I've been clenching my teeth at night lately. Hard. So hard that my jaw and face muscles hurt the next day. I got a bite guard at the store which has helped significantly. It was very distracting for a few days, but now I barely even notice it.
Interestingly, when I wake up on my own I don't seem to be clenching so hard, but when I'm awakened by, say, the alarm clock, I note that my jaws are clamped down on that bite guard tighter than a pair of channel-lock pliers.
I've been taking a new prescription the past few months, and upon doing a little research, learned that one of the side effects - which is completely unrelated to anything, it seems - is night time jaw clenching.
Huh! At least I know why I've picked up this weird reflex. You learn something new every day. :)
1 week ago
Ya always gotta read the FINE print, Clewy! Hope you get some relief soon for it!
OMG that's terrible! (((((Clew)))))
OMG! I hope you don’t fall asleep while giving a blow job. It’s hard to get a second date that way.
Okay, I'm trying to recover from the fit of giggles coffeypot's comment started ;)
You have to weight the pros and cons about certain medications that is true.
About a year ago I couldn't figure out why I would feel like I drank a gallon of caffeine when in fact I had none. After talking with a fellow instructor, I learned that her parents had the same symptoms when they switched to Splenda. I had been getting lemonade made with splenda from Chic Fil A.....things you learn about through experience. Needless to say I don't use splenda and I definitely have to read the fine print on many food products now.
Yeah, I've got a minor case of TMJ, but mine is stress related - not medicinally induced. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are bad habits to pick up. See if you can't pick yourself up a night guard - even a traditional sports mouthpiece will help. :)
Ya know those little, tiny, thin ends of the bell curve? Someone has to make sure they don't go away ... it's people like us that make that thing a bell CURVE anyway!!!
I do that a lot too and I'm not taking anything to make me do it. I have to mentally release my jaw before going to bed and usually I don't have any facial/bone aches the next day so I guess I don't do it so much anymore.
I do this also.
My husband works in the dental industry and there are people trying to do a front teeth product to avoid the pressure (with a night guard) on the back teeth. If you have any dental work keep in mind that crowns etc can break with teeth clenching.
Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)
All I can say to this is... you're weird.
But I love you anyway!
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