Hi to everyone here!
I'm 25, and I just found out this week that I have ES. Let me share my story.
I'm thinking that my troubles all started in my early teen years just after I had my braces removed. It was about a year afterwards when I was 15 years old that I started having a clicking sound in my left jaw, it didn't hurt at all and I kind of thought it was funny. I was totally clueless to TMJ disorder and looking back I wish now I hadn't been such an ignorant kid about it. But...I can't go back now.
Anyway, by the time I was 21 it was clear to me that this clicking sound was never funny and my jaw had gotten to the place where it was effecting everything, my eating, sleeping, everything in my daily life. I was in pain from it off and on, headaches, everything that goes with TMJ. After looking in to everything I could, I finally learned how to cope and just deal with the problem. I learned how not to EVER yawn, and to use a fork for everything, from burgers to bananas.
If I remember right, I think I was about 21 when I first started feeling like there was something stuck in my throat, but I was too busy trying to workout the TMJ problem that I didn't pay too much attention to it. By the time I was 23, I could feel "it" (whatever "it" was) most all the time. I did go a Dr. once then, but he saw nothing and I wasn't able to seek better care at that time. I learned to ignore "it" again for a few more years.
This Feb, I had a Tonsillectomy because of severely cryptic tonsils, I had been having a lot of trouble with them for about 4 years. When I started getting lots of ear pain I knew that I really needed to face it and have it looked at (as you can tell, I don't go to the Dr. unless I absolutely have to!:). They took one look and said they have to go. So I had them removed at age 24. That was the most painful sore throat! I've had Strep several times in my growing up years, Strep is nothing compared to that!
When I had the tonsillectomy I thought for sure it would take care of the feeling of something stuck in my throat, so you can imagine my surprise when a month later I STILL felt "it"!
Well, I just found out this week that I do have ES, and my Dr. is working on getting me approved for surgery.
I do have few questions for you all:
What kind of ES do I have? It sounds really confusing.
Do you think the braces were to blame?
Do you think the TMJ has caused the ES or the ES has caused the TMJ?
And one more:
Have any of you found that your TMJ symptoms were relieved, even a little after the ES surgery? Oh, I don't think I will have a complete removal, but just a partial. How do you think that will effect the TMJ?
Thanks so much!