HI guys, I went to an ENT yesterday. I have been having extreme ear pain which has been uncontrollable... There is nothing wrong with my ears and the dr put it down to TMJ. I was in denial about it being anxiety because I didnt want to have to go onto anything again but after 2 weeks of this pain I spoke to my psychiatrist today and she has advised me to take 10mg of Diazapam for the next week and then halve the dose for the following week in hope that this will relieve it somewhat. THe dr gave… read more
Hi, @A MyFibroTeam Member and @A MyFibroTeam Member The medication that she has prescribed it as totally temporary for the next couple of weeks. I am using it in conjunction with a bite plate and other methods to decrease inflammation.
TMJ does not play either. Years ago, I was diagnosed with TMJ. It started with a sore throat to severe sore throat. Then it was very difficult for me to swallow, talk, turn my neck, sleep, etc. It was on my left side of my neck, face, & ear. My neck, face, ear was so inflamed and swollen. & very painful. Jen do you have a mouthpiece to help your teeth from grounding while you sleep? I have TMJ flareups also. Your dentist could help with molding a mouthpiece for you.
I had TMJ really bad. I realized that when my pain was bad I was gritting my teeth without realizing it. When my pain would cause me to be itritated, I would clench my jaw. I began focusing on my jaw and doing mental checks to make sure I relaxed it. It helped a lot. Learning how to limit myself and making lifestyle changes to keep my pain levels down helped even more.
I get TMJ in my keft jaw and get the same ice-pick pain in my left ear. Heat and gentle massage usually calms it down but the main thing is to consciously relax the jaw throughout the day. By being mindful about the clenching and tension in my jaw muscles Ive been able to mostky avoid the pain lately. Meditation is also very helpful. What also has helped is stretching and massaging my neck muscles and keeping a good range of motion. Heat there has also helped. I try to avoid the pain meds whenever possible.
I’ve had TMJ for years. Taking Valium/Xanax/benzo’s will not help TMJ. Wearing a bite guard at night is your best bet. You need to find a doctor/dentist that specializes in TMJ. When my TMJ was at its worst, I went to a specialist that fitted me with a bite guard and I went back for weekly adjustments to make sure it was aligned properly. It’s a bit expensive but worth not having the pain and damage TMJ can cause. I’ve worn that bite guard for over 25 years....I wear it religiously. If I forget to put it in before bed, within 3 hours of falling asleep, I wake up with a terrible headache and my teeth hurt. Before I had my bite guard made, I had pain in my ear too, it felt like someone jabbed an ice pick in my ear. Then the pain spread down my neck and into my shoulder. It’s very painful until you get it under control. I agree with the post above.....taking Valium is not a good idea for TMJ. I’ve also been on antidepressants and diazepam in the past....it did absolutely nothing for my TMJ. I hope you find relief soon ❤️