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Jaw pain

I I have had jaw pain ever since towards the end of my ortho treatment, it's throbs pain goes to my head neck shoulders sometimes I feel like I can't get out of bed I've been to chiropractors dentist Chinese medicines GPS everything I love on pain killer panadol and mersondyle when really bad and can't sleep because of it, I recently had a splint made have been wearing it for 2 weeks so far no change maybe a little bit 10% ever since wearing my splint it has made my teeth feel different when I bite together like they don't fit together correctly is his normal? Will the splint help? if so how long?  any success stories from this sort of pain is so how?Please help I can't handle this pain any longer feel like giving up! thanks
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You say it is a throbbing pain.  When a person says throbbing jaw pain, one thing a medical doctor should want to check out is your heart.  Because females can have jaw pain when there is a heart attack even.  So, please get your heart checked out.  Also, ask about a doppler study to make sure your carotid arteries in your neck are patent, without blockage.  

Next, why did you get the splint made?  Do you grind, clench, or have arthritis evidenced in jaw joint x-raying?  TMJ dysfunction can lead to migraine pain.  I personally clench at night and have osteoarthritis in my joints and a hard, flat-planed splint does help me.  Last time I forgot to wear mine, I got a horrific migraine headache.  

In more recent times, after years of suffering, I have gotten MRI imaging of my TMJ joints and I have dislocated discs, both when mouth is in closed position, and one still dislocated even when my mouth opens.  I am currently trying to see if I can get arthroscopic surgery, which is for only a very small percentage of TMJ dysfunction patients who don't get adequate help from more conservative treatments.

TMJ pain can be hard to endure, but don't give up!  
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