative practitioner in your area who does this. Visit www.acufinder.com to find an acupuncturist near you. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:28 PM
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