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Old 02-12-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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Anyone else ever get lock jaw? TMJ? I think I just got lock jaw. Wow it is PAINFUL!! My mouth would only open like an inch. I could barely eat anything! It's starting to heal a little bit now, I think. The pain seems to have subsided a bit.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Lockjaw is actually the common term for tetanus.

TMJ is something different, LOL! You can get a locked jaw in TMJ though, and I hear it is quite painful. Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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Oops! Thanks! I didn't know anything about it till a few days ago. My bad. TMJ, I mean......
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Burlington County NJ
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TMJ - flat out stinks. Its terrible. I had a bad case of it several years ago. Every once in a while it flares up - whooo eeee - it is not fun. The only advice I can give to you is to do your best to not clench up. Try to keep your jaw as relaxed as possible. I know its hard because it hurts - but try.

Hope you are feeling better soon.
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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TMJ is largely related to stress. When my daughter was 6 and we were living in NY (and she was in Catholic school with a MEAN teacher!) She wolud often have ear aches, and I wolud constantly take her to the Doctor and he would find nothing. It ended up being TMJ. We moved to the Mountains of Pa, and no more TMJ!
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:11 PM
 
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Yeah it started right around a VERY stressful week. I tried to stay away from foods that I had to chew too much which helped. The pain is thankfully going away! I can actually yawn now with minimal pain. Yay!
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