Along with all the other aches & pains, for 7 weeks I had severe jaw, facial, and ear pain. I finally went to the dentist. He took a panolypse x-ray, and I have an internal derangment of the temporal-mandibular disc. I didn't know the jaw had a disc. It is to the point I can't open my mouth very wide, yawn, or eat. Severe pain in my ear. Chewing side to side brings extreme pain The disc is out of place. I have to have a splint made, to force the disc back where it belongs. If it won't stay put, they may consider an artificial joint. I suppose this is one more sx of DDD and degenerative osteo-arthritis. This problem also causes headaches, muscle strains, etc. Just more fun Anybody else have TMJ or TMD problems along with spiney issues? I didn't need any more chronic pain, I have enough already. I'm about ready to give up. Hope you are all doing better than I am tonight.