Expensive, invasive remedies are experiments on your body – whereas I found a natural cure for my TMJ after a chance meeting at a chemist!
There’s nothing pretty about TMJ.
If you’re suffering from it yourself, you’ll already know this.
TMJ can be a long-lasting and thoroughly miserable condition. It often begins mildly, but it rarely stays that way.
I know – I’ve been there.
At its worst, the pain affected every aspect of my sleeping and waking life.
I’m not ashamed to admit that at times it made me cry.
When I read that some sufferers become so distressed by the condition that they fall into depression, I wasn’t even slightly surprised.
When I was first diagnosed, I did not realize how badly TMJ disrupts people’s lives. Over time, I found out.
…and it was awful.
You may already be aware that finding a remedy for your own TMJ misery is likely to be a difficult – and possibly frustrating – task.
If you’ve suffered TMJ for a while, then you are already on that road… and you truly wonder where – or, even, if – it ever ends.
That’s exactly where I found myself.
And as I searched for answers, I discovered that not only was I not alone but that the outlook was often not a happy one.
I had already searched high and low to find remedies.
But I increasingly came to one terrifying conclusion:
Specialists didn’t really have a handle on what was causing my pain.
In fact, it was worse than this.
The treatments they recommended actually feel like experiments.
Each specialist recommended his own specialism as a likely cure for my TMJ.
But each specialist turned out to be wrong.
GP, dentist, neurologist, orofacial surgeon to name a few…
All well-meaning, but all restricted to their own area of expertise.
I doubt they really understand the root causes of TMJ.
I, of course, knew even less. So I had to try it all.
Nerve and muscle pain relief. Splints, mouthguards, botox. Teeth filing, vagus nerve stimulation, surgery….
As each one failed, I moved on to the next.
And the results of all these efforts?
Either small, short-lived improvements – or no improvements at all.
Hours of my time in specialists’ offices and thousands of my hard-earned dollars later… there was little to show but disappointment and lost hope.
I almost got used to the process of meeting a new specialist, discussing my symptoms, listening to him or her give their professional opinion…
…then me paying substantial sums of money, hoping and praying that this time it would be different. Only to realize in the end that… it wasn’t different.
…It was exactly the same.
Well, the same except I was financially poorer than I had been before.
But the TMJ hadn’t gone away. Or, even, improved.
But wasted money, wasted hours and dashed hopes aren’t the real horror of TMJ
Before eventually stumbling onto the remedy that cured my TMJ I had come to a major realization about the condition.
And the real horror of TMJ is that it isn’t stationary.
It doesn’t sit still.
Instead, it deteriorates.
It gets worse.
Which leads us to the truly horrible realization that…
Wherever you are with your TMJ right now isn’t where you’ll be in the near future.
It’s almost certainly going to become more painful over time.
It did for me. And it did for almost every case study I read.
My symptoms became dramatically worse.
It wasn’t just the pain that worsened – although it definitely did.
What I found deeply distressing was the way my face became distorted. People remarked that I physically looked different.
The TMJ was pulling on the muscles in my face while also wearing away at the joints on one side of my jaw.
And so my jaw shifted to the left, making my face lopsided.
After a while a new symptom: whenever I open my mouth there was a loud pop.
It started as the occasional one-off.
Then it became regular.
And by ‘loud’ I mean that a person 5 feet away could hear it.
I quickly learned to not open my mouth all the way.
Because twice it almost dislocated when I yawned. Which really scared the life out of me.
So I had to make sure I didn’t open it more than halfway.
And then I developed the sensation of clicking, popping and scraping whenever I moved my mouth.
It was especially disturbing when I was eating – and provided a constant reminder to me that things were gradually getting worse.
My own research found that none of this was unusual.
This wasn’t ‘special’ TMJ. This was ‘normal’ TMJ.
This is how TMJ gets worse.
Pain disturbed my sleep – often making sleep impossible.
I awoke already exhausted.
Some days I swear I sleepwalked through the day.
Only the pain in my head and face kept me awake.
But, as I say, TMJ doesn’t sit still.
Over time the pain spread so that it covered my entire head, all over my face, across both shoulders and down my neck.