I’m either paranoid or a hypochondriac…

I’m most likely being a bit of a hypochondriac – but let’s be honest I seem to be having ALL the joint issues these days, so I’m naturally feeling a little paranoid. But I’m just wondering if any of my readers suffer the same thing before I convince myself I have yet another problem to face 🙈…

For the last few weeks I’ve had a really ‘clicky’ jaw. Does anyone else have this? I don’t grind my teeth at night but I do find I’m clenching a LOT and wake up and my jaw aches. I’ve been reading up online about it and what I can do to soothe it – and obviously google says I’m either dying / got cancer / got something called TMD?

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction which is a term for pain and dysfunction of the jaw and joints which connect it to the skull.

Now I’m hoping it’s not the above but it sure is annoying. My jaw basically pops every time I open and close my mouth.

Apparently it can come on with stress, but nothing is telling me how to relieve it. It can also be common in people with arthritis. If anyone has experienced something similar and has any advice please do let me know! In the meantime I’ll be trying heat, ice and booking in to see a dentist (apparently having a boyfriend who works in dentistry isn’t enough and he can’t help me!).

Joey

Xxx

PS for all of you who have been asking me how I’ve been getting on with the old sexy splints – THEY’RE.SO.ANNOYING. I’m still struggling to get to sleep each night – and I tend to throw them off as soon as I wake up in the night and spot a hint of sun rising. But I’m halfway through so I’m still giving them a chance – my wrists and fingers are feeling a little stronger but still get extremely sore towards the end of the day. It tends to spread to my whole arms when I’m having a really bad day too. I’m on the countdown to my next therapy apt in June, so ill keep you all posted.

Author: crystalclearjo

Thirty something Londoner living with Psoriatic Arthritis and a host of spine niggles. Busy proving life isn't all about pain...

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