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Hello!

I'm going crazy. For months I couldn't figure out why I was waking up with severe headaches that would last all day, or why my jaw started hurting really bad this weekend.

Come to find out, my mom heard me grinding my teeth in my sleep this week. I haven't damaged my teeth too badly at this point from what I can tell but the grinding is fairly obvious. My mom does the same thing in her sleep and she had an extra (un-molded) mouth guard that I used for the first time last night.

Didn't wake up with a headache or jaw pain this morning.....

but an hour ago the jaw pain came back! No headache yet but it hurts so much to talk and my jaw is very stiff.

Anyone else grind their teeth? What do you do to make the pain go away??? I took some tylenol this morning and that stopped some of the pain, but now it's back and nothing is working. I know it's stress that's making me do it in the first place and I want to be able to calm down but this whole freaking process constantly has me on edge. I cut out all caffeine and chewing gum because I heard that makes the grinding worse. I'm surprised my dentist didn't notice when I went for a cleaning about a month ago, but like I said I haven't damaged my teeth (much).

It feels like I've been punched in the face a gazillion times. :cry:


Divorced. To hell with him.

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Well, you came at least to a place where you can get "sympathy grousers".

Many of us have been through the piles of cr@p that the chopfracks at USCIS generate.

(for me, the "hurry-up-and-wait" phase of having an approved I-140 but not being able to proceed further, from Sept. 1997-Apr. 1999).


2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in

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Hello!

I'm going crazy. For months I couldn't figure out why I was waking up with severe headaches that would last all day, or why my jaw started hurting really bad this weekend.

Come to find out, my mom heard me grinding my teeth in my sleep this week. I haven't damaged my teeth too badly at this point from what I can tell but the grinding is fairly obvious. My mom does the same thing in her sleep and she had an extra (un-molded) mouth guard that I used for the first time last night.

Didn't wake up with a headache or jaw pain this morning.....

but an hour ago the jaw pain came back! No headache yet but it hurts so much to talk and my jaw is very stiff.

Anyone else grind their teeth? What do you do to make the pain go away??? I took some tylenol this morning and that stopped some of the pain, but now it's back and nothing is working. I know it's stress that's making me do it in the first place and I want to be able to calm down but this whole freaking process constantly has me on edge. I cut out all caffeine and chewing gum because I heard that makes the grinding worse. I'm surprised my dentist didn't notice when I went for a cleaning about a month ago, but like I said I haven't damaged my teeth (much).

It feels like I've been punched in the face a gazillion times. :cry:

Yes yes and yes...

Babies all grind their teeth it's a soothing mechanism that usually stops when the baby teeth fall out. Some of us continue for the rest of our lives. Most of mine is stress induced, but by now a lot is habitual.

See TMJ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandib..._joint_disorder

I've worn an occlusal guard for years. I've chewed through 4 so far (had them for about 10 years), and I have teeth that have 10-15 years more wear on them than they should. It is painful and it's very very tiring. I wake up some mornings just exhausted...

The pain is from the clenching in my case.. and i've found massage therapy works well if you cannot get your face to relax. Other than some over the counter pain meds, I haven't tried much else, but am a firm believer in accupuncture for pain.

Also an occlusal guard is VERY helpful.. I love mine, and it's now one of those bedtime rituals for me. They cost around 200$ (they have to be fitted by a dentist). My brother has also successfully used a hockey mouth guard. it's bulky but it will stop your teeth from grinding or prevent further damage..

:thumbs:

Ohhh and the really bad headaches.. it's your jaw pinching major vein to the brain.. try purposefully pushing your jaw forward.. most of the time my headaches instantly go away when i do that.. But i have to remember to do that :P

Edited by Emancipation

AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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I don't grind my teeth in my sleep (at least I don't think I do) but I do have TMJ (pretty sure - my dentist thinks I might cuz I have some of the signs)

I can pop my jaw..

