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Old 11-10-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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DNAOMI,
I'm not a doctor, and don't claim to be a specialist, but I've never heard of jaw position causing sinus problems. That seems kinda crazy to me. I can't forsee any possible way your lower jaw could block your sinuses. Is your throat blocked? Have you had your tonisils and adenoids looked at?
Of course I've had my sinuses looked at, I've had sinus problems for 15 years now, why would I be looking into major jaw surgery if I didn't have good reason to believe that is the problem? My sinus are normal, no deviated septum or cysts, my tonsils and adenoids are normal except that I get sick 4-5 times a year and my adenoids get intensely swollen; also, most mornings I am congested and sinuses are swollen. There has been some evidence linking TMJ with sinus trouble, improper jaw position can block the Eustachian tubes, also I cannot sleep with my mouth closed, and breathing through the mouth has a negative impact on sinuses.

But, maybe my first post wasn't clear... I was looking for advice or information on jaw surgery, selecting a doctor or surgeon, and insurance coverage. There are many reasons that lead me to suspect my jaw position is impacting my sinuses, I'd rather not take the time to give my whole history here, lol!
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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Of course I've had my sinuses looked at, I've had sinus problems for 15 years now, why would I be looking into major jaw surgery if I didn't have good reason to believe that is the problem? My sinus are normal, no deviated septum or cysts, my tonsils and adenoids are normal except that I get sick 4-5 times a year and my adenoids get intensely swollen; also, most mornings I am congested and sinuses are swollen. There has been some evidence linking TMJ with sinus trouble, improper jaw position can block the Eustachian tubes, also I cannot sleep with my mouth closed, and breathing through the mouth has a negative impact on sinuses.

But, maybe my first post wasn't clear... I was looking for advice or information on jaw surgery, selecting a doctor or surgeon, and insurance coverage. There are many reasons that lead me to suspect my jaw position is impacting my sinuses, I'd rather not take the time to give my whole history here, lol!
I asked my husband about this and you are right...any misalignment can cause issues throughout your body...Have you seen a Doctor of Osteopathy? They are wonderful!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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I asked my husband about this and you are right...any misalignment can cause issues throughout your body...Have you seen a Doctor of Osteopathy? They are wonderful!!
I hadn't heard of osteopathy before, I am starting to read up on it, seems like it could be a step in the right direction!

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:37 PM
 
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Has anyone here had experience getting jaw surgery to correct TMJ? I don't know the specific name of the surgery, but it is when they move your lower jaw forward to correct for appearance of overbite and to line up the teeth. I was diagnosed with TMJ as a kid, I never got it corrected, but the jaw pain is bothering me, the appearance is bothering me, and I think it is leading to sinus trouble also.

Just wondering what your experiences were like, how you found a good doctor, and whether insurance generally covers it.
It is expensive to get surgery, and not usually covered, from what I understand. I had severe TMJ issues earlier this year. I got a muscle relaxer, took it for a while, and haven't had issues since. A muscle relaxer is MUCH cheaper than surgery. BTW, TMJ IS exacerbated by stress.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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DNaomi,
I didn't mean to offend you. I was sincerely trying to help. Sorry.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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My doctor said that doing surgery on TMJ is like doing surgery on a sprained ankle....that it isn't really going to do anything.
Instead, he recommended a night guard (to help reposition you at night), massage for the jaw muscles, and possible acupunture.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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DNaomi,
I didn't mean to offend you. I was sincerely trying to help. Sorry.
That's ok, lol! The whole thing is a bit of a sensitive topic, so many doctors visits and what not.

I may try the bite-guard thing for at night. It could possibly help be breathe better. I will still look into surgery, I think I'm going to try to find a good primary care doctor (which I don't have right now due to moving/insurance switches) and then get a recommendation for a law specialist. Insurance probably won't cover anything by the specialist, but I'll just pay out of pocket to at least find out more about surgery and get an estimate.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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When I was diagnosed with TMJ my dentist put me into a night appliance. (I often had blocked Eustachian tubes too.) Anyway, I didn't get much relief. When I mentioned this issue to my chiropractor, he suggested he try working the joint from inside the mouth. Wow, was that painful! He put a surgical glove on and got a finger right up into the joint from the inside and also massaged the tendons? ligaments? muscles? along the inside of the cheeks to the jaw. He showed me how to do this and gradually it became less and less painful as I worked those areas. My problems were all on one side and to this day if I start to get discomfort I go back to massaging as mentioned and it prevents further problems. It also takes care of the blocked Eustachian tubes. I supplemented the massaging with stretching exercises from a book called Taking Control of TMJ by Rob't Uppgaard.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:08 PM
 
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I have been suffering with TMJ for three years now. I had all types of testing done and it came down to the disk in my jaw slipping. (As what the doctor said) TMJ can be caused by many things, such as stress, grinding your teeth, gum chewers, clenching your jaws tightly together for a variety reasons. There are a list of reason why you may have it. Mine is from stress, grinding my teeth and clenching. (The joy) I went to a TMJ specialist (I live in NY and there are no TMJ doctors who accepts my insurance so it was straight cash for me). Anyway, the consultation was $500, I had a mouth piece made which cost me $1,000. (That I unknowingly spit out at night) Plus seven injections in my face that was $100 for each one. The injections worked good for the time being or shall I say while I could afford it. The injections allowed me to open my mouth wider. But I am back to square one again. (The injections have worked for many people as long as they can afford it. I know a few people that had them and they are having no problems with their jaw anymore). Only thing left is surgery but after reading all these messages on here, I am not sure I want to go through with it. I have been looking for other TMJ doctors that give the injections that might be closer to me. This one that I go to now is two hours away from me. The pain is unbelievable. Jaw pain, ear aches, head aches and neck pain. UGH!!!
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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The condyle, which is your jaw joint, is probably the most complicated joint in your body. Doctors can fix your hip, your shoulder, and even replace knees, but when it comes to TMJ surgery, this is where it gets complicated. I have a severe overbite and when oral surgeons look at me they automatically want to do surgery. No thanks. My clicking isn't that much of a problem and I can live with it. I'm a dentist so I know what's involved in surgeries like that. That doesn't mean people shouldn't get it done, but mine isn't that bad. With any surgery there's always a risk. The surgery could be a success but the surgeron could've nicked the mandibular nerve and now you don't have sensation in your lower jaw, it's a complication. As for the sinus problem, I'm not sure if your lower jaw is causing that, could be that you're having problems with your upper molars and premolars which are positioned right underneath your sinus. If you have an infection in any one of those teeth it could lead into your sinus, or vice versa, if there's a sinus infection if could feel like you have a toothache when in reality it's really your sinus causing all the problems. You may want to look into getting a sinus lift done, this is where an oral surgeon or periodontist goes in and repositions the sinus membrane alittle higher.
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