I've started violin somewhere around 4-5 years of age. Now that I'm 20 years of age, and still practicing, I've taken a slight toll and things have gone awry. Ever since my freshman year at Peabody Conservatory, every November, my mandible dislocates while I'm asleep. I'm already a third year student, but just last week, my mandible dislocated once again, this time out of the routine November deadline.
Now what I should mention is that having this dislocated mandible problem leaves my entire body (more particularly my back, arms, and legs) sore and virtually incapacitated for days and even weeks. This ain't too good for my fiddlin', and I had to actually cancel my degree recital because of this problem.
Here's what actually happens when I wake up to my TMJ disorder: I am only semi-conscious; my mouth is left wide open; I cannot physically close my mouth; my jaw muscles are very sore; my body is in a fight-or-flight situation; people around me take me to an ER, where I get fixed up. How they fix me up is by yanking down my jaw, pulling it outwards, and then shoving it back in. Sound fun, I know... but by then, my jaw muscles are already numb and pain is kept to a minimum... that is... until a few hours later when my body starts giving into stress and pains.
Yesterday, I went to a neck and head specialist who said the only permanent way of actually fixing this problem is via surgery. One type of surgery will have me in a jaw brace for an entire year, while the other will not guarantee me TMD-problem-free.
Have any of you experienced any of the above? Whether it be dislocated jaws/mandibles/TMJ, or jaw surgery, or even slight growth problems in the jaw?
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