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I'm sorry to hear that you are suffer from TMD related problem. May I ask what type of dentist you are going to tomorrow? Have you over the last year been able to identify any triggers that exacerbate the pain? What type of imaging/xrays have you had? Also, do you know what type of night guard you are using (soft guard or hard splint)?
Well I'm glad that you are going to a Specialist, because your symptoms seem to be very severe. I'm sure that dr will run plenty of diagnostic tests to try to gauge your limitations. Are any of your teeth sore or does it seem more muscular? I ask because maybe if a particular area or tooth was identified some occlusal adjustment/equilibration coukd help settle things down for a few months. Then maybe ortho can be a possibility. Myofascial pain often can start from trigger points located elsewhere in the head and neck. What do you do for work? Are you sitting in front of a computer a lot? As far as meds, has a muscle relaxant at night been prescribed? One tip as far as sleep is Do NOT sleep on stomach. That puts excess pressure on the tempromandibular joint.
Did you have you appointment today with the orofacial pain dentist? How'd that go?
Treating TMD really can take a lot of time and patience. Pt for your jaw is import and especially after a situation has been aggravated for long time. So keep with it, I know sometimes these exercises seem stupid. I believe that the specialist wants to rule out any sinus related contributions, and Ent will be helpful with that. I wouldn't be too concerned in that arena. As far as the neurologist goes, they will be looking into nerve conditions that you could be suffering from that are in facial region but aren't tooth related such as Trigeminal neuralgia. Hopefully that make sense that your doctor team just wants to hone in on your treatment and to do so must rule out other factors. Is there anything more I can help you with?
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