Chronic upper-body muscle pain, pressure around teeth, difficulty breathing and sleeping
Female, 25, I have been experiencing a variety of symptoms over an extended period (3-4 years), which have been getting progressively worse
Chronic widespread muscle pain and stiffness (particularly in upper body, neck, shoulders arms, chest)
Tightness around teeth, particularly front
Difficulty breathing and swallowing, (recent)
tight throat and chest muscles
waking up abruptly at night
constant burning in nostrils and blocked nose upon waking (recent)
brain fog, difficulty concentrating
I have been to osteopath, years of physio (cortisone injections in shoulder, cervical traction, massage, accupuncture, mri of brain clear, neck clear, ultrasound therapy on scar tissue in muscles, dry needling for muscle knots, etc etc, cranio sacral therapy, vitamin and mineral supplements etc etc etc...
blood tests are all clear .
I am very confused, distressed and starting to feel a bit hopeless. I study in an non-anglophone country, and have difficulty communicating with the doctors I have been to who have suggested I take antidepressants, which i am not willing to do, as i feel there is something physical afoot. The instant they hear I cant sleep and see how upset I am about this, they suggest I see a psychiatrist and take antidepressants or soem kind of sedative I do not think this is a satisfactory solution for me, as I feel these symptoms must have a physical root. Being alone in a foregin country is also worrying me,as I'm not sure of how medically up to date their services are, and whether or not they have really understood what I menat when i try to explain my symptoms.
I do wonder about my extremely narrow upper jaw (missing 2 teeth )and large tongue situtation, as it has been suggested to me that these dental problems could be contribuitng to my symptoms, although a limited interdisciplinary dialogue seems to exist between medical and dental science, and many are slow to entertain such suggestions. All these symptoms began to appear in varying intensities followoing orthodontic relapse during which my upper arch has gradually been collapsing back inwards, which has lead me to consider it as a possible causative factor.
Has anyone hasd any similar symptoms and found resolution??
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A narrow jaw with a large tongue can cause snoring and disturbed sleep and chronic sleep fatigue could be the cause of your symptoms along with probably sleep apnea. You need to consult a sleep specialist and undergo some sleep studies. Along with this get evaluated for thyroid disorders, severe anemia, and diabetes. Also it will be worthwhile to consult a neurologist to rule out a nerve compression. If you have a dental problem, then I am sorry I cannot suggest much except consult a dentist.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
HI I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS, I WAKE UP0 AT NIGHT TO CATCH UP MY BREATHING, I DONT BREATH THRU NOSE, I HAVE SEVERE SPASMS ON MY SHOULDERS NECK AND BACK I HAVE TROUBLE DIGESTING FOOD(RECNT) MY SHOULDERS CRACK ALL THE TIME, I FEEL CONFUSED SOMETIMES, IF I GET STRESSED MY BREATHING BECOMES EVEN WORSE, I BITE MY TONGUE CONSTANTLY BECAUSE I NEED ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT FOR A VERY NARROW UPPER JAW, I HAVE TMJ PROBLEMS ALSO I READ YOUR POST CRYING CAUSE IS FIRST TIME I READ SOMEONE HAS MY SYMPTOMS AND I AM A BRAZILIAN GIRL IN THE USA AND FEEL I AM BEEN MISTREATED LIKE YOU ARE BY THE DOCTORS I AM ACTUALLY CONSIDERING LIVING ON DRUGS SINCE I CANT SEEM TO SORT MY SYMPTOMS(I AM WAITING FOR A ALFA BRACES TO BE PUT IN)) TIL THAN I AM OFF TO A PSYCHIATRIST
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