Every first bite of every meal is excrutiatingly painful.. cuz I guess you open your mouth wider than when speaking..

randomly during speech sometimes I *pop* my jaw and bloody hell does it hurt

and sometimes, randomly (although not that often) my jaw will lock. and then I've gotta push against the lock to unlock it and it pops/cracks when that happens..

oh!!!! and when I yawn! forgot about that til it just happened.. I can sometimes avoid it if I go slow

sux

sorry if that was graphic

didn't realize til I was done that it would be

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I don't grind my teeth in my sleep (at least I don't think I do) but I do have TMJ (pretty sure - my dentist thinks I might cuz I have some of the signs)

I didn't realize they had a name for that. Jim just cringes when I do that :lol: Mine locked once and the doctor said it was just a swollen gland. It just keeps a poppin and sticking.


2006/11/29 : I-129F Sent

2006/12/12: I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

2007/02/22: I-129F NOA2 (Approved)

2007/03/06: Package Left From NVC

2007/03/21: Rec Instructions (Pkt 3)

2007/03/27: Pkt 3 sent to Montreal Consulate

2007/03/28: Pkt 3 rec. @ Montreal Consulate

2007/04/12: Entered into system

2007/04/19: Medical

2007/07/25: Phone call, interview Aug/Sept. Email, at least 6 months for interview

2007/08/01: Phone call, 5-7 months

2007/08/08: Phone call. INTERVIEW

2007/08/16: Interview letter arrives.

2007/09/03: My baby girl leaves for Trent University

2007/09/12: Interview@8:15 APPROVED

2007/09/19: Visa received in hand

2007/10/08: POE Sarnia/Port Huron

2007/10/09: Home

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I don't grind my teeth in my sleep (at least I don't think I do) but I do have TMJ (pretty sure - my dentist thinks I might cuz I have some of the signs)

I can pop my jaw..

Every first bite of every meal is excrutiatingly painful.. cuz I guess you open your mouth wider than when speaking..

randomly during speech sometimes I *pop* my jaw and bloody hell does it hurt

and sometimes, randomly (although not that often) my jaw will lock. and then I've gotta push against the lock to unlock it and it pops/cracks when that happens..

sux

sorry if that was graphic

didn't realize til I was done that it would be

OWIE that sounds so painful.. I do have the popping too.. but mine is just annoying sounding, haven't had pain with the popping..

UGH.. I agree TMJ comes in a lot of forms, and the grinding probably isn't TMJ but just something that leads to TMJ..

I don't grind my teeth in my sleep (at least I don't think I do) but I do have TMJ (pretty sure - my dentist thinks I might cuz I have some of the signs)

I didn't realize they had a name for that. Jim just cringes when I do that :lol: Mine locked once and the doctor said it was just a swollen gland. It just keeps a poppin and sticking.

Dentists typically diagnose TMJ (from my experience) not Dr's.. at least that's where I got my diagnosis, and help.. from my Dentist not my Dr.


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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I figure that. I went to the doctor cause I couldn't open my mouth more then a 1/4 inch. The dentist just says I need to stop grinding my teeth, but has never offered anything. I had a mouth guard when I was younger.

Does the stress ever end over all this? Do we have to wait for the 10yr card, or does it just keep on and on??? :blink:


2006/11/29 : I-129F Sent

2006/12/12: I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

2007/02/22: I-129F NOA2 (Approved)

2007/03/06: Package Left From NVC

2007/03/21: Rec Instructions (Pkt 3)

2007/03/27: Pkt 3 sent to Montreal Consulate

2007/03/28: Pkt 3 rec. @ Montreal Consulate

2007/04/12: Entered into system

2007/04/19: Medical

2007/07/25: Phone call, interview Aug/Sept. Email, at least 6 months for interview

2007/08/01: Phone call, 5-7 months

2007/08/08: Phone call. INTERVIEW

2007/08/16: Interview letter arrives.

