TMJ/TMD & Sleep (#fibromyalgia)


I actually did have a better sleep last night, with ear plugs that stayed in and several wakes up with pain instead of many.  Some people say that with Fibromyalgia their pain is reduced during the night.  I find it makes little difference and can have very painful nights.

I bought a mattress topper a while ago, which has helped and a sleep body pillow.  I’ve been through about 5 different head pillows and go from chucking it on the floor to using it for a a few hours before chucking it back on the floor again!.

And….then there’s the issue of TMD/TMJ, something I know many will identify with.  This started for me during my running year in 2007, just before any other problem started.   At first I had no idea why I was waking up with a sore jaw and headaches.  A regular visit to the dentist revealed it when he pressed on the upper muscles in my mouth.  Ahhhhh.

At first I got by with a spongy rubbery tooth-guard after cracking a molar and I persevered with this for about 2 years.  Then a visit to my Osteopath revealed a new type of product called an NTI Splint.  After finding a dentist that specialised in these,  I decided to go ahead with it.  It wasn’t cheap, so I paid it up over a few months and this is what it looks like.

It’s supposed to last about a year, but 6 months in and I’d already calved a significant groove in it.  So I went back for some modifications.  The reduction in jaw pain is incredible, and the headaches I do get I know are not related to TMD.  It’s now becoming apparent I need a replacement, but it’ll have to wait until I get some extra cash together.  This is going to have to be a regular expense for me, but a very worthwhile one.  I just hope as it becomes a norm for TMD the price comes down.

I just wanted to thank those who have started to engage with me on wordpress.  It’s something I had been considering doing for a while, but I do so much other stuff online I wondered if I would ever find the time…. and then I found I could post from a variety of devices.  So that’s made things a little easier when I can’t be bothered to put my laptop on.