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It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

New CME on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance, an initiative of The TMJ Association, in partnership with the International Pelvic Pain Society, is pleased to announce the release of our newly developed Continuing Medical Education (CME) program on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions.

And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments: “AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The

What Allen Told the Committee

Allen Cowley addressed the second open-to-the-public meeting of the National Institute of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) held on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. No stranger to the world of TMD, Dr. Cowley is the hus

Some Thoughts on Depression

It is hardly surprising that the chronic pain and limitations in function that many long-time TMJ patients experience can be accompanied by a state of depression, a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness.

Diane

  • Dec 29, 2015

I am 53 years old and have had five jaw surgeries. In the first surgery my lower jaw was lengthened. The second surgery bone spurs were removed and the discs were pulled back into place. For the third surgery in 1994, I had artificial joints by TMJ Implants, Inc. The fourth surgery was in August 2012 to remove the worn out joints and insert spacers.  The surgery was very lengthy--over 8 hours. Scar tissue that had formed was removed. One side was out of the hinge and the other side had screws floating in scar tissue. My jaw was wired shut for the first night; images were obtained and sent to the implant manufacturer. After the surgery I had swelling, pain, and facial paralysis. I had minimal movement of my upper lip, nose, and eyebrows. My fifth surgery was in October 2012 for which I received custom joints by TMJ Concepts.  Even though some modifications were necessary to make one of the joints fit, the surgery went very well and I had very little swelling. After a pain protocol was established, I was able to control the pain and chew soft foods.

Now I am three years post op, and I still have side effects from the surgeries. My eyebrows still do not move. I have some swelling in my cheeks and numbness on the right side. In January of 2016 I will have an eyebrow lift. I am also experiencing a hooding effect, which affects my vision. This picture was taken in August of 2015. I'm progressing, but not as quickly as I would like.