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Jessica’s Arthroscopy Story, Part Two – Patients Who Give Us Hope!

TMJ arthroscopy story

This is part two of Jessica’s TMJ story. A couple days ago, we left off with Jessica telling us about her first arthroscopy. In this interview, we pick up with Jessica telling us about her most recent TMJ surgery. (Catch up on the first interview.)

Here’s the rest of our chat:

Stacy: Prior to your recent arthroscopy did you do anything
different?
Jessica: I changed my diet to soft foods, took muscle relaxers and
pain medication.  My dentist gave me some physical therapy
exercises, but they made the pain worse. I have become a
big proponent of MRI’s, but this time around my MRI came
back normal. I was confused because I had the same
symptoms as before.  I gave the report to my doctor and
found out that the MRI was read wrong. She said that a lot of
radiologists don’t have the experience, or the knowledge they
need to read a TMJ MRI, and as a result they get it wrong.

Stacy: Your current surgeon gave you the option of having
arthrocentesis the second time around, why did you choose
arthroscopy instead?
Jessica: I questioned why if I had a more invasive procedure the first
time would a more conservative procedure work this time?
Again I had zero quality of life. We talked about both options
and agreed to do arthroscopy again.  I had my second one
in June of this year.Read More »Jessica’s Arthroscopy Story, Part Two – Patients Who Give Us Hope!

Jessica's TMJ Disorder Story – A Patient Who Gives Us Hope!

We are excited to bring you the first of many TMJ patient interviews that we will be featuring here at TMJ Hope. Jessica & I were able to spend some time on the phone talking about her journey with TMJ disorder and TMJ arthroscopy.  Here’s our chat:

Stacy: Tell me a little about yourself Jessica.
Jessica: I am 22, live in PA. am a senior nursing student. I have had
TMJ disorder since I was 15.  It is only on the right side.

Stacy: How did you get diagnosed?
Jessica: I wish I could remember. When I was in middle school I chewed gum non stop. When I got into high school I started
having problems with clicking and popping when I chewed
and talked, it progressed until I was in pain all the time. We
started going around trying to get me into braces, but the
dentists said that we needed to find out what was going on
with my jaw.Read More »Jessica's TMJ Disorder Story – A Patient Who Gives Us Hope!

Jessica’s TMJ Disorder Story – A Patient Who Gives Us Hope!

We are excited to bring you the first of many TMJ patient interviews that we will be featuring here at TMJ Hope. Jessica & I were able to spend some time on the phone talking about her journey with TMJ disorder and TMJ arthroscopy.  Here’s our chat:

Stacy: Tell me a little about yourself Jessica.
Jessica: I am 22, live in PA. am a senior nursing student. I have had
TMJ disorder since I was 15.  It is only on the right side.

Stacy: How did you get diagnosed?
Jessica: I wish I could remember. When I was in middle school I chewed gum non stop. When I got into high school I started
having problems with clicking and popping when I chewed
and talked, it progressed until I was in pain all the time. We
started going around trying to get me into braces, but the
dentists said that we needed to find out what was going on
with my jaw.Read More »Jessica’s TMJ Disorder Story – A Patient Who Gives Us Hope!