So went to the dentist today. He said I do have some TMJ disorder going on, although its worse on the left than the right (which is where the pain is). Xrays are negative for anything abnormal. He adjusted my bite and set me up to come back in a week to see if that helps the pain at all. Here's to hoping... :)
Hope that helps. How did he adjust your bite?
It really didn't help. Still having pain. Pretty much daily now, for some reason. He made my teeth fit together better by grinding the backs. (After having a tooth pulled about 10 years ago and not having any type of replacement, my teeth have moved and aren't fitting together well.) Have another appointment in a week, trying antibiotics this week to try to rule out parotid gland infection... We'll see... Gotta rule out all the other possibilities, I guess. Even tho he does say I have TMJ disorder (worse on the left)... I don't want TN to be the diagnosis, by far, but looks like I am heading there.... :( An answer and treatment is better than not knowing tho. Like J.I. Joe, knowing is half the battle!
Sorry it didn't help. I recently got "lined up" with invisalign, it helped for awhile but then things went back to their old ways. No, I don't want it to be TN for you either. I am not sure of your history here, but have you been to a neurologist yet and any of the drugs for the nerve pain? Generally, if they work at all it is an indicator of that. They use some of them like Tegretol as a Dx tool. But harder with Type 2 of course...
Have you noticed anything that triggers it? Or helps it? keep a journal of this for your records as you do your investigations. It's hard to keep track otherwise. Good luck to you.
p.s. hot pack, horizontal, sleep helps me, although I don't always get to do that. Neuro told me sleep will "reset" your pain cycle. Sometimes works.
Thank you. I really hate it for anyone that has experience enough to give advice. It must be miserable to be the "old hat" at being in such pain. THank you for the advice you give. I am realizing that I have trouble concentrating and thinking clearly at times lately. You have a great ability to focus in and give good pointers.