I am 36 years old and have been living with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2008.
My TMD diagnosis was made in 2006. I have been to numerous dental and maxillofacial professionals over the years. Insurance coverage limits my treatments. I have gone through multiple root canals and teeth replacements on my right joint, which is where all of my nerve and joint pain occurs. I have a droop in my face and often my muscle contracts on my right side. I frequently have my joint pop out of socket, and often have to hold it in while eating, yawning etc. I prefer to eat alone due to the noise and the fact that holding my joint is embarrassing.
I have worked a very tough corporate job for the past 11 years, and I have always been hesitant about jaw replacement surgery, despite my provider's recommendation. I am looking forward to having children at this point, because of the ages of me and my spouse, and hope that shortly after having children I could commit to surgical interventions. I have had injections, bone grafts, etc.
I am beyond grateful for the resources and the personal stories provided on www.tmj.org. Thank you all.