Amir wrote:I never learnt this in dental school. I wish I had.
CureOrBust wrote:I am referring specifically to palpitating of the lateral pterygoid muscle! A topic which you have not specifically addressed.
I think one does not have to go far. Just type on the search pages TMJ pain and you get countless references to jaw problems:
Here are a few links I copied:
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-d ... 20820.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/chronic-c ... 20670.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/undiagnos ... 22715.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/introduct ... 20673.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/copaxone- ... c3732.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/tecfidera ... 21-45.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-d ... c8076.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-d ... 16421.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/chronic-c ... 21962.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/chronic-c ... 25117.html
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-d ... 10864.html
One can also make searches under:
Facial pain, jaw ache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, tinnitus, sinnusitis, deafness, tooth grinding, bruxism, dental extraction orthodontics, wisdom teeth extractions and you will find countless pointers right on this very forum.
A small diagnostic tool is the palpation of the lateral pterygoid muscle. I am not going to get stuck on this and deny the readers of this forum further insights derived from treating very many 'MS' patients
Other tests would include an examination of the type of bite, jaw function and limitations, tooth attrition, orthodontic and skeletal class, dental extraction history, the maxillary level and cant, palpation
of all the muscles around the head eg: the Trapezius, Sterno-mastoid, Masseter, Temporalis and the Mylohyoid. One would look to see which side is more painful and stiffer. The symmetry of the Atlas vertebrae, scoliosis, the symmetry of the eyes, ears, and maxilla and their relation to each other, cranial distortions, the shoulder, rib cage and hip levels, foot arch collapse, the short leg phenomenon etc. etc.
Any imbalance on the front of the face causes serious imbalance on the neck vertebrae and consequently on all the muscles supporting the jaw and the head. It also causes compensatory distortions of the lower spine and hips. Nerves emanating from the spine give rise to various neuralgic pains, numbness, and other disabilities. Experience shows that these symptoms are unrelated to 'brain lesions' because they usually resolve rapidly.
Readers will be well advised to look for all these additional pointers and seek appropriate treatment.