I believe I have TMJ. I have not been Dx, but from the research I have done, it sounds like what I am experiencing. I grind/clench my teeth a great deal, and I was given a mouth guard by a dentist back in 2000. Since then I have purchased another mouthguard (at the pharmacy) but I am not consistent in wearing it. Not only that, I tend to grind/clench alot, pretty much all of the time. I do not realize I do it - until I am doing it- and then when I become aware of it, I stop myself - only to realize I've started again. It's gotten to the point where my jaw is popping and locking up, I am getting severe headaches, my ears have been affected, I have severe light sensitivity, and the pain behind my eyes is often unbearable. I cannot hold anything with my teeth (i.e., if I have no free hands) b/c it is so tired/weak/painful. My psychiatrist put me on Buspar to treat anxiety which I think has contributed to the grinding/clenching/tmj getting worse - but the issue is still everpresent and becoming more of a pain. My neck is now being affected.. So where do I even begin as far as finding some relief ??
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