My TMJ Disorder (and how much I hate it)

I’ve mentioned before that I have a chronic TMJ disorder. It’s been about 2 and a half years since the problem started, so I am definitely no stranger to the pain. However, that doesn’t make it any easier to handle. I’m frustrated and discouraged because I feel like I’ve tried everything and nothing has worked.

Here’s a breakdown of everything I’ve tried:

Over-the-counter drugs:

Advil, Tylenol, Robaxacet, and Aleve.

Prescription drugs:

Diclophenac (pills as well as an external gel version), Naproxen, Tylenol #1, Tylenol #3, Gabapentin, and a muscle relaxant I can’t remember the name of.

Other non-drug at-home options:

An essential oil blend, a night guard, Dr. Ho’s pain therapy system, ice packs, and heating pads.

Professional treatments and tests I’ve had done:

Massage, acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, physiotherapy, a CT scan, and several x-rays.

Professionals I’ve seen:

Three doctors, one maxillofacial specialist, two physiotherapists, one acupuncturist/chiropractor, and one dentist.

Professionals I’m still waiting to see:

A neurologist (to see if it’s partially related to nerve pain) and an oral surgeon (to remove my wisdom teeth which could potentially relieve some pain).

I can’t eat anything that requires chewing or opening my mouth wide (basically everything except soup and smoothies).

I can’t chew gum, sing loudly, laugh too much, or even yawn with my mouth open.

I often have to take days off work because I’m just in too much pain to function.

Unfortunately, TMJ disorders slip through the cracks in the medical community. Very few doctors specialize in it, and some doctors even believe there is no way to cure it. In my experience, I’ve had to proactively ask for specific referrals and treatments because my doctor has just prescribed more and more medications to help mask the pain.

Often, there is no real reason for one person to have a TMJ disorder while another person does. Some TMJ disorders can be caused by trauma to the joint, and others can be brought on simply by stress.

TMJ disorders suck, and I wish I could end this post with a happy “I used to have one, but I’ve been cured!” kind of attitude. But, unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. I’m going to have to continue struggling with this for the foreseeable future. I’ll keep going to doctors and specialists. I’ll keep trying this and trying that. Maybe one day I’ll wake up without pain but for now, this is the hand I’ve been dealt.

I don’t know if anyone who reads my blog has struggled with this or not, but I’d like to reach out and ask anyway:

If you have a TMJ disorder, what are some of the things you do to alleviate the pain? What treatments have been beneficial to you?


My Bathroom Makeover [Part 6]: Who Knew You Could Paint a Bathtub?

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Hey everyone! My bathroom is sooooo close to being finished. I can’t believe how different it looks!

Today I’m sharing about how I painted my bathtub. That’s right, I completely refinished my tub with paint! Not just any paint though. I used Klenk’s Epoxy Enamel, which, unfortunately, isn’t on Amazon (I’ve heard great things about Rustoleum’s version of this product though, which you can find here!). Continue reading “My Bathroom Makeover [Part 6]: Who Knew You Could Paint a Bathtub?”


My Bathroom Makeover [Part 5]: Painting the Vanity

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This vanity has been the biggest job in this overhaul by far. I really loved the original vanity, but it had so much paint on it, I knew it would need a LOT of tender loving care. I have spent hours working on it, and I’m so pleased with the result. Continue reading “My Bathroom Makeover [Part 5]: Painting the Vanity”


My Bathroom Makeover [Part 4]: Stripping the Vanity with Citristrip

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When I first saw my hideous bathroom, the only thing I liked was the vanity. Actually, I loved the vanity. While planning my bathroom update, I knew I wanted to keep it, but it definitely needed some TLC. Continue reading “My Bathroom Makeover [Part 4]: Stripping the Vanity with Citristrip”


My Kitchen Transformation [Part 2]

Finally, my kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen! At the end of my last post, it was just an empty room with paint on the walls. Read about it here!

A couple days after I wrote that, I headed over to check if there was any progress. I didn’t take pictures, but my living room was FULL of boxes. My cabinets! My countertop! There were tons of boxes, which is good because I’m looking forward to having lots of cupboards (well, as many as I can have in my small kitchen). Continue reading “My Kitchen Transformation [Part 2]”


My Kitchen Transformation [Part 1]

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Hey all! Work has been absolutely bananas since I went back on the 22nd, so I’ve had no energy to blog when I get home! Ah, the life of a school secretary. Things will start to slow down by the end of September, but the start of the school year is always so chaotic!

I’ve had a few people telling me they love seeing my bathroom update progress, so I thought I’d share the super exciting reno that is happening in my kitchen. I’m so freaking excited about this. The reason I’m doing my bathroom myself is so I can spend my money on a professional kitchen renovation!

Let’s take a look at what’s been done so far… Continue reading “My Kitchen Transformation [Part 1]”