TMJ, neck strain, arm and TOS

by April
(League city texas)


I read about TOS HERE ON YOUR SITE THROUGH GOOGLE SEARCH. I am 28 female, and have had a list of symptoms and pain with the main life altering kind since 9 days ago today.

Starting in my jaw. Then also with my jaw, the neck, ER said strain. I had a episode today like the arm thing of TOS, have also had a sharp or throbbing pain along my left rib and yesterday and today my chest.

Once was into my back and that was during pain/ feeling in my spine and even my collar bone. I believe all this is linked from my jaw however i do not exercise and haven't done anything to cause body harm other than over yr ago car a finest hurt my neck several days later but had only a pinching feeling

A few days my neck after it stopped and a year later at that. My jaw alignment, joint is off and its hard to eat. I also had in last year off on a pain or pop in side or front my throat like a ring was off or pop out. Slightly painful or not at all, just uncomfortable.

My symptoms since 9 days ago started jaw alignment and jaw shutting once when eating hard on my front teeth, neck pain and strain and in to my head since 3 days ago. I have been mostly confined to sitting reclined in the recliner and if can eat soup or oatmeal or very mushed. The second day of this I had a thriving sharp pain in my head and head temples into back head to neck and top head throbbing sharp pain. It lasted hours then went away.

All of this is affiliated with my jaw and neck and spine where most pain or discomforts are. It is for sure messing with my nerves, at times balance and focus. I have two young kids to care for and husband works a lot so i really need help in figuring out where to go, who to see, and what to do to help or fix my jaw and all these seemingly growing symptoms.

Sometimes effecting my tongue, teeth, back right eye, head, spine. My husband doesn't understand.

Hello April,
It's good you've been to the ER to rule out a heart condition; pain in the chest, arm and jaw.

Because there is dizziness thrown in to this very complex mixture of symptoms, I'd stay with the medical world for a while. Let them assess you.

Once you have the all clear start looking for a chiropractor who works with the jaw joint. It's very interrelated with the neck, and you need someone who can work with both.

Talk to friends, perhaps phone your local chiropractic state organisation, ask your doctor; what chiro works with the jaw?

I hope this contributes.

dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

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10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

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