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Help..Hubby grinds away most of the day….started after brain surgery repair to AVM…
Liked by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor
Hello @spott, and welcome to Connect.
If I may clarify, bruxism is excessive abnormal teeth grinding, correct? If you don’t mind sharing, do you mind sharing what AVM stands for? Brain surgery must have been quite scary, I hope your husband’s recovery is going well other than the bruxism. While we cannot provide medical diagnoses on Connect, we can try to find members who share similar experiences to share their stories and how they coped which is why it is helpful when you are willing to share a bit more about your situation.
Liked by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor, Amoreena
Hi there, yes Bruxism is teeth grinding, only happens during the day (thank goodness) .An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow and oxygen circulation.
Arteries are responsible for taking oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. Veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood back to the lungs and heart.
When an AVM disrupts this critical process, the surrounding tissues may not get enough oxygen, and the affected arteries and veins can weaken and rupture. If the AVM is in the brain and ruptures, it can cause bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage), stroke or brain damage.
An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Read more about brain arteriovenous malformation.
Hope that helps.. the AVM occured 19 years ago, he is lucky to be alive! yes he suffered a stroke L side affected and lost 50% of sight to both eyes..ie has no vision to the left….
extensive rehab he is able to complete most tasks..ie left hospital in a wheel chair, but no walks well.
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Thank you for taking the time to teach me and the community a bit more about the diagnoses you mentioned. I am also glad to hear that your husband is doing so well 19 years after his AVM. While I did not find anything directly referring to bruxism on Connect currently, there is a discussion on TMJ (temporomandibular joint) taking place that many members talk about many different symptoms. I reccomend at least giving the discussion a look here:
There is also a conversation that includes some discussion about AVM you may find value in joining. You can find that discussion here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/arteriovenous-malformation-avm-survivors-and-side-effects/.
Thank you for your help.
TMJ is such a terrible thing. Head pain kept me down for 2 years. No one believed the pain!!! Under control at this point. Learned the hard/expensive way that any dentist can claim to be a TMJ specialist without any specific qualifications. I finally did find one with the qualifications and the degrees to back him up. I now am on a soft diet and this pain is so much better. I clench/grind at night. As yes have found no solution for this as it is still due a bite that has been corrected as best can be done.
@spott Thankful your hubby is managing. Will follow this thread to see if an answer as to why hubby is grinding.
Blessings to you both.
Liked by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor, Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor
I DO understand!! suffered with TMJ waiting for over 5 years for an answer…surgery….WOW pain gone…never had bruxism tho..
We think ? that the 2 cerebral ops that Hubby had has caused his bruxism. mouth guards help him remember…
Blessings received and returned .
Liked by Jamie Olson, Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor, Parus
I am looking for assistance for a friend of mine. She has been suffering from several symptoms for the last 10+ years. She is 30 yrs old and has a slim build, about 5'4. She has anxiety and possibly PTSD, partly because of a past relationship. She has asthma, scoliosis and Reynaud's syndrome (phenomenon) . In addition to those she has one leg that is slightly shorter than the other by less than an inch. Also has teeth grinding issues, called bruxism and deals with constant jaw pain and migraine headaches. She is tense quite often, and when I say tense, I mean her whole body. She went to get a deep tissue massage and the massage therapist couldn't believe the knot that was on her upper back. She is on her 3rd mouth guard due to bruxism but this doesnt always help, in fact it rarely does. She always has trouble sleeping.
She is on the following drugs- atenolol
Ambien CR (zolpidem)
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol)
I truly want the best for her. With that being said, what can we do to start resolving this? She has seen many doctors but no one has yet to say what could be the issue. This all started back when she was in middle school. Bruxism may run in the family as well.
Hello @veranopage, welcome to Connect. I see that you posted a similar message in the Chronic Pain & Depression & Anxiety groups. You may noticed I moved your message to this existing discussion titled Bruxism. I did so, so that members who may have experiences to share could do so in one location rather than in multiple group and that the members who discussed bruxism previously would see your message as well. There may be a few discussions here on Connect that you may want to look through and participate in as well, as they are more specifically focused on some of the issues you discussed:
– Anxiety, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anxiety-1/
– Scoliosis, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/scoliosis-introduce-yourself/
– PTSD, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seroquel-for-anxiety-ptsd/
I would also like to invite @spott back to this discussion as they also talked about Bruxism and the challenges involved.
@veranopage, you mentioned quite a few issues for your friend, is Bruxism the most pressing issue for your friend at the moment?
Liked by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor, Parus
Why remove them? I am looking for information, the link sharing I am already familiar with
Thanks for your understanding! Mind me asking what kind of surgery you had and was there any symptoms you had like my friends?
Is that dentist located in MN?
There heart of the issue IS NOT bruxism, that is just one of the symptoms…. ugh
Furthermore, bruxism and TMJ are not the same!
I have bruxism and TMJ. One aggravates the other in my case. I am in need of having the splint built back up again. I am a clicher by day and a grinder by night.
Liked by Justin McClanahan, Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor
Hello everyone. The bruxing /grinding continues from Hubby, especially when he is "thinking". He is most times unaware of this. Honestly it is SO annoying…SO how i deal with it…I remove myself from the area..Sometimes i make him aware.
Dental visits have been non conclusive and we just cope.
Wishing you all the best for the Festive Season.
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