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And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments: “AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The

What Allen Told the Committee

Allen Cowley addressed the second open-to-the-public meeting of the National Institute of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) held on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. No stranger to the world of TMD, Dr. Cowley is the hus

Some Thoughts on Depression

It is hardly surprising that the chronic pain and limitations in function that many long-time TMJ patients experience can be accompanied by a state of depression, a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness.

Upcoming NAM Public Webinars on TMD

The National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment is hosting two public web conferences on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 31.   Webinar 1: Pati

The NAM Committee Heard from Patients, Too

At the March 28, 2019 public meeting NAM committee members had a chance to hear from TMD patients who had submitted testimony for the record.

Teshania's Story

  • Dec 15, 2015

My name is Teshania, and I would like to share my TMJ story. Back in May 2012, I felt like I had an ear infection but also severe pain in my jaw. The pain was so bad that I could not close my mouth completely. I would hear a lot of popping in my ear as well and could not understand what was going on. I tried to associate the symptoms with allergies by taking different types of allergy medications, but they did not work. To make a long story short, I ended up seeing six doctors, an ENT specialist, a dentist and an orthodontist. They prescribed Naproxen, Robaxin, Tramadol, and a muscle relaxer. I was even fitted for a night guard. Two doctors told me I would just have to live with it. As a military spouse rather than a veteran, I was denied physical therapy.

Since then, the jaw pain and most of the popping in my ear has gone away. I still live with a feeling of tightness in my jaw joint. It does get bad at night, but I just deal with it. I exercise, do jaw exercises, stretch daily, and avoid hard foods. Also, I'm working on a soft food/no sugar meal plan. A bad habit of cheek chewing and phone cradling may explain why the discomfort hasn't completely gone away. To help, I just purchased a gel beaded TMJ relief head wrap. 

Praying for a cure, I hope I don't have to live the rest of my life with this discomfort.  I wish the same for others who are dealing with this disorder. Thanks for listening. 

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cmmessin56 - Saturday, October 31, 2015
I just wanted to let you know I am a US Air Force Veteran. My TMJ problems began in the Military in 1984. Multiple surgeries both jaws and medically discharged in 1992. I am greatful that my condition is treted very well from the VA Dental Clinic. My first thing I did after discharge was to apply for benefits. I just wanted to make sure my TMJ eould be tsjen care, as I new it would be very costly. I do not know how You and Other TMJ sufferers handle the pain physically amd mentally. Without my TMJ Oral Surgery Department Staff, I literally do not know what and where i would be now. Take care!