I just wanted to give you all a bit of a heads up - I am going through some rough medical issues with my jaw if you haven't seen the couple posts where I have mentioned it. In Nov 2007 I went to the denist after 5 years and had 3 fillings done, small ones nothing major - or so I thought. The dentist messed up my mouth something fierced, cracked another tooth - told me my pain was normal - and within 2 weeks I was crying everyday, had lost 20 pounds from not being able to eat and couldn't bite down - which is when he finally said, Oh I think I cracked your tooth - so he then had to fill that one. However when he filled it - he didn't do normal fillings on me - he encapsulated the teeth with the material. By mid January, I was still in alot of pain, still couldn't eat much and went to a different dentist who started working with my weekly trying to get my bite back so that my teeth would come together correctly trying to get the pain to go away. On Feb 22 2008 ( 1 year ago) I woke up to my mouth being locked to where I could not open it past 2 1/2 inches. It was like this for about a month. I was then refered to the ENT then to the TMJ specialist. That is when I found out that my insurance (medical and dental) neither cover TMJ. So the specialist was 200 just to walk through the door and typical treatment is 2500, which I can not afford. So after ALOT of muscle relaxers I finally got it to open, and within a few months I could open it completely with just it poppping periodically. Well, on Feb 4th 2009, I woke up to my jaw hurting so bad in my ear, my cheek bone, and down my top and lower jaw on my right side. My dentist will no longer help me till I go to the specialist. I have been eating Hydros (pain pills) and Aleve like you would not believe. In the last couple days my face on the side of the pain is spasming, sharp shooting pain through my face, ear feels on fire, and it is going into my head and eyes and down my neck. In the mornings I am feeling alright - just dull pain, but by night from talking and eating I am in tears and just praying to make the pain stop. Today I broke down and called the specialist. They can not get me in until April 1st.... which is a month and a half. I have 10 pain pills to last me till then. So if I only take 1/2 pill, that is still only 20 days and leaves me almost a full month before even seeing the doctor. Then I have to figure out how in the heck I am paying for the specialist. We have submitted a claim to the Idaho State Board of Denistry against the beginning dr. But all they can do is find him guilty of giving substandard care. If he "offers" to pay for treatment great but they can't force him. Although if he is guilty then we can take him to court, however how long is this going to take and will I ever see the payment to the specialist to fix me. My regular dentist that the family sees now, thinks that I may need surgery now for it. So if I am not on much at night, or you see me on messanger saying laying down - not well - you know why. I am not trying to hide out on you all - but by night time - I am hurting so bad my head is foggy and my sight is a little blurry.