I have been through my share of health issues at the age of 24.... Right now TMJ being the most severe. I was diagnosed in 2004 when my dentist thought it was wisdom teeth comming through. I found out from the oral surgeon, that I had no upper wisdom teeth, that all of this pain comes from TMJ. He told me I needed this brace that my insurance doesn't cover. $325, I had to borrow the money. Anyway, it helped for a while. Before I got the brace I was in pain doctor thought I may have fibro myalgia. I was having back spasms, I was unable to turn my neck. I could barely move. I couldn't believe how much medication i was taking for this.... No one still never traced these problems to my TMJ but I have an idea. I was on percoset. Muscle relaxers, anti depressants, valium, NSAIDS, I was walking around like a zombie. Any way I start wearing this brace all the time except while I am eating. The pain starts to go away, but one day it breaks. It didn't take long for the spasms to begin. My bite is horrible. Without the brace my left molars don't touch. Sorry if I seem a bit derailed. I am venting and trying to put everything together. So I had to come up with the money for a new brace. I get the new one. And the pain goes away. Isn't there a more permanent solution? Anyway recently I got a crack in it and the pain is comming back. I thought I was done. I don't have insurance. I have a crappy job, I am going back to school in Sept. I don't know what to do... I am so upset, frustrated. I feel like I have to quit so I can get help from the government. It isn't fair. I want to work, I want to do better. Today at work, I was in so much pain I got sent home early. How many employers are going to put up with my health conditions. I need help. I don't have insurance. I am in lots of pain. I owe thousands of dollars in medical bills. right now I am surviving off of some muscle relaxers and ibupropen, but I seem to have built a tolerence for these medicines, they work but not as well. I have a still neck, tender to touch my head, pain around the ears, when I open and close my mouth it sounds like two plates rubing together. I am so at a fork in the road I need help......
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