June 10, 2017
TMJ cure (temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or TMD) > Jaw pain
MY JAW PAIN ISSUE:
June 2017: Started in mid-June on the left side. Jaw started “popping”. Relatively less pain while chewing on the left side (where there is pain).
I did a lot of exercises and massage as per videos below, and by early July it got fixed. Took around 2-3 weeks to return to normal.
1 October 2017: Woke up at night with left jaw hurting a lot. In the morning could not eat even a biscuit.
4 October 2017: Jaw pain continuing. High level when I wake up, subsides during the day.
20 October 2017: Continuing pain; milder than before but still there.
Step 1: Change food habits
STOP CHEWING. ONLY SWALLOW FOOD. STOP ANY THING THAT MAKES THE JAW POP (See other steps listed below)
Step 2: Heat and ice the jaw
HEAT IT AND ICE IT
Step 3: Press on the sore spot inside the mouth
THIS IS THE BEST ADVICE: >>
Step 4: Massage the jaw from outside
Step 5: pull the jaw down
Step 6: Move the jaw side to side and front to back
How to Eat Right When Temporomandibular Joint Pain Flares Up
- Take small bites
- Chew slowly
- Cut all foods into bite-size pieces
- Limit jaw opening to the extent that is comfortable
- Select moist foods or use gravies or sauces to moisten foods
- Chop whole foods to consistencies that can be comfortably tolerated
- Peel fruits and vegetables that have skin
Food Preparation Tips for People With TMD
- Peel all fruits with hard or chewy skin (example: apples, peaches, plums, pears).
- Chop whole (peeled) fruits.
- Use the blender to puree or “sauce” any fruits.
- Make smoothies with peeled fruits in the blender, adding ice, milk or yogurt.
- Wash, steam, or cook greens such as spinach, chard, kale, or collards for 2 to 3 minutes, finely chop into a ribbon-like thickness.
- Chop tomatoes.
- Peel and finely chop cucumbers.
- Peel and either shred or finely chop or mince root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, or beets. If chopped, cook after chopping.
- Cook broccoli, cauliflower, or other similar vegetables until tender, then chop.
- Juice or make smoothies with any vegetables by following the juicing machine instructions.
- Make vegetable soups and purees.
- Peel, cook until tender, and chop other vegetables with skin.
- Cook, chop, and mash potatoes (white or sweet).
- Try purchasing commercial vegetable or tomato juices.
Legumes & Nuts
- Cook and mash or puree legumes that are larger than the size of a pea.
- Use nut butters (any nuts can be used).
- Cook poultry or meats until tender; moisten with broth, gravies, or other sauces; cut into bite-size pieces.
- Cook and cut fish into bite-size pieces, soften with sauces as desired; make tuna salad.
- Chop tofu and tempeh into bite-size pieces; tempeh may need moistening.
- Consume all milk products, yogurt, and cheese as tolerated.
- If unable to eat protein foods or nut butters, try alternatives such as meal replacement beverages (example: instant breakfast and whey protein beverages or powder).
- Prepare hot cereals.
- Try couscous, quinoa, farro, rice, and other cooked grains.
- Cook orzo and other small pasta until tender.
- Cut thin toast into small pieces.