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athritis of the jaw

Postby derekh » Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:26 pm

hiya all
saw the ent specialist last week and he told me the problems i was having with pain in my face ,dizzynes etc. was not because of any trouble with my ears but throught athritis in my jaws i was wondering has anyone else got this ? i also have it in my neck and spine .i told him i have fibro and he said" it is a terribble illness but there is not a lot that can be done for it" i have an appointment 1st one with rheumatologist on 12th march if anyone else has athritis in the jaw how does it affect you ?
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Postby MCT » Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:12 pm

I don't have arthritis in my jaw but I do have TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome) which is quite common with FM sufferers.

The TMJ causes facial pain, headaches, ear pain, tinnitus etc. Do you grind your teeth? If you aren't sure go to a mirror and stick your tongue out, if it has a scalloped edge then you grind your teeth (that's what the Oral Max doc told me anyway).
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Postby gillshutt » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:10 pm

I have minor wear and tear in the left side of my jaw but do have TMJ so know where you're comming from. Did you have an xray to confirm the OA or not as TMJ is common with people with fibro.

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Re: athritis of the jaw

Postby hudson » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:55 pm

I Have R/A aswell as the fybro. and i get what i call lock jaw. severe pain in my jaw from chewing to much and if i open to much (eg Dentist ) then he hurts like h*ll and get locked. It is always clicking and grinding and yes i do grind my teeth in my sleep.... I have never heard of what you are memntioning..though. what is it.

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Re: athritis of the jaw

Postby smoky » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:04 am

wow mct i dint know about the scalloped tongue - i have noticed it a lot; perhaps i need to start wearing my bite guard again; have you ever woken up having bitten your tongue after you jaw suddenly relaxed? it hurts 'a lot' !!! :shock:
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Re: athritis of the jaw

Postby MCT » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:29 pm

hudson wrote:I Have R/A aswell as the fybro. and i get what i call lock jaw. severe pain in my jaw from chewing to much and if i open to much (eg Dentist ) then he hurts like h*ll and get locked. It is always clicking and grinding and yes i do grind my teeth in my sleep.... I have never heard of what you are memntioning..though. what is it.Hudson


TMJ is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome. I have it and before I started my botox injections my jaw would lock and it seemed to take forever to relax again (had me in tears with the pain). I had difficulty in eating any thing that needed a lot of chewing and had to have a "soft" diet. I still have some difficulty but no where near as bad.

smokey wrote: have you ever woken up having bitten your tongue after you jaw suddenly relaxed? it hurts 'a lot' !!!


I have done that more times than I care to remember! It also got so bad that I couldn't hold a proper conversation as my jaw seemed to slip sideways and I would either take a lump out of my tongue or it would lock up completely.
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Re: athritis of the jaw

Postby gillshutt » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:10 am

I have some degeneration in the left side of my jaw but not full blown OA (yet) but I do get TMJ which I'm sure is down to the fibro making the slight problem 10 times worse ((xx)) to all with this problem... especially those, like me, who love toffee :cry:

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