Feb 2 post- MSN-

February 02
Today- a PSA… on TMJ…TMD….
Let’s just say- I haven’t let the couch all day.

Let’s also say I did not knit. At all.

Could there be a problem? Yes- a lovely little visitor- that hasn’t been to see me in quite a while.

TMJ.

What is it?

See the article copied below—- click the link for more….
http://aolsvc.health.webmd.aol.com/content/article/66/79637.htm

But let me tell you- bottom line? It hurts. It hurts to close my mouth, it hurts to open my mouth, it hurts to chew, it hurts to lay down…. yeah- It hurts.

Funny thing, I have a big mouth, constantly in motion- has been a “curse” and a blessing since I was little….at the moment? Not so much. No talking- I’m just mumbling thru my teeth. I’m taking Ibuprophen, using heat….it’ll be better tomorrow- I’m sure, I could go to the dr for some stronger meds— but I just don’t like to feel drugged…. so I’ll enjoy applesauce and ice cream for dinner, take some more ibuprophen, then go to bed…..exciting day huh?

Well, I’m getting some rest anyway. I think I’ll give knitting a shot, while we wait for pizza. (for my guys, pizza in the blender- NOT sounding very good.)

Dental Health:Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
What Is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
What Causes TMD?
The cause of TMD is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.
Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck – such as from a heavy blow or whiplash – can cause TMD. Other possible causes include:
Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ
Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?
People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. More women than men experience TMD and TMD is seen most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Common symptoms of TMD include:
Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide
Limited ability to open the mouth very wide
Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (which may or may not be accompanied by pain)
A tired feeling in the face
Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite – as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
Swelling on the side of the face
Pleasant, huh? All my symptoms are highlighted- so far no swelliing- yay!

Dear Lord-
please help me- I ask you to heal me, and help me deal with the pain in a way that honors you, at the moment, It’s making me cranky.please help me not take it out on everybody within distance…
I love you Lord- amen

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