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Jaw followup
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So I finally saw a specialist today.  I had a bit of a "who's on first" issue with getting this appointment; I saw my general doc on Feb 1.  She found someone to recommend me to, name only.  Having googled the recommended doc I found four different phone numbers so I ended up calling one office, and being told to call a different office.  When I called office #2 I was told that she's no longer seeing TMJ patients.  That nurse then gave me two other specialist names and I picked one.  I had an appointment scheduled for last Wed, but had to reschedule when rehearsals moved earlier.  Today's appointment was at 8am (ugh, really early in my world).

My jaw has been fully stuck since Feb 12.  (Stuck = only minimal opening, one piece of bread is fine, a sandwich with two pieces is no go.)Interestingly that means the pain level has dropped, because I'm not able to move the joint very far.

Dr. A is really nice, and a little hippy-dippy (he teaches meditation at Stanford).  We went through the basic health history stuff and then he watched me move my jaw.  His first comment "Wow, you are not faking this, it's really stuck."  Heh.  He also checked my accupressure points.  I do officially have TMJ, and more specifically articular disk displacement.  Dr A described the disk as being the tires on a car going up and down a driveway.  Except, flip that upside down because the driveway would be the skull and the mandible is the car.  When your jaw opens it rotates a first distance with the disk providing cushioning and torque between the bones, and then the disk rotates on a different axis to open the jaw the rest of the way.  My disk (tire) is stuck on something and won't rotate past the first step.

Fixing it will be a slow process.  I'm getting a splint to wear all the time (except for eating) to open and relax the muscles at the back of my jaw, and then we'll work on gently getting the disk back into place.  If gentle doesn't work then we'll be firm.  I don't have an eta for better, but at least there's a plan.

I do wish the office took my insurance, instead they'll submit for you but demand payment up front.  So there goes my tax refund.  Whee!


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I'm glad you like the doctor, that's half the battle these days. I have TMJ, caused from partially dislocating my jaw a few years ago. First it was stuck open, then it was stuck closed. Lucky for me, it was a matter of just pushing "rod a" into "slot b" and everything went together again. Not lucky for me, it can now happen again, more easily. So I try not to get punched in the face :P

Hopefully you'll get enough back to still buy pots and pans!!

Punching in the face is bad, I think you're right to avoid it. Heh. I am a little worried that whatever this could keep happening but I'm hoping once we get it aligned correctly again I'll be good. I'm going in for the splint thing this morning, so we'll see how that goes.

We need pots and pans, we're still using some things I bought 15 years ago, and what I could afford 15 years ago wasn't really meant to last this long.

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