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Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

From Functional Pains to Central Sensitivity Syndromes

The following article in Medscape refers to TMD and some of its overlapping pain conditions as functional pains and proposes to change that description. Medscape is the leading online resource for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offeri

Are TMD Patients More Pain Sensitive? Maybe. But It's Complicated

TMD patients come in many different varieties. Some experience pain and dysfunction confined only to the jaw and/or the associated chewing muscles. Other TMD patients have jaw pain plus one or more other painful conditions elsewhere in the body. Scientis

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields

Introducing our TMD Nutrition Guide

The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food. How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status - an aspect of TMD that is often

Diane

  • Dec 29, 2015

I am 53 years old and have had five jaw surgeries. In the first surgery my lower jaw was lengthened. The second surgery bone spurs were removed and the discs were pulled back into place. For the third surgery in 1994, I had artificial joints by TMJ Implants, Inc. The fourth surgery was in August 2012 to remove the worn out joints and insert spacers.  The surgery was very lengthy--over 8 hours. Scar tissue that had formed was removed. One side was out of the hinge and the other side had screws floating in scar tissue. My jaw was wired shut for the first night; images were obtained and sent to the implant manufacturer. After the surgery I had swelling, pain, and facial paralysis. I had minimal movement of my upper lip, nose, and eyebrows. My fifth surgery was in October 2012 for which I received custom joints by TMJ Concepts.  Even though some modifications were necessary to make one of the joints fit, the surgery went very well and I had very little swelling. After a pain protocol was established, I was able to control the pain and chew soft foods.

Now I am three years post op, and I still have side effects from the surgeries. My eyebrows still do not move. I have some swelling in my cheeks and numbness on the right side. In January of 2016 I will have an eyebrow lift. I am also experiencing a hooding effect, which affects my vision. This picture was taken in August of 2015. I'm progressing, but not as quickly as I would like.