No, no, not “TMI.” Much less interesting.
As a teenager I was diagnosed with a problem with my temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It cracked (on the right side)when I opened my mouth wide, or chewed, or anything like that, and often hurt and gave me headaches. I got braces and headgear and all that awful stuff, and ended up with straight teeth, no more pain, and only occasional cracking.
But two nights ago it became incredibly painful, quite suddenly. I ran for the Ibuprofin which seemed to help a bit but it still hurt like a mofo, I was honestly worried that soon I wouldn’t be able to talk or eat solid food. It may have been the changing weather, by the next morning it was fine, and it’s still okay although I have occasional twinges.
I’m not 100% sure that this is the same problem recurring. But I don’t even know who to ask ! I don’t want to revisit the orthodontist because I can’t bear the thought of more metal in my mouth, and I’m no longer covered by my mom’s insurance. I will pay who I have to pay to get rid of it, but I don’t know where to start: dentist? Doctor? Chiropractor? Acupuncturist?
Anyone else have experience with this?