So this is the most recent picture I have of me. I went to a wedding last night, but I'm not going to post about the wedding, I'm giving you guys a T.M.J. update. First of all, T.M.J. stands for Temporal Mandibular Joints which are basically your jaw joints right in front of your ears.
Monday, May 26, 2008
In January I started the 2nd part of the treatment which is reconstruction of my jaw through braces and retainers. I currently have a wire on my top teeth that is slowly expanding my mouth. And I'm wearing a retainer on the lower teeth until I get a wire there as well. Eventually I will have braces on all my teeth but right now I only have two on my upper teeth to hold the wire in place. The dentist is moving slow because it is very painful and hard to eat with teeth constantly moving, because of the wire expanding my mouth, which makes my teeth very soar and tender. But it has gotten easier and I've slowly been feeling better.
With the expansion of my mouth though, I've still been having headaches off and on. So I started to experiment with the foods I eat. I knew caffeine was adding to my headaches, so I haven't been drinking coffee for several months now, but after reading a book about healthy foods and harmful foods, I realized that chocolate can have just as much caffeine as a cup of coffee can. I knew chocolate had caffeine, I just didn't realize how much. So I went off chocolate, and immediately my body reacted- for the good! The last of my headaches went away within a day! I honestly couldn't believe how much my body reacted to going off chocolate. I told my doctor's and they had said that I probably have an allergy to chocolate by the way my body was so happy to be without it:-). So it's been about 4 weeks now that I've been off chocolate AND all caffeine products and I've been feeling great! There's still some pain from the jaw joints that I've consistently have had throughout the last year, which will go away as the dentist corrects my jaw; but as for my headaches, I finally figured out the last thing that was contributing to my headaches and it's been great to be without them now!
So there's my update. Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!