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437077 tn?1263600028

SEVERE TMJ IS IT FIXABLE?

MRI SHOW RIGHT SIDE: ANTERIORLY DISPLACED DISC IN MEDIAL PORTION. LEFT SIDE (PAINFUL) SHOWS: ABNORMAL MORPHOLOGY W/ MILD FLATTENING, ANTERIOR OSTEOPHYTE. REDUCED ANTERIOR TRANSLATION IN OPEN MOUTH, ANTERIOR DISC (MENISCAL) DISPLACEMENT ON BOTH OPEN AND CLOSED POSITION. sECONDARY CHANGES OF DISC REMODELING WITH DISC FLEXION AND INTERMEDIATE ZONE SHORTENING ALSO,  COMPLETE ANTERIOR DISPLACEMENT OF LEFT TMJ DISC (MENISCUS), WITH ASSOCIATED DEGENERATIVE CHANGES INVOLVING THE MANDIBULAR CONDYLE . CAN YOU INTERPERT THIS EXACTLY FOR ME. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT REPAIRABLE. THE PAIN HAS LEFT ME DISABLED AND DEPRESSED FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS. I AM ONLY 40 YEARS YOUNG. THE PAIN DESTROYED MY RELATIONSHIP AND MY DAUGHTER MOVED BACK WITH HER DAD. I WAS AN UPBEAT HAPPY PERSON, NOW LIFE IS NOT THE SAME. HELP! WHAT SHOULD I DO?  
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373693 tn?1324485502
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You cannot make a specific TMJ diagnosis without a clinical examination.  

Your MRI report is consistent with a long history of TMJ inflammation and trauma.  There are many things that may provide you with significant improvement.  Most patients get better without surgery and those requiring surgery often feel better afterwards.

You should see a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who provides TMJ therapy and treats temporal mandibular disorders.

I further suggest you seek consult with a mental health professional about your "depression".

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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437077 tn?1263600028
THANK YOU DR FOR RESPONSE. I APPRECIATE IT. I AM SEEING A PAIN MNGMT DR AND A SOCIAL WORKER WHO TRIES TO HELP BUT I NEED TO HELP MY OWN MIND SET AS WELL. A GIRL THAT WON BEST SMILE HER SENIOR YEAR IS FINDING IT HARD TO SMILE, AND THAT HURTS. I AM TAKING MEDS THAT HELP THE MAJORITY OF THE PAIN BUT IT IS ALWAYS THERE. I AM ALSO GOING TO THE STRONG HOSPITAL TMJD CLINIC IN ROCHESTER NY IN MAY. AGAIN, THANK YOU  
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