Wednesday, January 28, 2009

TMJ Disorder

I was very recently diagnosed with TMJ disorder. his means the my mandibular joint (jaw)is out of place. Well, being a musician, only made the situation about ten times worse. My jaw hurts really bad every time I play my instrument, and the stress from school, playing, and emotional stress only makes the pain, a whole heck of a lot worse. I have been using the essential oils and foot zone therapy, to try and make it better, and I guess it has been helping. But I have been noticing a particular trend, every time I am around a certain professor ( Dr. Brooks) the pain on the left side seems to just get worse. I sometimes think that he likes to see how hard I can push before I crack. Let me tell you, I am really close to cracking right now. I pretty much just want to lock myself in a closet and cry, but I dont the time to do that, because I have a time of crap that I have to do for him, and this is not including all of my practice time, homework, and church responsibilities. Now that I got really far off track, if anyone who reads this has any idea about how to deal with the TMJ disorder please let me know.


  1. Hi there. I came across your blog while doing a search for TMJ disorder. I work for The TMJ Association (, a non-profit that supports patients with TMJ disorder. We have talked with many patients over the years, many of them being musicians. We started a forum recently, and have a section for musicians and singers. Check it out, and let me know if you have any questions!

  2. Sorry to hear about this and I hope you find something that helps. I know you need it!

  3. I spent almost 2 years with daily constant headaches. In the interim I tried various remedies: migraine medications, acupuncture, allergists, etc
    Last week I heard about TMJ.. What is that? how can I treat this? I ask a friend about my headaches and she tell me about TMJ. Someone we give me a doctor's website...
    I'm afraid to go there. If someone knows more that doctor can tell me? I can't resist with this headaches. I'm going crazy.
    Please help me.
    Thanks. I'm waiting your response.