I spent all of thursday night up with pain that i could not get rid of! Its very frustrating- I took Ibprofin pm before i went to bed (for some reason, my pain gets worse at night, does anyone else have this problem?), anticipating it. but i woke up an hour later with horrible pain in the jaw. I took more ibprofin, and the pain moved into my ear and temple- i finally used some icyhot cream on the whole side of my face (which works for about a half hour) and tried to lay down again. I was back up with pain that was just as bad a half hour later. so i finally got in the shower and let the hot water run on my face. that worked until i ran out of hot water. I finally just gave up and sat in front of the tv until it was time to leave for work (with my face throbbing the whole time), i left work about mid afternoon and went to the doctor who told me that i had an ear infection. can a bad ear infection (ruptured ear drum) really make TMJ worse, or did they just tell me this to get me out of their face? All they would give me for pain was 800 mg motrin (which only works when it wants to).
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