I went to the dentist yesterday and his best guess was that it was a teeth grinding thing, so I will be fitted for a nightguard the week after next. He told me to keep taking pills if it bothers me but then quickly added “in moderation”. (Darn!:P)
Wearing a nightguard should be no problem, but there are some wickedly evil habits that I will also have to give up:
-Residual anger/resentment-I tend to be a grudge holder, which is a silly and counterproductive. This quirk of mine particularly comes out during certain times of the month and transgressions from 15 years ago randomly pop into my brain! Get over it? I’m trying damnit! LOL.
-Chewing gum-No more ‘Double Bubble’ watermelon/cherry/apple flavored crap for me or those sour gum balls you can buy in bulk at ‘Bulk Barn’. (My husband does this!)
-Caramel/Candy apples-These treats are murder for everyone’s teeth and jaws, but I swear those things call my name come Halloween time!;)
-No more mandibular nerve demos-This one goes without saying! I’m fairly tough, but if something causes me an extraordinary amount of pain, I’m smart enough to not fall into the macho act of trying to ignore it.
-Find ways to de-stress and try not to overreact to everyday annoyances and inconveniences. Personally, I think this whole jaw thing was aggravated by the whole ‘bus strike’ thing, but in life shit can happen, so its best to try and find coping strategies for dealing with stress. I should also probably get back to using my Wii-fit again soon! Its been asking where the hell I’ve been..
One habit that I do hope to get back into again soon is eating crunchy, healthy foods-Carrots, apples, etc. Its not fun having the diet of a 90-year-old where practically everything is pressed into a fine mash. 😛
Jaw pic and cool article on new therapies to relieve jaw pain:http://advance.uconn.edu/2004/040913/04091309.htm
Caramel apple pic-http://www.candy-apple-shoppe.com