Monica P – Montana
- Posted on: Jun 20 2015
I cannot believe where I am today…Pain Free! I started having my symptoms of TMD about 13 years ago. It started with numb hands and arms that felt like they were in a vice clamp during my sleep but eventually progressed to any time of the day. At first, I would go to the chiropractor and get relief. I was told it was a neck problem, which sounded right. This was truly a long progression that developed into SEVERE muscle spasms mainly around my shoulder blades and neck, but I would have spasms all over my upper torso. Not the typical TMJ/TMD symptoms one heard of.
This problem progressed over such a long period of time being misdiagnosed, I can look back and see that I am one tough lady to continue with my very physical job and deal with the amount of pain I was in. The last year before I found out what was wrong, I cried a lot. It was part of my life that crept up to the point that I would think of suicide. Once I started feeling better I have not thought that way again, period. The ones who love me, thank God, were patient because I was hard to be around. Very angry, hurting, and sad yet the real me was still there and I knew that wasn’t who I really was.
In the last three years of severe pain I went for help to different chiropractors, cranial sacral therapists, and energy healers one or two times a week. I paid a lot of money and no one put it together. My problem finally progressed to where I was losing the strength in my left arm. It was very scary, I knew it would atrophy if I continue this path and I am the only source of income. I decided to do some searching on the internet. Using my numb hands and arms, I typed and on the first search came Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies’ website. It listed numb hands and arms as a symptom of TMD. When I saw that – I knew immediately that this really may be it. My jaw has always been wacky even my dentist AT THE TIME saw when I opened my mouth how dramatic my lower jaw went every which way, he said WOW – and never informed me of the seriousness. I knew I needed real help to get me through.
Using the LVI website I found the closest doctor in Idaho. I traveled about three hours each way to see him for probably five visits. He made an orthotic for me and got my jaw in a comfortable position, the spasms substantially subsided. He decided it was time for me to go into orthodontics. The closest Neuromuscular Orthodontist to me was in Calgary, Alberta, a five hour drive each way and worth every effort made to get to him.
My life has now taken a total permanent turn-around, thanks to my LVI-trained doctor. I am now out of orthodontics and I feel this happiness inside that I never thought I would feel. I am also so grateful to the Las Vegas Institute because in my mind, the doctors who finalized my bite and LVI saved my life, or at the very least enhanced the overall QUALITY of my life. I will forever be grateful.
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