I also wanna add.. sometimes I get off balance and a little dizzy... could an inner ear infection do this? or fluids on the ear due to allergies etc?
also... I know I need to get my wisdom teeth extracted at some point in my life... but I hate to admit this... but "I am so scared of this procedure!"
All I can think about is the pain... the anesthesia.. not waking up after it... etc.
Do you have to have anesthesia? Or can they just numb you? My wisdom teeth are grown in... so they should just be able to numb them and pull them right?
I know you're probably looking for more input other than mine yesterday, but I don't believe I told you that my teeth hurt and are very sensitive. This is all due to the facial tension and clenching.
I really don't think you have anything to worry about : )
You are the best!
I'm honestly thinking it's actually connected to the way I sleep at night... b/c my neck is SO stiff and hurts SO bad! So I'm going to do some serious massaging on my neck this week and see if that reliefs it. Everything is connected in the body... so it could be a neck alignment ordeal as well!
Honey, you probably grind your teeth at night. You just don't know it. So, in a sense you're right about it being the way you sleep.
Yes, it could be a problem with your neck, but if you have never had neck pain before all this started, then it is most likely the grinding and clenching.
Another idea. If you use two pillows at night, maybe switch to one. I used two pillows to help me breathe better, but that was making my neck sore, so I started using just one again. I wonder if you sleep on your left side. If so, try going to sleep on your right and see if that brings any relief.
Thanks again! I have a mechanical neck massager I borrowed from my mother... it's really nice... it has the balls that move up and down etc... and it relieved my neck tension... and surprisingly my jaw isnt hurting right now when i yawn etc.
I'm gonna keep up the muscle relaxing/massaging techniques and try to be so tense.
You see I've had a lot happen in the past couple of months... my wife and my child just moved back into our home that caught fire 5 months ago... it's gorgeous and we have all new stuff and upgrades... but it still doesnt feel like home yet... its getting there...
also, i just got a job promotion at my work... and it's paying me graciously... enough to where my wife can stay at home with our child and not have to work. =)
It's a good change... and I'm doing what I love to do, which is video production/editing for branson.com... but it's CHANGE... so much change in the past couple of months...
I'm gonna ride this out... and if i dont feel better... im gonna get back on the lexapro... it might take the edge off for me... and relax me. =)
Peace out Jade59!
You are the best! =)
If you ever need to talk, let me know! =)
I will tell you, I clench my jaw constantly, and don't even realize I am doing it. I have the same issues, my jaw is always sore. I try to catch myself clenching, and stop, but like I said, most of the time, I don't even realize I am doing it. This can cause ear aches, headaches, pain when chewing, it can wreak havoc on your teeth! My jaw gets extremely tired when I chew things like steak or gum. Try to be aware of it, and see if you can notice when you are doing it.
Good Luck to you!
Have you seen a dentist? An ear doctor? If not, you're in the dark here. I used to have that problem with the jaw, but it wasn't TMJ, it was because I kept getting elbowed playing basketball! It lasted for years, then after I stopped kung fu and basketball, it went away. Because I wasn't getting smashed anymore. But if you're grinding, a mouthpiece from a dentist will help preserve your teeth, which is a good thing. Now, I have an ear fullness which is irritating, I ended up seeing an ENT and he said it was probably clenching, then I read that Lexapro, which I'm taking in a fruitless effort to recover from Paxil withdrawal, causes clenching! So it could be anything. I'd see a dentist.
i thought my tmj was a inner ear infection at first also but i went to the dr an no ear infection,. so i havent been back to the drs because of my anxiety an my agrophobia so i looked up on the net about everything i possibly could an i found tmj i have so many symptoms an i went 2 weeks with not being able to literally walk to my bathroom with out feeling i was gonna fall over so i got a mouth guard a sports on to start off with it made me feel so much better but hen it was getting to big for mouth so i went with a denteck one an i got so tired of melting those things so i found a iste that does acrylic mouth guards so i wear it 24/7
i can tell when im really stressed because my tmj flares up an all i can do is lay in bed with ice packs to even remotely get ti to settle down there are some days my anxiety is so bad i my tmj is so bad all day long but then others im ok with the tmj just the panic attacks