Seems like a while since I've done a post. I've been pretty busy. What with my three times a week physical therapy sessions for my recovering injured leg (coming along nicely thank you) and trying to keep up with my gardening work, two whole days have gone by without a blog post from yours truly.
I have to be a downer but it seems like I have a new problem. My left jaw is sore. Not all the time but when I move it. Sometimes the soreness is more intense than other times. I thought at first it might have something to do with an old root canal I had done years ago. When I was at the dentist a couple of week ago for my long delayed semi-annual checkup, my dental hygienist indicated that "there is some pathology going on there" when she saw a dark area around my root canal. She said "It could be scar tissue or it could be something else." I don't want to hear about the "something else" so I quickly convinced myself it was scar tissue and put it out of my mind.
Now three days ago I noticed that when I chew a certain way, pain results. Not at the base of the tooth but above, where my jawbone attaches to my skull. "Oh Christ!" I think . . . . "what now?" Of course I put it out of my mind and ignored it, hoping it would go away or resolve itself but the sensitivity and pain has stayed with me. So yesterday I gave in and made a dental appointment. That is tomorrow at 12 noon.
My friend Pat is coming down this Saturday for a week's visit to Delaware and my home state of Pennsylvania. I had other plans but he may be accompanying me to another round of doctor's visits.
I did a little Internet checking on jaw pain and I discovered "TMJ", a "pain tenderness of your jaw." Yep, that's what I have.
TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the connection between the jawbone to the skull. The injured temporomandibular joint leads to pain with chewing, clicking, and popping of the jaw; swelling on the sides of the face; nerve inflammation; headaches; tooth grinding; Eustachian tube dysfunction; and sometimes dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joint syndrome is also known as the temporomandibular joint disorder.
It said that painful TMJ disorder can occur if:
- The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
- The joint's cartilage id damaged by arthritis
- The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact
I think my problem is either arthritis (which I now have in various parts of my body) or, somehow my jaw disk eroded or moved out of its proper alignment.
I hate to seem to always be the bearer of bad news in this blog. It seems that I have one health issue after another.
My leg is healing and I can now walk without my cane, but I still carry it with me in case my knee buckles. I am attending one-hour physical therapy sessions three times a week which are very beneficial to me.
My leg is still swollen and will be so for months to come (according to my doctor and physical therapist) but I can live with it.
I still can't drive but I can ride in the passenger seat of my car.
I also still can't kneel and pull weeds or transplant plants but I manage by stooping over which I know isn't good for my back.
But you know folks, I'm walking around on my own two legs now and for that I am grateful.