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Posted by TexasChic on September 24, 2004, at 21:12:33

In reply to Re: TMJ, posted by Catgirl on September 23, 2004, at 18:43:22

> TMJ is incredibly painful. I've had it for over 10 years now. I had a bad headache 24-7. By the time I went to see someone, I would have given them every penny I had to make the pain stop. It ended up costing a lot, insurance didn't cover a lot of it. I had my bite adjusted, and it has helped quite a bit but I still have flare-ups. Most of the pain comes with stress and if I eat something too chewy. I clench. I don't do it while I am awake now, just when I'm asleep.
> I'm glad to talk to someone who can relate, but sorry that you have to deal with it too.>

Back at ya. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Mine was 24/7 as well, and of course, no one wants to give you narcotics for it! And that's the only thing that works. My surgery did help, but when I'm stressed like I am now, it flares up with a vengence.

I also have chronic pelvic pain which is currently under control with birth control pills. But when I was 15 and had pain so bad it make me throw up for two days every month, it was quite traumatic. I had surgery for that too, as well as Lupron shots, which puts you into a medically induced menopause not fun, let me tell you. So since my doctor couldn't fix it, and you can't exactly prove pain, it was detemined I must be a drug seeker. Luckily I stumbled upon a BC that miraculously helped (I had tried dozens and dozens before that), and now take them around the clock. No period, no pain.

So with all this along with my anxiety, depression, and OCD, I pretty much feel like a medical freak. Its hard to get anyone to believe I'm not a hypocondriac. Man, no wonder I'm so screwed up!

But yet I still feel like a whiner.




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