EMA with TMJ and Migraines

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Hello all. I have both sleep apnea and severe TMJ. I am currently unable to use my EMA oral appliance because I am having a lot of trouble opening my mouth to insert the EMA oral appliance. Then it hurts really bad when I can get the EMA oral appliance in.

I called my sleep dentist and they said to try heat and TMJ e exercises. I have bought a few items that can be used as heat items for TMJ but I can not get them hot enough for me.

Then I am not able to do the TMJ exercises. I can not move my jaws like they want me to.

I also suffer from migraines. My last eat one has lasted around 4 months now. I am now trying botox. It could try 3 weeks to see if the Botox will work. I am working on my second week to see if the Botox will work. Some of the referred pain has gone away but am still waiting for this migraine to go away.

I don’t know what else I can do to help with my TMJ pain while waiting to see if my insurance will cover the TMJ trigger point injections and nerve blocks for my TMJ.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for me to try that have worked for them? I am at a total loss. 

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Have you tried the nasal mask instead?

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Yes, Peter I have. I could not stand it either. I am also a mouth breather so it was twice as hard but thanks for the suggestion. 

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@Helapaxt I have a friend who has TMJ and migraines because it  and she just recently got prescribed botox injections into her jaw muscles for it. Apparently it's been wonderful for her and she hasn't had the pain and migraines since. Maybe you can ask your dentist about it? I think it was her ENT who prescribed it but I think dentists can do it too since it tends to be accepted by insurance better that way.

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Thanks. I started botox for migraines but was warned it could cause it hard to open your mouth to talk and eat if you get them for TMJ. I will do some more research. Thanks so much. 

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