Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Good news: Not an abscessed tooth.

Bad news: Most likely TMJ. I go back next week to see the specialist.

(No, I do not know much about it, and yes, I am still in what can be termed pain. This is most likely because I have just woken up and it seems to be linked to teeth grinding, which I was unaware I did while I slept. Here's the key thing to remember though: it hurts for me to talk! So for those who know me, this is an obvious hardship. =)

So, mostly silent Jenny for the next few days. Or at least until the pain dissipates each day. Recommendation? Please don't call me because I will shunt you to voicemail.

Yes, some of you have e-mailed me. I'll answer them after I've eaten my breakfast of soft foods. Mmmmm.....mush. =)


Miss Java said...

Man, you poor thing. You are a bit of a mess. Arthritis, Fibermiolgia, and now TMJ??

If I might make a humble suggestion... You sound like you are very toxic, and need to go chelate yourself.

I really believe that a lot of our illnesses is because of all the crap our body collects.

I have a friend that was diagnosed with a condition that went away after chelation. And my son (who has autism) has made lots of great gains with chelation.

If you feel like discussing it more, you are welcomed to drop me a line.

Laura (Kramarsky) Curtis said...

Oh, TMJ is the pits. And what's worse, the more often you have it, the more likely you are to have it again.

I wore a mouth brace for years while I slept because I did something called "microgrinding," which is really more clenching than grinding. SO not sexy, it looks like a football player's mouth guard.

If you can take advil or aleve, they actually do help. Don't chew gum, don't open your mouth really wide. Cut things into little pieces.

TMJ is one of those lovely things that affects women more than men. It can be the cause of headaches, neck and back pain, tooth pain...so you may find a couple more symptoms, but they aren't something new and different, which is actually good. At least, that's what I told myself!

Ryan Field said...

I don't know about TMJ, but I can relate to this with carpel tunnel, and I'm only 35. After years of working on a keyboard, it happens even if you take precautions.

Jenny Rappaport said...

miss java, what is chelation, exactly?

And yes, I am a bit of a mess, but I'm slogging through it. I'd really like to win the lottery now and take a permanent vacation. Hawaii, here I come! =)

laura, apparently, the dentist says that the TMJ can be related to both the arthritis and the fact that I had braces as a kid. They don't know why, but apparently, having had braces is somehow correlated with a higher chance of having TMJ. Joy. (If it was up to me, I wouldn't have gotten braces when I was ten years old, but my teeth were a mess and didn't fit in my jaw. Plus, I had a giant gap in the middle of my bottom teeth, where I had broken my middle two incisors. I'm talented.)

Tatiana said...

I'm sorry to hear about your problems. I'm going to the dentist and doctor this week to be evaluated for teeth grinding in my sleep. I've been dealing with chronic pain from something similar to fibromyalgia for about 5 years. It sucks, but you can deal with it.

Chelation is usually done by IV though it is sometimes done orally. It is only approved as a treatment for lead poisoning but it is used "off-label" for treating heart disease and a variety of other conditions.

In brief, it is a solution of EDTA (ethylenediamenetetraaceticacid, if I remember correctly) which binds metal ions. This is why it is useful for lead poisoning. It is also used for heart disease because charged particles have something to do with plaque formation (the process is known, but I don't have time to look it up today).

My mother used to work at a chelation clinic. When you look into this, you do need to know that it is not without risks (also, very expensive and it's not due to markup).

The chelation treatment removes vitamins and minerals, so a good doctor will insist that you replace them as you go through treatment. It is also possible to have a cardiac arrest if chelation is not done properly (the clinic my mom worked at had a portable defibrillator for just this reason, although it was never needed in that practice).

Hope things get better for you.

Anonymous said...

Mouthguard for night-time use...best $300 I've ever spent. Significant decrease in migraines, no more jaw pain and no more locked jaws. Beware of those who would overcharge...a friend was just told her daughter's TMJ therapy would cost $4500...I strongly advised her to seek a second opinion.