I'm a "Clencher"!!!
About 3.5 weeks ago, my jaw began to bother me. Both sides of my face felt sore and no amount of rubbing my jaw would make the tenderness go away. After a few days, the pain in my jaw began to bring on headaches...I think I've had a headache every day for about 2 weeks...unfortunately ibuprophen/tylenol are not helping take the headache or the jaw pain away. I finally decided I needed to see a dentist, so this morning, I went in. The dentist took x-rays and did an exam,...after asking me a few questions about how I sleep, he determined that I'm a "jaw clencher". Apparently, at night and while I'm asleep, I'm clenching my jaws together - I'm not grinding my teeth, but I'm clenching them so hard and for so long that it's actually causing my muscles in my jaws to be very sore and inflamed! Well - it's not really a big deal - my teeth look great and since I'm not grinding them there hasn't been any nerve damage. Unfortunately though, he said that the only way to treat it is with a mouth piece that I will have to wear at night. The mouth piece costs $500 and get this - it isn't covered by insurance!!! UGH!!!! I've been searching the internet trying to find any other solution to clenched jaw - I just can't fathom spending $500 for something because my jaw is sore...albeit, it's VERY sore and is actually causing me to feel like my jaw is going to lock up - but still,...$500?!?! Here's the other frustration of mine...if and when I decide to spend $500 to get the friggin' mouth piece, I will have to wait a full month before I can even get it! I know I'm not in the medical field, but a full month to receive a mouth piece...doesn't that seem like a ridiculously long time to wait?!! Ooohhh...I'm frustrated!!! (Lauren, sorry - I guess I need to start over on my 21 days of no complaining, eh?!)