Psalm 22:26 - The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him -- may your hearts live forever!
You reach for your sandwich and open your mouth to take a bite when shooting pain causes you to stop. The pain runs from the jaw joint and radiates across and up your face. And it’s no fun to experience.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened. Most days it’s not too bad, but lately, the pain has gotten worse. And to top it off, your ears are full of cracking and crunching with every bite you take, as the jaw moves while you eat or even when you yawn.
You’ve also been experiencing headaches and muscle pain in addition to the crunching and clicking.
So what is going on? It’s a chronic condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. And it’s not unusual.
You can learn about the causes, signs and symptoms of TMJ such as pain in the jaw joint or temple, in the article, “Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ),” on medicinenet.com.
Sometimes TMJ can heal quickly and sometimes it can take months of treatment and even surgery. For some, it never fully resolves and it’s a matter of learning how to reduce the pain. Depending on your unique situation, your doctor or dentist may recommend more than one treatment.
You can learn some of the recommended treatments for TMJ in the article, "The Complete Guide to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD,TMJ)," on askthedentist.com.
With this information in hand and an appointment with your dentist scheduled, you can now make a better informed decision on which treatments might be right for you.
Remember also, finding relief from TMJ will once again as the Bible verse above says, allow you to eat and be satisfied. You won’t have to worry as much about being in pain when you eat.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.