Saturday, June 21, 2014


Hello those few who still visit here!

I've decided to go ahead and restart this blog.  I have had five more surgeries since the jaw one in 2010.  While these have all been unrelated to TMD they have still greatly impacted my life.  When I'm a little more awake i'll fill you in on all that.

But, as this is a jaw site, I wanted to focus much of this on what has happened  in relation to my jaw and the side effects of the surgery.  I have since been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a very painful condition of the facial nerves.  Basically these nerves branch out throughout the face, and when there is damage to those nerves you can experience immense pain, much like mini electrocutions in various places, mine is mainly along the jaw line. 

I developed this condition as for the jaw surgery they had to cut though the Trigeminal nerves.  I knew this was a risk going in but as my TMD was so serious, I went ahead and did it.  Looking back I would still make the same decision as my quality of life was so diminished.  It's important to be able to eat, not to mention talking and all that was impacted.  It's nice being able to open my jaw again!

Unfortunately my jaw is no longer at a 40mm opening.  It's now about 30 which is still decent but not great.  I desperately need to get a new splint made which is very costly after jaw surgery.  I can't have just a run of the mill kind anymore and it needs to be made by an orthodontist.  I bit through the one my oral surgeon made so am trying desperately to save up enough money to get one made.  I am currently on disability due to severe complications from a surgery in November on my cervical spine so I don't really have the money on hand.

Thank you again for still checking up on me.  I will do my best to get this blog going again so I can keep you all posted on what it's like four years out of my jaw surgery.  I'm eager to find out who is still here so make sure to comment, share your journeys, and ask any questions.  I will do my best to address them as openly and honestly as possible!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Laura,

    Thank you for sharing with us your experience with tmd surgery. I wish and pray to god that this annoying sick pain doesn't occur again in your life. Because I know how painful it is and living with a pain like that everyday. I have TMJD. I live in Bangladesh. I am 23+ years old. It has been 8 years now I am going with this pain and it is becoming worse day by day. I did one surgery for taking off 4 wishdom tooth 3 year ago. But now My doc said to do bone grafting around joint. Because my bones are growing abnormally on both side. I get inflammation pain around neck, around my left eye through joint, around bottom left side of jaw. I have pain and crack noise on both left and right side of jaw. I am afraid of open surgery. Because I am afraid of getting my nerves damaged and I am not sure if I will die by doing this surgery or not. Because doctors hide a lot of secrets now a days. Do you still have tmj pains after surgery?. Are this nerves repairable?. Will I become blind?. I already use glasses to see clearly.

    Thank you!