A few years ago I didn’t know what TMJ was. I had never heard of it. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint disorder. So what does that mean?
Let me explain by telling you how I found out what TMJ was and how I freed myself from it.
Five years ago I was forced to take a different job where I work. I can’t say I was thrilled about it. In fact, I hated my new job. As the weeks went by, the stress got worse and I was really having a hard time dragging myself to work each day.
One evening, I was sitting in my recliner rubbing my forehead. My wife asked me if I had a headache again. I realized that I had been complaining about headaches a lot lately.
No big deal, I just took a few aspirin like always. But this time I took three instead of two because they just didn’t seem to be taking my headache away.
Finally I went to see my doctor. She told me I had a sinus infection and she gave me some antibiotics to clear it up. But after two weeks, the headaches were worse.
So, it was back to the doctor. This time she sent me for x rays of my head. Upon examination of the x rays, she again told me that I had a sinus infection. It was off to the drug store for stronger antibiotics.
Soon the headaches had become constant and grew continuously worse. I was having trouble concentrating on anything. I went to bed with a headache and woke up with a headache. It got to be like one of
those headaches you get when you eat ice cream to fast. Constant, terrible pain.
My wife went to the nearby health food store and they gave her some herbal something or other that would definitely clear up my sinus problem.
It didn’t. I tried melting Vicks Vapo Rub in a bowl of boiling water and breathing in the fumes to open my sinuses. No luck. My Dad who was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer even gave me some of his Darvocet tablets, which is an extremely strong pain medication.
I was taking Darvocet three and four at a time, to try to relive the pain. Nothing worked. Again, I went to my doctor and guess what she said the problem was. Yep, my sinuses. By now the pain had grown so bad, that I couldn’t go to work. I couldn’t do much of anything and the doctor sure wasn’t helping.
One night, after suffering for nine months, it got so bad that I almost past out from the pain. My wife loaded me into the car and drove me to the emergency room. I waited and waited and waited. Finally they examined me and said I needed a C.A.T Scan. I’m not sure what that is, but I sat there in pain until they got the results.
Then came the diagnosis. Sinus infection. I could have screamed! They did finally give me something for the pain. It helped a little but made me vomit.
The doctor that night in the emergency room, made an appointment for me for the following week with an ear, nose and throat specialist. Yep, I had to wait another week with the pain.
The specialist examined me and looked at my C.A.T. scan. He sat me down and asked me who told me that I had a sinus infection. I told him that everyone that had examined me said that’s what it was.
Then he laid it on me that I had TMJ. He said I had the cleanest sinuses he’d ever seen. No wonder, all the sinus medication I was taking.
He began to explain to me just what TMJ was. Temporomandibular disorder. He said TMJ was an acute inflammation of my temporomandibular joint. This is the area where the jaw connects to the skull.
The specialist laid out a plan to relieve the pain which, he said, might involve snipping some of the ligaments in my jaw. By now I would have tried anything. He scheduled me for the following week and gave me some medication that took the edge off the pain. But it was still there.
That same weekend I was talking to a friend of mine and I noticed he had one of those Q-Ray bracelets on. I asked him about it and he said he got it because of his arthritis. And that it really worked. Well, like I said, I would have tried anything.
My friend gave me the website to order a bracelet which cost me $100.00. I even paid extra for fast delivery. I knew this was going to be another disappointment but I was going to try it.
I took the bracelet out of the box and put it on my wrist. That was January 22, 2004. Several hours later, the pain was still there. Just as I thought, it didn’t work. But I kept the bracelet on and went to bed.
The next morning when I woke up to go to work, I realized that for the first time in nine months, I didn’t have a headache. No pain, nothing. It was gone. Completely gone. I woke my wife and was so excited, she couldn’t understand what was going on at first.
Not only was the pain gone, but I felt great. I wanted to jump up and down and tell everybody I saw that day that my headache was gone. I have had my Q-Ray bracelet on for over five years now. The TMJ is long gone.
Some people told me that those Q-Ray bracelets are bogus and it was all in my head. My response is always the same. I don’t know if it was psychological or not, all I know is that for nine months my headaches were so severe and untreatable that I think I actually was going crazy.
Let me say one more thing. I am in no way affiliated with the Q-Ray company. They don’t even know it but I’m there best salesman. When someone sees my bracelet and asks me if it really works, I tell them simply, I works for me. Thanks Q-Ray.