I'm looking for some feedback from people with bad TMJ who've had it successully treated. I've had TMJ for years, finally met a dentist who's referred me on to a specialist. I've had splints, physio, osteopathic treatment, cranio-sacral treatment (actually found that good but way too expensive) and I've been given completely different advice from various dentists along the way. One guy (who another dentist told me wasn't fully qualified for what he was planning to do) wanted me to wear a contraption involving steel rods attached to braces in my mouth for 2 years 24 hours a day to pull my upper jaw forward, followed by a few years of orthodontic work, and another has told me I need to have an operation to break and re-set my jaw, followed by a few years of orthodontic work.
Before I meet the specialist I'd like to hear from people who have had the jaw re-setting done, or who have experienced successful pain relief in any other way. I can't take anti-inflammatories, I've had valium prescribed a few times because I end up with my neck muscles getting so tight from the TMJ that I can't move it, but obviously that isn't a long term, or daytime solution! I'm experiencing a lot of pain at the moment and I've never felt that my jaw muscles were this tight before (I've been diagnosed for over 12 years), I just really want to get something practical done now.
Thanks in advance for any feedback/advice/stories!