Me and TMJ Part 1

For the longest time, I have heard a clicking/popping noise on the left side of my face when I would open my mouth wide, chew food or yawn. Nung una akala ko normal lang and everybody had the same experience as mine. Tapos when a friend of mine complained that he had the same clicking/popping noise and called it TMJ that is when I realized hindi pala normal.  At first there was no pain at all, it was just a source of amusement to friends when I would let them listen to my jaw clicking/popping, only a week ago did I feel pain.

It started one Tuesday evening on the way to a friend’s birthday dinner. I yawned (eh normal lang naman ang humikab di ba?) and felt pain on the left side of my face and for a moment I thought my jaw would lock. Hindi ko pinansin until it was time to eat, I couldnt open my mouth fully for the spoon. Panic ako, pero di ko naman pinahalata to the other guests since I could still talk and breathe properly. Pero since then, dusa na ang meal times. The other day I started eating while a Nip Tuck episode started – I finished exactly the same time the episode ended. 45 minute tv dinner.

Here’s TMJ as explained by Wikipedia:

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment. Because the disorder transcends the boundaries between several health-care disciplines — in particular, dentistry and neurology — there is a variety of treatment approaches.

The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to many of the conditions that affect other joints in the body, including ankylosis, arthritis, trauma, dislocations, developmental anomalies, and neoplasia.

An older name for the condition is “Costen’s syndrome”, after James B. Costen, who partially characterized it in 1934.[1][2][3][4]

Signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder vary in their presentation and can be very complex, but are often simple. On average the symptoms will involve more than one of the numerous TMJ components: muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and the teeth.[5] Ear pain associated with the swelling of proximal tissue is a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache (particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Because of the pain nag decide na ako magpunta sa doctor. Nagpa set na ako ng appointment and I will not miss that. Kailangang gumaling na ito. Para kay PJ.



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