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Re: TMJ Alisha

Posted by Dr. Bob on June 22, 2004, at 7:20:03

In reply to Re: TMJ, posted by Alisha on June 17, 2004, at 21:33:16

Posted by Alisha on June 17, 2004, at 21:33:16

> I've had TMJ for the past four and a half years. Within that span of time, I've been put on medications as well as splint/mouth guard therapy. A splint and mouth guard are the same thing, though the duration it stays in one's mouth is dictated by one's physical pain and doctor recommendation. I just wear mine at night and receive the greatest amount of muscle-tension relief. The jaw joints themselves do not stop hurting, but there is a considerable difference in the quality of sleep I get by using the splint. As for the medications to control the pain...they help but the side effects are not pleasant. Right now I'm on 4800 mg of Neurontin, 60 mg of Baclofen, 40 mg Adderall, 25 mg Vioxx, 120 mg Inderall, and 30 mg Remeron. The Neurontin, Baclofen, and Vioxx help with TMJ pain; Adderall counteracts the side effects of Neurontin and Baclofen; Inderall alleviates daily headaches associated with my TMJ pain; and the Remeron helps with sleeping and depression (mostly due to chronic TMJ pain). When it is severe enough to require surgery, as mine is, things get a little more complicated than 'it comes and goes' TMJ pain.




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