2007/09/03: My baby girl leaves for Trent University

2007/09/12: Interview@8:15 APPROVED

2007/09/19: Visa received in hand

2007/10/08: POE Sarnia/Port Huron

2007/10/09: Home

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I figure that. I went to the doctor cause I couldn't open my mouth more then a 1/4 inch. The dentist just says I need to stop grinding my teeth, but has never offered anything. I had a mouth guard when I was younger.

Does the stress ever end over all this? Do we have to wait for the 10yr card, or does it just keep on and on??? :blink:

Oh man I dunno..

Funny thing is my brother ALWAYS ground his teeth, on the day he got married he stopped and never ground again.. lucky duckie..

:(


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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Emancipation and Cherry, your suppose to say YES it gets better :yes::lol:


2006/11/29 : I-129F Sent

2006/12/12: I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

2007/02/22: I-129F NOA2 (Approved)

2007/03/06: Package Left From NVC

2007/03/21: Rec Instructions (Pkt 3)

2007/03/27: Pkt 3 sent to Montreal Consulate

2007/03/28: Pkt 3 rec. @ Montreal Consulate

2007/04/12: Entered into system

2007/04/19: Medical

2007/07/25: Phone call, interview Aug/Sept. Email, at least 6 months for interview

2007/08/01: Phone call, 5-7 months

2007/08/08: Phone call. INTERVIEW

2007/08/16: Interview letter arrives.

2007/09/03: My baby girl leaves for Trent University

2007/09/12: Interview@8:15 APPROVED

2007/09/19: Visa received in hand

2007/10/08: POE Sarnia/Port Huron

2007/10/09: Home

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Emancipation and Cherry, your suppose to say YES it gets better :yes::lol:

Ha ha!! I'm not there yet though!!! I still have 1 1/2yrs left till Conditions are removed..

I still have to stress over the $$ and the process, and USCIS getting their grubby hands on my documentation again.. :wacko:


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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Yes!!!! In two years, it'll get better!

=) hehehe

Funny thing is my brother ALWAYS ground his teeth, on the day he got married he stopped and never ground again.. lucky duckie..

:(

awwww he was just waiting for the perfect woman and now he's absolutely content with life...

no more need for the security blanket of the grinding teeth from the stress..

just cuddles into his wife at night


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Yes!!!! In two years, it'll get better!

=) hehehe

REALLY REALLY worry about you :help::lol:


2006/11/29 : I-129F Sent

2006/12/12: I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

2007/02/22: I-129F NOA2 (Approved)

2007/03/06: Package Left From NVC

2007/03/21: Rec Instructions (Pkt 3)

2007/03/27: Pkt 3 sent to Montreal Consulate

2007/03/28: Pkt 3 rec. @ Montreal Consulate

2007/04/12: Entered into system

2007/04/19: Medical

2007/07/25: Phone call, interview Aug/Sept. Email, at least 6 months for interview

2007/08/01: Phone call, 5-7 months

2007/08/08: Phone call. INTERVIEW

2007/08/16: Interview letter arrives.

2007/09/03: My baby girl leaves for Trent University

2007/09/12: Interview@8:15 APPROVED

2007/09/19: Visa received in hand

2007/10/08: POE Sarnia/Port Huron

2007/10/09: Home

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Also an occlusal guard is VERY helpful.. I love mine, and it's now one of those bedtime rituals for me. They cost around 200$ (they have to be fitted by a dentist). My brother has also successfully used a hockey mouth guard. it's bulky but it will stop your teeth from grinding or prevent further damage..

:thumbs:

Ohhh and the really bad headaches.. it's your jaw pinching major vein to the brain.. try purposefully pushing your jaw forward.. most of the time my headaches instantly go away when i do that.. But i have to remember to do that :P

Thank you! Right now my jaw is very very stiff though. I have a mouth guard that's similar to the hockey one but it's more to prevent teeth grinding than anything else. Last night was the first night I wore it and I was just so nice to wake up without a headache that felt like a hangover.

I would hope it stops when I get married too because I don't want to wear that big bulky thing :blush: it kind of is a mood killer.... :lol:


Divorced. To hell with him.

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