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.
3. Do Botox injections decrease TMJ related muscle spasms or jaw pain?
Here’s the thing… we don’t really know. I hate to tell you that because I know it doesn’t really help.. but it is the truth. 😉 We did recently have a great thread starting up on the forum about Botox and TMJ, though. You should read it. In the meantime, please remember that Botox is not FDA approved for the treatment of TMJ disorder or jaw pain. It is usually not covered by insurance, either.
4. Have you heard of any pillows that make sleeping with TMJ disorder easier?
Not yet. Everyone seems to have their own solution here. As of yet we haven’t found one particular pillow that most TMJD patients seem to adore… but we hope that will change soon. Good news though! We will be starting product reviews here on the blog and pillows are the very first review going up! In the mean time, I have heard patients that really like using the Micro Bead Therapy Pillow and some like the Tempurpedic type pillows.
5. Is there a cure for TMJ disorder?
NO, not yet. There is no cure for TMJ disorder. Despite what you may read on the internet, and the scammy, spammy “programs” that make me nauseated, people (who are NOT medical professionals) may be trying to sell you things that tell you otherwise. Again, though: at the moment there is not a cure for TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a condition that becomes chronic for some patients…it CAN be controlled. Developing a multi-disciplinary team to help manage the pain and symptoms has been shown repeatedly to be very helpful in managing TMJD.
We also find that the support available from your patient peers here at TMJ Hope is so incredibly important! Learning from those who have already gone through what you are going through, and knowing that you aren’t alone… these things help all of us THRIVE with TMJ disorder!
What other questions do YOU have? Comment below or send us your questions and we may feature them in one of our next blog posts!