I haven't seen too many posts from members who suffer from TMJ (I tried a search tonight, and got a message that my search was outdated). I, for one, have a long history (over 20 years) of TMJ issues and thought I would share a few of the treatments I have tried.
First came a variety of bite guards meant to stop grinding my teeth at night; unfortunately, each one caused more problems, and I began to wake up with my jaw 'locked' in the morning. Next massage and physio therapy inside my mouth to try and ease some of the trigger points and spasms in the muscles involved, and when I didn't have any noticeable improvement, I had acupuncture and prolotherapy; both gave temporary relief, but symptoms returned with a vengeance. I then found out about a neuromuscular massage therapist. That treatment was probably one of the most painful treatments I have ever had for TMJ, as he massaged inside the mouth AND outside along the jaw, sometimes 'pulling' the jaw downward. When I left his office, I had no more clunking and no more clicking; I took my wine cork home with me (used to support the mouth in an open position to enable easier self-massage) and did my exercises, but just a few days later, I was back where I started.
I have just finished my third set of Botox injections; the first ones were very successful. The clunking and clicking in my jaw stopped immediately, and I had approximately six weeks of improvement....it was heavenly! My headaches and facial pain was relieved for almost two months, but when it returned, it returned in a big way. Neither the second or third set of injections eased the clunking, which is very disappointing, and results seem to be less and less successful. My last treatment was 10 days ago, and my jaw is worse then ever.
Has anybody out there had any great success for the treatment of TMJ? I have arthritis in the joint, as well as a dislocated disc, and have a long history of myofascial symptoms, so I think it's a little more complicated than the norm.
Thanks for any input you might have.