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Lost Neck Curve & c4-c5 Disc Herniation & Severe TMJ

Hi guys... 

I am new to this. I just researched some stuff and these forums showed up and I liked how people responded and i relate to some peoples issues so i'm hoping i can have a variety of responses as I am extremely lost as to what my major issue is!!

OK.. where to start? I am almost 29 and have suffered with TMJ since I was like 15? But that's not fully pertinent here. I got whiplash with my son at the park 1.5 years ago and couldn't get my neck back to normal. I went to physio, chiro (terrified of actual adjustments though so they used the activator) and some massage here and there. I also found laser therapy helpful along with the activator from my chiro. Then about 5 months later I got a severe concussion when I fell off of a hammock and the next day my jaw seemed to deviate to the left. I couldnt chew and about a week or so later my jaw would  barely open.

I had an MRI of my jaw and ive had inflammation in my jaw since I can remember so they did one arthroscopic and then disc replacement surgery just 3 weeks ago. (I had to wait about 10 months before they actually went through with these surgeries) I hadnt been able to eat actual food since i hit my head, but 3 weeks out of surgery and I still cant chew, even after the first arthroscopic surgery - my jaw seems to still deviate to the left and always moves when i try to eat. My bite is completely off - and has been since i hit my head but i thought it would get better with surgery. I was told before by a NUCCA chiro that my atlas was sublux but when he said he saw an improvement after a few nucca treatments, i didnt really feel much better so i wasnt sure if that was the issue.

Fast track to today, and MRIs show that I have a herniated disc in my c4c5, and also Chiari Malformation - they dont seem concerned about chiari though because they think ive had it since birth because ive had MRIs years ago and it showed i had Chiari then so they dont believe my symptonms come from that...

However I have suffered with alot of upper back and neck pain, and recently im losing alot of strength in my arm and i seem to have a nerve or somethign that goes down because i can't open things or use force in my face or jaw because i get shooting pain down my neck as well. I have burning shoulder pain and burning pain behind my ear that i always thought was my jaw but my jaw issue didnt seem to resolve with surgery and im wondering if it could be my neck? I dont know how possible that is.... but I wasnt able to smile well on that side after i hit my head also, but i seem to be a bit better after surgery. Could i have lost muscle tone? Could my herniated disc or subluxes cause my bite to be totally misaligned? It didnt seem to resolve with NUCCA but I am just lost. I am on now just mush foods and liquids. I havent eaten foods for a year while i try to resolve all of this. I am at a loss and i am ready to be better.

I was told by one chiro that 10-12 laser sessions along with using a denneroll to fix the reverse curve in my neck, theherniated disc should go back into place and the laser should help regenerate the disc issue. I was told that after whiplash i had lost the curve in my neck and it was pretty straight. My neck is so stuff i could barely turn my head.

I am also about to be seen by a different spine specialist this friday to kind of get his jyst of things and a plan to recover. But I am really wondering if my tmj symptoms are actually TMJ issues or if they stem from my neck at all. I am at a loss....

Help anyone? I am 29 and have a 4.5 year old son. I have been off work for almost a year and really need to figure out away to fix this. Has anyone had luck with a denneroll? I was told i wont get better if i am not diligent with it once per day for 3 mins. 

i need experience and advice for reverse curve, herniated discs and any atlas issues. HELP!!!!



  • emliz4

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    You will find most members on this forum do not use chiropractors. I think you are on the right track by seeing a spine specialist, they will also be able to look at your jaw issues and if needed refer you to the proper specialist. It sounds like you are having nerve pain in your shoulder and arms, that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible, the longer a nerve is entrapped the more damage.is done.Write all of your symptoms down before your appointment so you do not forget to talk to the doctor about everything. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.


    Veritas-Health Moderator

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