Constant facial numbness

by Kirsty
(Toronto)

The right side of my face has been completely numb for 6 months . I have been seeing a a dr about my tmj for just over a month. I'm wearing a day time and night time splint - i have also has one session with an osteopath . I have also started back to my spinfit classes and areobic exercising . Is there anything else i can do to help stop the numbness. The numbness starts at the temple - it is most of my cheek and my chin and bottom lip are very numb. My tongue and gums are also very numb.

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Dr. Spainhower is so kind!
by: Anonymous

Thank goodness I found this site, I am wondering if I should head to the hospital as my tmj is so painful. Anyway, I just wanted to say that after having read some of the doctor's quotes, I feel that he is so kind and loving. I can't wait to get home and get some information from here!

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still have numbness :(
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry to say that I still have the numbness. It's been over 3 years. I'm still hopeful. I now go to a chiropractor and a massage therapist. I hope you find a way to manage with this unfortunate situation

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Did the numbness go away?
by: Anonymous

I was just wondering if the numbness subsided. I have had a splint for a month and most of the pain has gone but now I have facial numbness on one side, ironically the side that was not as sore. I have had an mri and it is clear.

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Facial Numbness
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Kirsty,

If what ever you do, relieves your pains and numbness, then by all means, keep doing it.

You should be able to have jaw pain relief in just 1-3 nights with an appropriate night guard for you.

All guards are not appropriate for everyone.

My advice to you, even to my own patients is to proceed with TMJ treatment cautiously. If pains do Not reduce in just 1-3 nights, you most likely would respond better to a different design or adjusted night guard.

Has the numbness started to go away yet? Pain should be gone, but the numbness may still persist.

I agree with your TMJ Denist, that when treating TMJ, you should not need medications. If TMJ exercises, appropriate night guard treatment or other conservative treatments do not work, then being treated by a medical Doctor is warranted.

Please keep me updated through this page or maybe even better and more private by emailing me at TMJSpainhower at gmail dot com.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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Constant facial numbness
by: kirstyd

I did see a neurologist and went through quite a few tests e.g spinal tap , MRI and various blood tests . He didn't find anything - i decided because it all started with a pain in my ear and back teeth to look up a tmj dr. The tmj dr found that my bite was off. I have 75% on right side and only 25 % on left side. He also found that my jaw bone in on right side is pushed up into my ear. He said the splints should bring my jaw forward to take the pressure off of my ear and nerves . IS there any other advice you can give to me . An anti inflammatories i should take - my tmj dr doesn't like to give medication - he believes in natural medicine but i feel i should be on an anti inflammatory, I really appreciate your input
Kirsty

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Numbness in the face
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Kirsty,

The numbness has to do with the Facial Nerve (VII).

The TMJ symptoms most likely is brought on by the stress and residual affects of the nerve problem.

I would recommend you see a neurologist for treatment. The splint work most likely is primarily to get you through this tough time of stress.

Most likely bite correction is not the recommended treatment.

It's a difficult condition to treat of which is not an easy one to diagnose and treat properly (especially over the internet).

I had one patient that had a ciber knife treatment for her numbness but the treatment didn't seem to help her.

I wish you well with this difficult condition, and I'll keep you in my prayers as well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower


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