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TMD! January 20, 2009

Posted by ash in Fashion, beauty & health.

It’s only Tuesday. Bad way to interpret a week.

I am really sleepy and I don’t even know why. These 2 weeks haven’t even been that much of hell at work. My boss has been away and every now then he hounds me by e-mail or phone and I know he is obviously displeased at me leaving work at 630 but if I would be damned if I don’t do it while I can. Anyway I need to squeeze some energy out to finish this week and the Indonesia trip. Jakarta Jakarta and still Jakarta. I wish it can be a personal trip to Bali for a change.

The TMJ is givng me problems again. I think I have mentioned this before. Now I find that I can’t yawn without feeling hearing the joints in my right jaw move. I can no longer bite an apple or eat anything big because once I open my mouth wide, there is the “click clock” sound of the jaw bone. For those of you who are unfamiliar with TMJ, it refers to the Temporomandibular joint in your jawline area. TMD (not the chinese swear word), refers to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, a condition that causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. One or both joints may be affected in people with TMJDs, which can affect a person’s ability to eat or chew hard foods, or in more serious cases, affect one’s ability to make facial expressions or even breathe.

Gray309.pngApparently there are 3 types of TMDs:

  • Myofascial pain, the most common, involves discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function.
  • Internal derangement of the joint involves a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle.
  • Arthritis refers to a group of degenerative/inflammatory joint disorders that can affect the temporomandibular joint.
  • I guess I’m still in the myofascial category. When I yawn, I often have to stifle it so that I don’t feel the slight pain or movement of the “disc” near the condyle area. I read some stuff on the net and for now, I can try to improve my own situation by avoiding hard food and biting whole foods such a corn cobs or apples. I also notice that when I am feeling tense, I unconsciously clench my jaws very tightly, this might have placed pressure on the joints over a long period of time. If it gets really bad, then I may just visit the specialist. (The last time I checked, it costs nearly 800 bucks to do an X-ray and consultation….gdness)

    Anyways, I have to go off and do my budget now. Bad way to end an entry but whatever, haha.



    1. almoking - January 20, 2009

    Ooohhhh, u change a new layout for your blog, keke….last time i also got this problem, seems more like gana dislocated, but after some time, problem goes away like it never happened, haha

    2. ash - January 21, 2009

    Really? I have been experiencing this for the past 3 years, I think it just got worse. But those articles I read online said if there is still no pain, you can do some preventive measures to improve the condition and it may get better. So I am trying to avoid eating chunky stuff.

    3. popartgirl - January 25, 2009

    when i was still singing, i used to experience jaw pain during choir sessions too. did wonder if it’s TMJ (i keep wanting to type TMD, ooops) or simply if i was not dropping my jaw enough.

    4. ash - January 26, 2009

    Popartgirl: I don’t know if opening my jaws really wide for singing during secondary school days caused these joints to wear out faster..I have heard that a lot of singers suffer TMJ also. I know somebody whose TMJ problem went on to worsen after 10 yrs since the earliest symptoms and now he needs reconstructive surgery. *shudders* I hope mine doesn’t end up like that though.

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