Well, I have finally turned off my air conditioning in my bedroom and office… this is huge for me, considering I need the cool temperature when I sleep. When I had to start wearing a thick, fuzzy, long sleeved robe over my clothes at the… Read More »Tip Tuesday: How to Deal with Increased Jaw Pain from Cold Weather
From Medical News Today: Around 12 percent of people in the United States experience TMJ disorders at any one time. Women are affected more often than men, with 9 women to every 1 man experiencing severe pain and restricted jaw movement. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment… Read More »Great Article for Those Who Are New to TMJ Disorder.
We hear a lot from tmd patients who have problems with grinding and clenching. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind/clench them at… Read More »Grinding/Clenching Tips
If you are hearing ringing noise in your ears when there is no external sound source around you, chances are that you have tinnitus. Nearly a third of the population suffers from Tinnitus; ringing in the ears. And, of that third about 25% percent have… Read More »Tinnitus…..10 Things That You Can Do Starting Today
Does this sound familiar? Doctor: I want to get to the bottom of your complaint, identify it, understand it and treat it. Patient: I don’t want to be seen as hysterical or “stressed out”. Doctor: I want patients to present themselves… Read More »How to Get and Keep Your Doctors Attention
Tips to get us past “The Winter Blues” Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD): I’m sure you all have heard of it before. It comes with many names: winter blues, cabin fever, winter rut. It’s characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that… Read More »Tips for Winter Blues
With 10+ years behind me, I thought I’d post some thoughts on what it has been like, and most importantly, what I’ve learned, in the hopes that you could skip ahead a few years by applying these tips to your life. I’ve been through pretty… Read More »5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Thousands of TMJ Disorder Patients
TMJ disorder patients are often diagnosed with tinnitus. If you are hearing ringing noise in your ears when there is no external sound source around you, you may be experiencing tinnitus symptoms. The sounds you hear may be constant or at intervals. When the problem… Read More »Tinnitus and TMJ Disorder: 10 Remedies You Can Try Now
Managing medical bills, keeping track of doctor visits, filing insurance claims, and organizing medical records can all leave you feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few tips that can make managing TMJ disorder, or any chronic illness easier – and might stop you from pulling out your hair!
Records that are important to keep:
- Medical Bills
- Records of phone calls, emails and letters from doctors and insurers
- Insurance claims forms including claims filed, reimbursements, and explanations of benefits.
- Records of hospital stays, treatments, procedures, exams, lab tests, drugs prescribed and prescriptions filled.
Doctor Visits & Hospital Stays – What to Keep Track Of
Keep a log that includes:
1. Medical appointments
2. Prescriptions filled
3. Lab work
Whether you have insurance or not, this is an important thing to do. Keeping logs of appointments, prescriptions, procedures (and their costs) will help you when the bill comes around. Hospitals are notorious for including charges for things you didn’t even use. If you’re in the hospital, don’t rely on your memory to record the medications, tests, and procedures you have. If you can, assign a family member or friend to be your advocate…they can record everything for you so that it’s much easier to ask questions (and to talk with the insurance company if you have a dispute).Read More »Tips for Managing the Never Ending Mountain of Medical Paperwork & Files