Has anyone heard of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder???
If not so familiar to everyone..it is a disorder of joints of the jaws that may be caused by Malocclusion (Bad Bite) or the following which are according to the articles I surfed on the net:
-- An injury - either directly to the joint or to the head and neck
-- The jaw joints are susceptible to the same diseases as other joints in the body, such as osteoarthritis (progressive degeneration of the joint with bony changes, destruction of the disk, and muscle pain), rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
-- causal factors include genetic/congenital factors, gender, and aging. Little research has been conducted in these areas.
-- Work Habits or Posture
-- or even abscessed teeth...
According to my doctors, ENT specialists, Optalmologist, Otolaryngologist, and Orthodontist who after several physical examinations, laboratories and interviews concluded that I have this disorder until I was referred to my present good Ortho-TMJ specialist and told me the same opinion based on the physical examinations plus the numerous symptoms I have been suffering from for several years now.
As for the treatment I must undergo Occlusal Equilibration when the tops of the teeth are reshaped and Occlusal Restoration which involves the replacement of reconstruction of teeth.
To make this treatment possible, I need to put on a Splint or Jaw Repositioner Appliance at all times. As for now, I've just had my second session for my face's muscle stimulation and ultrasound therapy to alleviate the pain.
After my first session, few symptoms like pain, itchiness and ringing in my ear were gone.
BUT... after my second session for the Muscle stimulation and ultrasound therapy, I began to have this cluster headache which is from neck to the back of my eye including severe ear pain for 3 days now.
On the first day, I took 500mg of painkiller which had no effect.
But in God's grace I was able to sleep and when I woke up the following morning, the pain was gone.
When afternoon came, my husband and I decided to swim on the roof deck because of the high temperature nowadays. I thought the coolness of the water would refresh me from the heat of the day...unexpectedly, it caused me severe pain in both of my ears!!!! Unbelieavable!!!
From then, got headache and the pain on the left side of my head had started again until today.
As of now, I don't know what I should do next for me to be free from this pain...which is sometimes unbearable.
My doctor just told me to have an appointment with her this coming Monday to have further tests...tests for what? tests to know where the pain is coming exactly? tests to know how to get rid of the pain? shouldn't those further tests come first before the treatment begins? what should i do??
By the way, this TMJ disorder treatment lasts for 6 months!!!
I'm just thankful to my husband who is very supportive and whenever I am in pain, he's always there to take care of me. A great, big hug would really often lessens the pain!!!
But today, he went back to Korea for his VISA. I actually do feel sad...because I MISS HIM SO MUCH! As soon as I heard his voice when he called up tonight, I couldn't bear not to weep and all I could say is that I miss him.
Well, knowing my husband, he seldom speaks out his emotions, but on the phone tonight, he did say he misses me too. (Super babaw ko no?..hehehe) And he didn't forget to ask if I am feeling better or got no more headache or any pain....(e di mas lalo naman akong natuwa kahit masakit pa ulo ko...hahahha) hanggang ngayon medyo kinikilig pa ako at sobrang miss ko na sya.
Pero in few days, he'll be back here!!!
Anyway, if you have any suggestion or knowledge on what I should about these pains I've been suffering, please do tell me.
Thanks and God Bless Everyone!