Friday, August 6, 2010

TMJ and A Cheek Muscle Knot

I finally broke down and went to a specialist about my TMJ ("slipping jaw") issue. The left side of my face/jaw has been aching for weeks. The specialist (Dr. Leo Menendez in Maryland) was awesome. He did a lot of tests on the jaw and the muscle. He concluded that the jaw is being pulled out when I open my mouth wide from the left cheek muscle. He said the muscle on the left side of my face is almost twice the size of the muscle on the right side (likely because I chew more on that side) and it was one big knot! So, he prescribed muscle relaxers (which I can only take a night because they knock me out) and another medication (which makes me lightheaded- okay, no jokes here, please)... and told me to put warm compresses on the jaw every night (which I do). **I've noticed improvement** I also wear a mouth guard when I sleep (you get get a sports one for $1.00 at Target and it works better than some the dentist will make and charge you $300 for- BEEN THERE).
- I also went to my acupuncturist, and today she treated it. The area that was giving me the most discomfort was pain free after the session. Tonight, I only have a slight pull in the bottom part of the jaw. Hopefully, it stays there or goes away overnight. Acupuncture works!!

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next