2 (3 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 ounce) solid packed pumpkin, chilled
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups milk
6 ice cubes
In blender combine cream cheese, pumpkin, yogurt, brown sugar, ice cream, spice, milk and ice cubes. Blend on high until consistency of a smoothie. Pour into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream, sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.
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We have compiled this list of tips from a group of expert TMJ disorder patients.. simple things they do to make living with TMJ disorder and jaw pain easier. We hope they help you! As always, let us know in the comments below if you have your own tips or any suggestions.
- A bag of frozen peas or corn makes a great ice pack for your jaw! They can be molded to your face or jaw and stay cold for quite a while. Just make sure you mark which veggies you are using as an ice pack so you don’t cook them for dinner! 🙂
- A coffee bean grinder is a good way to make crunchy, hard to eat items like roasted nuts, granola, and corn chips more edible if you have pain when chewing or a small opening.
- Smoothies can be pre-made in batches and frozen in ice cube trays. Then, pop them out of the ice cube trays and store them in zip lock bags in the freezer. That way you have smoothies on demand and don’t have to destroy the kitchen every time you are hungry!
- A good blender can end up being your new best friend. After wearing a few out, we like blenders that have multiple speeds & levels. Juicers are great too – just make sure you use organic fruits and veggies & clean them before juicing since you don’t want wax or chemicals in your juices! When choosing a juicer, be very careful because this is one area that has not come out with a cheap version that still does a good job. Magic Bullets (despite the cheesy infomercials!) can be handy to make single serving smoothies, soups, and other foods very quickly. If you prepare by buying any of these items before your surgery, test drive them by making several meals and freezing them so you will have food ready to go when you get home.
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Tomorrow at the American Pain Society annual meeting, scientists from University of Maryland Dental School and three other universities will be reporting on the first results from their OPPERA study. The OPPERA study is the largest study so far about TMJ disorder and jaw pain.… Read More »TMJ Disorder Study Reports First Results!
Over the years I have spoken with thousands of TMJ disorder patients, and have noticed that we ask very similar questions. I had a lot of these same questions when I started researching, but it was hard to find the answers.
1. Does anyone experience dizziness with TMJ disorder?
Yes. Many TMJD patients experience dizziness, and some experience a general off balance feeling. Sometimes this can be attributed to swelling in the joint that is putting stress on the inner ear. The inner ear is where your balance comes from.
2. Sometimes when I move my jaw, I hear a popping noise in my ear. Does this mean I have TMJ?
Maybe. Jaw noises do not 100%, all the time mean you have TMJ disorder. Some people have noises in their jaw joints, but never worry a day in their lives about developing TMJ. I think of it like a knee or ankle popping. Sometimes my knees pop when I go up and down the stairs, but I’m not too worried about developing a massive arthritis problem.