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Dislocated my TMJ disk and now I can't play my horn, that is unless I want to deal with sudden sharp pain each time I begin a tone, such as after a breath. TMJ specialist told me I would have to have surgery to pin the disk back in place. Not hearing much good about this surgery, but my playing days might be over without it. Not feeling like writing much about it tonight, as saxophone has been my life and employment for about 30 years. Anyone have any experiences with a dislocated TMJ disk?? It's totally slipped off and apparently they can't manipulate it back.
 

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Man, that's tough seeing as how you're a pro player. I'm afraid I don't know anything about the problem but I sure hope you can get some relief so you can play.
 

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Dislocated my TMJ disk and now I can't play my horn, that is unless I want to deal with sudden sharp pain each time I begin a tone, such as after a breath. TMJ specialist told me I would have to have surgery to pin the disk back in place. Not hearing much good about this surgery, but my playing days might be over without it. Not feeling like writing much about it tonight, as saxophone has been my life and employment for about 30 years. Anyone have any experiences with a dislocated TMJ disk?? It's totally slipped off and apparently they can't manipulate it back.
Whew, I've never heard of that, but learned more of it here: http://www.tmj.org/site/page?pageId=191

I hope you have sufficient resources available to get a second opinion and treatment options.

Wishing you a positive and pain-free outcome.
 

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Thanks for the link. I'll read up on it. I've been referred to one oral-maxillary surgeon in my area that has success with doing the surgery on musicians, but he's not in my insurance network. Only one surgeon in my network doing the surgery, and I was really put off by the receptionist's attitude. I plan to do a cash visit with the one who has successfully treated musicians and see what he says.
 

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Yeah , TMJ is no joke. Specialist ... accept no compromises in your treatment ... there is probably no short-term OR PAINLESS course of action... but it could be 100% fixable. So there is that.

Best!!

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