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I have muscle spasms going on in my head.  This has been causing fever-like symptoms without the fever and I had really thought that maybe I was suffering from a sinus infection after all. 

Nope.  The nosebleeds are probably caused by the excessive need for steroids this year as both the allergies and asthma have been really twitchy since January.   They cauterized a couple of spots where the bleeds had occurred and I was told to lay off the Flonase. 

But what about the general feeling of being out of it, headache and pressure in my ears?   Muscle spasms in my jaw going into the back of my head and causing the pressure in my ears--most likely caused by grinding my teeth.  TMJ was on the top of the page that he handed me.   Looking at it a few minutes ago I noticed he had crossed out the full term for TMJ and wrote in "muscle spasms".   Not sure--he could have said it was like TMJ or he could have said it was TMJ.    Will have to check my med records to see what the actual diagnosis was.   

Either way, he told me to start on 2 tylenol plus 2-4 advil every 4-5 hours for the next few days.   Additionally, he actually told me to go see my massage therapist and go get my dental work finished.  Oh, and make sure that my neck/head always has plenty of support when I'm sleeping.

I scheduled a few appointments with [livejournal.com profile] barodar.    The dentist thing is going to take some thinking...  going back to Chelmsford for continued work is not an appealing option given I never go to Boxborough anymore.   But she's the first dentist I've ever really felt comfortable with. *think think think*

Date: 2013-10-17 05:31 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] hammercock.livejournal.com
Bleah, sorry to hear it. TMJ sucks. :(

One thing you should probably have as well is a bite guard for night grinding/clenching. A custom guard will be stupidly expensive, and it won't make sense to get one until your dental work is finished, but there are OTC ones you can buy at the drug store for $25-30. Massage on the tightened muscles will likely help as well.


Date: 2013-10-17 05:18 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
I used to use the disposable ones but stopped needing them for a while and didn't think about it until I talked to him yesterday.

It will be on the shopping list this weekend.

Date: 2013-10-17 11:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] lifecollage.livejournal.com
It's morning, and I need to run, so the short version:


I've been going to North Cambridge Dental Associates on Mass Ave in Cambridge since I met Matt. Dr. Jradeh is excellent, and the hygienists are *beyond* awesome. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

[livejournal.com profile] barodar is really good at massage for TMJ/jaw pain. But you're going to need to trust him when he wants to massage from *inside* your mouth. It's weird, and it totally works. ;)


Date: 2013-10-17 05:19 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
He and I have talked about that in the past, but I didn't think I was in bad enough shape for it.

Re: Yeah...

Date: 2013-10-18 12:57 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] lifecollage.livejournal.com
Personally, I don't think you should wait until you're "in bad enough shape" for massage. Massage can be preventative as well as therapeutic. If it hurts at all, massage can help.

Totally my two pennies, and take them as you will.

*hugs* are free, and well-offered

Re: Yeah...

Date: 2013-10-18 12:35 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
Very true enough...I have been seeing him on a fairly regular basis (1-2 month) until the baby and my sister's wedding started making scheduling difficult. It's been at least a month now and I definitely feeling it.

My opinions

Date: 2013-10-17 02:49 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] drwex
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I peered at the nosebleed post-care instructions they gave you, which seem to say "don't take anything but tylenol". I meant to mention that and ask if they'd discussed that with you.

Also, I think finding a dentist you like is worth the drive. My preferred dentist has moved from 5-minutes-from-my-house up to New Hampshire and I'm seriously considering making that drive to keep seeing him.

Re: My opinions

Date: 2013-10-17 05:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
Yes, actually, we did talk about the advil thing. On the TMJ sheet he gave me he actually wrote out 2 Tylenol plus 2-4 Ibuprofen.

I don't disagree with you on the dentist thing, but I've had to cancel out on appointments in Chelmsford a couple of times already because I couldn't take a full or half day off work. Which is what it would take in many instances. Things with work have just been too busy and I really don't expect it to let up anytime soon. I may talk to them about trying to get as much work stuffed into a single day as possible.

Re: My opinions

Date: 2013-10-17 05:37 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] drwex
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I wonder if they have any way to give you hours outside of work. My place does some evenings and Saturdays, though those tend to fill up fast (as you'd imagine).

Date: 2013-10-17 03:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] lillibet.livejournal.com
If you're looking for someone more convenient to you, Smiles by Rosie gets a lot of positive comments (and they're advertisers with T@F, so I would love to support them). My own dentist, Dr. Cook at Davis Square Dental, is fantastic--I really look forward to seeing him, bizarrely enough--but his wait for new patients is around six months.

In the meantime, I'm very sorry you're dealing with so much pain and interlocking health issues and I hope that the whole mess begins to unravel soon.

Thank you.

Date: 2013-10-17 05:24 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
I will check out Smiles by Rosie (I've heard a couple of good things about them as well)

Date: 2013-10-18 04:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] pisicutsa.livejournal.com
For super bad TMJ, Valium is your friend...


Date: 2013-10-18 12:38 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
Well, yeah, I am back on Serax (it's in the Valium family) again and that does seem to be helping.


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