Well, its time to write about something else other than computer programming.
Its time to write about TMJ.
TMJ is a SERIOUS problem.
What’s TMJ? Well, the TMJ in the human body is that really cool jaw joint that allows your jaw to move up and down and also side to side. Its located right in front of your ear, at the “temple”.
If you put your pinky in your ear (GENTLY!) and move your jaw, you’ll feel some motion in your ear canal.
Grinding your teeth at night, or excessive teeth clenching is called “BRUXISM”. Bruxism can RUIN your TMJ, making it click and pop and even causing your ears to really really hurt.
So people usually write TMJD or just TMD to stand for “Temporomandibular Joint Disorder”. The “disorder” is basically that you’re ruining your own TMJ through not treating it properly.
My story is a long one, and I’m not going to write it all here. But let’s just say that the TMJD got out of control. It had to stop, immediately.
How do you stop TMJ? How do you stop bruxing? Is there a cure for TMJ? Is there a cure for bruxism?
I’ve tried everything.
And I found something that works to stop bruxing, and by virtue of that, over time, seems to start to allievate some of the symptoms of TMJD.
I’m also on a soft food diet (mashed potatoes!) to help my jaw to heal.
Well, one thing is “bruxing” is apparently aggravated by stress.
For me, the “bruxing” was aggravated BY MY EARS. For some reason, I bruxed more because of the condition of my ears. So, the problem fed itself, and it was a very, very vicious cycle.
I needed to STOP BRUXING IMMEDIATELY. But night after night, it would happen again and again.
I tried a lot of different things, many of which simply didn’t work, as I am a very heavy sleeper and when my body wants to bite or clench, it FINDS A WAY TO DO IT, which is very very frustrating to wake up to. Then I finally found lifematters.com.
LIFE SAVER. I purchased the MyoTrac device for $650, paid for customs and all that, and finally I’ve hooked it up to my computer.
WELL. IT WORKS. I got a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio adapter and plugged in the audio output of the MyoTrac device to my computer’s mic input. I put the mic on “live” and jack the computer volume way up, so the beeping is now louder (but not ear-damagingly loud, of course). The beeping of the MyoTrac just isn’t loud enough to wake me up reliably.
that plays music when you clench or grind your teeth. Music is nicer to wake up to than strange beeping. Plus you’ll memorize whatever song you load up… its gonna happen really often.
Hey Betty Boop you got me droolin’
I’m using Aerosmith’s My Fist Your Face
The MyoTrac is VERY good and VERY reliable. In fact, it generates quite a few false alarms when you move your eyebrows or if the electrodes come off your face.
I actually have a hard time with the electrodes coming off my face. That happens often, because of the way my face curves. So I have to tape it down really hard and turn the sensitivity way down. [WARNING: DO NOT USE JUST ANY TAPE. USE SURGICAL TAPE. OTHER TAPE TYPES USE __TOXIC__ ADHESIVE AND CAN REALLY HURT YOU!
Every night, I’m waking up 10-15 times, and I’m GLAD THAT I’M DOING IT. Its MUCH BETTER than waking up with compounded, unbearable pain in your teeth, jaws and ears.
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