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Date: 7/12/13 2:52 PM

Went to visit my cousin yesterday and she told me a story that happened over 25 years ago. Thought you folks might be interested.

In her early 30's, she had a sudden on set of bad headaches. It was constant. Her primary care doc gave her pain meds, didn't help. When she mentioned the headache to her Gyno, he took her off Birth control pills for a while to see if that worked. It didn't, and she was a newly wed. Being off the birth control was stressful for her. Went back to her primary care and he suggested a chiropractor, thinking it was something in her upper vertebrate.

After one of the sessions with the chiro(which were doing no good for the headache), she noticed a lot of pain in one of her breasts. Doc said she had to have it checked out. She went through all those tests only to be told that the chiro was a bit to over zealous in one of the adjustments. She didn't go back. She went to her dentist for a regular appointment. She told him, she couldn't open her mouth too wide due to the awful headache. He asked her to open far enough to put the little blue strip of paper between her teeth. He had her bite down. Took his tools and did some picking and scraping. He told her to close her mouth.

Her headache was gone!!!!! All along it had been her bite causing the headaches. She and I had gotten into this discussion, when I started telling her my journey with the "finger". Six months from the onset of her headaches, she finally found the right doc who knew what to do. Three months after the onset of my finger thing, I found the right doc.

So for those of you who are suffering headaches of an unknown origin...see your dentist

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Date: 7/12/13 3:45 PM

She is lucky she found the right solution. I had terrible headaches for years, an oral surgeon wanted to break my jaw and re-wire it (back in the 1980s when THAT was popular).
Mine was TMJ also. Two dentists told me to avoid the surgery at all costs, so I did and am still grateful for the advice.

Finally, I talked with a massage therapist who had braces done by a dentist/orthodontist who had studied TMJ. It helped her, so I gave it a try. Braces worked for me and I had no more of those type headaches.

I have a friend who has suffered with headaches for years. She has seen neurologists, done the braces, tried everything according to her. She claims she uses no perfumed products in the home, including soaps & laundry detergent. It's not hteir house, because they spent a month or two in Arizona one winter, to see if that helped. She recently got health insurance approval for the Botox injections and we're all hoping it helps her.

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Date: 7/12/13 4:22 PM

I have had migraines most of my life so it took awhile to notice that the "new" headaches I was having were different from the usual. They were different both in place of the pain and the type of pain. Eventually, I traced it back to a recent filling I had. A couple of minutes with the blue paper and the drill to file off a tiny bit of the new filling and I was fine. i don't think he even charged me for it. Amazing. The migraines went away after I had surgery for acid reflux. Nobody really knows why.

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Date: 7/12/13 4:41 PM

I similarly had a long headache saga when younger, which was resolved when I visited the dentist for a routine check up. 'Not surprised', he said 'You've impacted molars'.

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Date: 7/12/13 6:22 PM

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i don't think he even charged me for it. Amazing.

That is amazing.

Thanks for this thread, JTink. I never thought about this possible connection.

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Date: 7/12/13 6:33 PM

I use to grind my teeth at night and would wake up with a killer headache and a sore jaw!. My dentist fit me with a mouth guard and no more pain or headaches.

When you think about it it's amazing the problems your mouth/teeth can create.

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Date: 7/12/13 7:19 PM

These stories are real eye openers. My husband has TMJ, but has no headaches. My cousin, doesn't have any jaw problems. It was just her "bite" being off a bit, caused all the problems. Wish everything in life was that easy to fix. Sad we have to go through so many docs to find the one who can do the fixing

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Date: 7/12/13 7:39 PM

I just came home from a massage. The kind I have is physical therapy and not relaxation. I want to feel younger and move better, and this helps me a lot.

My LMT was working on my hands and asked if I had a headache. A minor one still, as she worked a lot on my neck to get it to move again. I have had a stiff neck for over a week. She checked my left hand between my thumb and first finger and squeezed a little. A lot of resistance there. She said she has studied reflexology and this is a spot that holds stress in lots of people and to squeeze gently and then harder and hold it for a couple of minutes. My headache was much improved. My right hand was fine and no resistance in the hand. I still have a minor headache, but it is much better now.

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Date: 7/12/13 10:39 PM

LearnTo Sew,
Do you recommend finding an LMT based on recommendations from trusted friend(s)/family; or doctor recommendations, or looking at their credentials? Also, do you think they are a substitute at times for a chiropractor; or a support to chiropractic? (I've been mulling over going to the chiro, or finding a massage therapist.)

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Date: 7/13/13 7:51 AM

Shanti, I went to a Chiropractor for years. They are good for a quick fix, but you find yourself depending on the adjustments. Just my opinion, I would start out with the Massage Therapist. The one time I got a massage, I never wanted it to stop.

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