The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint
TMJ is no joke. Again, I must say, I have scoffed and turned the cheek to those who have claimed to suffer from TMJ.
Well, now… that was not very nice of me. Last Saturday, a week ago today, my jaw slipped out of “socket” and was stuck in a forward position for almost 48 hours. I could talk and eat, to a certain degree, but my back teeth would not come together and I was in excruciating pain. Monday morning I woke up and my jaw was back in line, apparently my nighttime gritting and grinding had slipped it back into place (SO glad I was not awake for that “slipping back in”)
A week later, I am still sore and tender. My dentist says there’s not a whole lot that can be done for TMJ… lifestyle changes and stress management is really what it’s all about. I am just one of those that carry my stress in my jaw, my dentist says, similar to how some people get ulcers from stress, I get TMJ.