In the 80's I developed and lived with TMJ(severe joint pain in the jaw) until my mouth locked shut. In other words the joint was so inflamed that it would not move in the joint and I was fortunate it locked in shut position and not open position. Under a Doctor's care and dentist it eventually opened and I wore a bite sprint that was specially fitted for under the roof of my upper jaw and lost down to 95 lbs.The reason (by the doctor) was extreme tension and stress and I would clinch my jaw at night but no grinding. Now with the economy and with our company and being in the building trade stress and tension has developed again and there is a great deal of pain. I have been drinking chamomile which has relieved the stress especially at night but the pain is still there and headaches on that side of my jaw developes as the day goes on. I started back on Organic Vinegar today, is there anything else that can relieve the pain without going through the doctor process again? I know it can't be healed but just to relieve the pain. Maybe Ted has an answer?
St. Louis, Mo