32 years of pain!

by Sarah
(California)

My mother has suffered with TMJ headaches for 32 years, now. Every 3 to 5 years, she spends 3 or 4 days a week in the emergency room for pain medication to get rid of her headaches. This past Superbowl Sunday, she had an injection of 17mg of Morphine, and an additional shot of Zofran (for nausea) and a synthetic Morphine. She came home with a headache, and 3 hours later she had to take a Vicodan. It has been nearly 2 months of headaches, and she finally asked the dentist to pull her teeth, to correct her bite with dentures. Because we live in California, health and dental insurances do not acknowledge TMJ as an issue and won't cover it, and the dentist won't pull her teeth, as my mother's teeth are sound, and it may not help stop the headaches. We are looking for anything that can put a stop to her TMJ indefinitely. Bite splints, aren't covered by insurance and cost $800 or more out of pocket, so she has been using spots mouth guards, which alleviate some pain, however the treatment options have changed with new technology, and since there are no TMJ specialists anywhere near us, we are at a loss as to what we can do to help my mother get her life back. Do you have any ideas of treatments or medications that we can get from a family doctor or a dentist? We have purchased a Tens Unit for her, and she is on a cocktail of drugs that aren't helping. Thank you,

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Feb 27, 2012
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Fellow Tmj sufferer w uncontrolled pain
by: Nick

Since I have read volumnes on this subject as a TMJ sufferer this level of pain would seem to me that she would be a candidate for a nerve block. Also, try seeing an ENT. This could run through medical rather than dental and could be a combo of tmj and sinus issues. My problem shares both.

Feb 24, 2012
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32 years of pain!
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Sarah,

Have your mother email me at TMJSpainhower at G mail dot com. I'll help her with what I can through email/phone calls 801-589-6215.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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