pkwitMemberApril 13, 2013 at 12:58 amPost count: 3
Dear Dr. Corenman,
I had ADCF on c5/6 in 2011 (almost 2 years to the date) I was not having any pain associated with my disc prior to the surgery, but suffered some bowel and bladder problems. At the time of my MRI and meeting with the neurosurgeon, he stated that I had problems at c4/5 and c5/6, but felt c5/6 would benefit more from the surgery. It worked, I have only a couple of instances with the issues I had before. Also, prior to discharging me from his care, he stated that I had cervical myelopathy. He has since moved his practice and I can’t seem to find him to answer my question on current issues.
Since 2012, I have had some consistent spasms on the front left/right side of my neck. Typically, they only hit one side at a time, and spasm into the jaw line. The spasms can last anywhere from 5 minutes to hours and have increasingly gotten worse over this past year (more frequent and more intense). 2 weeks ago during one of the spasms on the left side, (the joint where the jaw meets the ear) began to burn and continued down my face and chin. This lasted for about 10 minutes and then went away. Since that time I have noticed that both sides of my jaws are stiff and my range of motion is not very good. I have taken ibuprofen, heat, ice, muscle relaxants and pain medication to try and give it time, but it’s not getting any better. The jaw pain appears to be worse after a bout of spasms. I am not having any other dental problems.
Could this be caused by my neck? or is it a dental problem?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorApril 13, 2013 at 11:53 pmPost count: 8465
Your complaints are consistent with TMJD (temporal mandibular joint disorder). The cervical nerves that do distribute to the head only cover the back of the head into the forehead region. Your pain seems to be from the actual jaw joint and muscles.
There are specialists (ENT doctors, oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as some dentists) who specialize in these disorders.
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