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Mar 16, 2017 · TMJ questions in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I have been a Dental Hygienist for 44 years. Sadly, I see many patients with TMJ of varying degrees. I have suffered with TMJ for 30+years. I have 2 night guards. One for night time & another more flexible guard for daytime.This daytime guard is flexible but still snug enough so as not to interfere with talking. And we dental hygienist like to talk !!
When My pain is not resolved by wearing a guard I take ibuprofen. I have tried “Mobic” but it does not work as well for me. I have taken Zanax but for me it is just a temporary fix. I also apply a topical ointment for pain & swelling “Pennsaid”. I do feel that my anxiety leads to “clenching”.
So often I do not realize that I am feeling anxious untill my TMJ begins to ache. Clenching sounds like such a harsh word. Our teeth can only tolerate the pressure we use while eating. So…any extra pressure on the teeth & surronding muscles,tendons & fibers is irritating.Thus leading to irritation of the Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ). Various things can lead to clenching….Chronic Pain and even Weight Lifting ! I did consult with an orthodontist but was given no guarantee that Braces would alleviate my TMJ.
At the beginning of my career we did not wear a mask or gloves !!! So,while cleaning teeth I tried to keep my mouth closed for esthetic reasons.Unknowingly,my upper & lower teeth where in contact. Just an example of unintentional clenching.
Many anti-depressants can cause “Bruxism” (grinding,clenching of the teeth). This is a term that is unfamiliar to many physicians.
Wow,that was “a mouth full” !!! I will keep you updated on any new findings. AND I will keep you in my prayers.

Jan 6, 2017 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Sending positive energy your way!

Jan 4, 2017 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

So happy for you! Did the same surgeon preform your 2nd Surgery ? Were you given any reason for the difference in outcome?
I will be having a revision (replacement) 2 1/2 years after 1st replacement. In the next few months.

Nov 13, 2016 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Do you mind telling me which Dr. at Mayo did you TKR ?

Nov 13, 2016 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Yes,My TKR was 2 1/2 years ago and I still have pain. I have Arthofibrosis which I bellieve was caused by very aggressive P.T for 4 months ! One suggestion is do not push yourself, Ice& elevate. For exercise, warm water arthritis classes helped burn calories. But did not relieve my pain or swelling.

Nov 13, 2016 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Hi ronnie3716, Do you have access to a “Pain Management Doctor”? Some Neurologists also “treat” chronic pain.

Nov 13, 2016 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

Wow !!! I am so happy that you are at peace with Your decision !!! AND thank You for your quick response to my questions !!

Nov 11, 2016 · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

I do hope by this time that you have gotten a response from Mayo Clinic. Who perormed your last 3 surgeries ? If one has Ortho surgery at Mayo are you required to have your Physical Therapy there also ?