I don't know why I don't pull out alternative medicine as a front line approach, especially considering the luck I've had with it.
One of my friends has a Master's in Chinese Medicine and happens to live a few neighboring towns over. When my ear was still giving me grief, but before I resorted to going back on pain medication, I called her up and asked her if she'd treated TMJ.
She had and said so far she'd had 100% success in relieving the pain and ringing associated with TMJ. That was all I needed to hear, and even though I remain the biggest skeptic of all, she'd offered me hope. After the very first treatment, the pressure and pain in my face felt intense, but by that evening I was almost pain-free without medication of any kind.
That was 10 days ago. I still have occasional stabbing pain in my ear, but it is amazing what a break from constant pain can do. I feel almost human again. The popping and fullness in my ears is nearly gone. She is also treating me for nerve pain in the tooth next my oral surgery site (it would be nice to avoid and root canal and stop funding the private islands of dentists). I have been able to go grocery and Christmas shopping, go on dates with Mr. O and even (gasp!) cook.
I wish I'd thought of seeing her back in August when this whole thing started. Who knows, maybe we'd have saved enough to take the whole family to Hawaii instead of pouring money into the pit that is my mouth.
Anyway, Nina is wonderful and intuitive and I highly recommend her acupuncture clinic. I'm happy to give you her contact info if you'd like to see her.
She is also treating Nicole and I for allergies via the NAET protocol.
I'm an even bigger skeptic when it comes to this treatment, but I've read up on it. Even though my brain says there's no way it should work, I've already seen how it does. Have you heard of NAET? Would you consider trying it? Would you use alternative medicine?
For your listening enjoyment (different, but lovely):