Muscle Tightness

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Mike619er

Well as others have probably already read I have had extensive jaw surgery in the past to repair a jaw malclusion that I was born with.  I had this surgery about 2 years ago, the surgery went pretty well but just wound up with a little tightness and numbness on the right side of my mouth.  Some days were better then others, really only feel it when I would smile or yell or something. 

 

It bothered me a lot so I went to a speech pathologist who used to do these vibrations on it but it didn't really help, I think thats when I began to get depressed that I would have to deal with this feeling when I talk or smile or laugh for the rest of my life, and am thinking thats what is one of the reasons that has lead me up to this recent severe anxiety problem.

 

On a more positive note though I believe the drugs I'm on now seem to be working a little bit, my days are going a little bit better and seem to be less on edge, not anxiety free but I'm definetly noticing myself being a little better at work atleast.  My nights are still rough but I'm sure this is a gradual process.

 

The main reason for this post is lately I've been getting this extreme tightness around the muscles in my mouth on both sides now, am curious if just regular anxiety could cause that?  Read somewhere that skizophrenia can cause things like that and thats what has me worried.  But then again it could just be the extensive jaw surgery coupled with my anxiety.  Even went to look in the mirror earlier to see if I had a furrowed tongue cause I heard that was another sign of skizophrenia.  I guess that really is my biggest fear right now, thinking it is something that will only get worse.  But hey, meds are kicking in a LITTLE bit so thats good!

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JeremyR said:

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Developing schizophrenia (or similar severe mental illness) is a common fear among us panic/anxiety sufferers, but it is also one that is generally groundless. I have been suffering from panic attacks for 15+ years and have yet to go crazy. Certainly I feel like I might on some occasions, but I always get through it. In any event, although I am not a physician, I would say you have nothing to fear in that regard unless you are hallucinating or having significant breaks with reality. And yes, anxiety can most certainly cause jaw muscle tightness. Clenched facial muscles are a very common manifestation of tension.
 
December 03, 2009
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Mike619er said:

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Well I've had this feeling for 2 months straight, it doesn't seem to come or go it just kind of stays. I've had this headache, this emotionless feeling, nervous, shaking at times, and definetly having some major depressive episodes from time to time. Can't sleep at all with out taking my sleeping meds and nothing really makes me happy aymore. I try and tell myself it'll get better but 2 months in I don't really see much improvement. Just becoming numb to the anxiety, thats what seems to stop the shaking. Just realizing yes I'm emotionless and a robot, deal with it.
 
December 03, 2009
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woodowl said:

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It seems to me that there are a number of things going on here. The headaches could well be a result of the jaw surgery - have you seen a physiotherapist or been back to the doc who did the surgery.Anxiety is also a big contributer to muscle tightness and headaches from the jaw. thre are various self massage techniques you can learn, plus daily exercises for your face and jaw that should help with that.

As to your second point about feeling emotionless or a robot, The fact the fact that you are suffering from anxiety means that yur are anything but emotionless. Maybe what you're doing is disassociating yourself from the emotional pain as a way of coping. I call it wall building. Sometimes we are so scared of our own emotions and the cauldron of them that we build a nice big wall around them so they can't hurt us, or anyone else. The emotions are so big, so scary that we feel that they are dangerous and could explode if we don't control them fiercely. You really need to go back to your doc and therapist, if you are not seeing them regularly. I don't know if you have read Therese Borchardt's web page - beyond Blue on Beliefnet but she suffers from severe depression and it also deals with a lot of issues like bipolar condition, etc.

Thirdly, can you track down where this fear of schizophreni comes from? You've mentioned it in several of your blogs and its obviously a major fear of yours. Is there a history of it in your family? Do you know someone who is schizophrenic? There must be some basis to it so see if you can find it because that might help you to start to deal with it.

Don't give up, wherever you are now is not immutable and unchanging. It's not a forever thing, even though it might feel like that at the moment. Blessed be.
 
December 04, 2009
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Mike619er said:

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I don't really know where the fear of skizophrenia came from. I'm the kind of person that normally when it comes to my health when something happens, fears the worst. I guess in every situation that arrives I kind of fear the worst. It usually doesn't let me get my hopes up, in certain situations it really actually helps me defend myself. Especially after I was mugged I learned to not trust anybody that I didn't know as a defense mechanism. But no there's no family history of it, I just read up on it on some website and they give you signs that you could have if your skizophrenic and I felt like I had a lot of them.

Social Anxiety
Shaking hands and trembling
Fear
Emotionless (lately)
Irritable
They said physical traits of people who have it have
High pallets (which every orthodontist has told me I've had an extremely high pallet)
Furrowed tongue (which Im not even sure if I have I just was checking in the mirrow thinking I did, but Im no doctor)

And yes I'm currently seeing a therapist once a week and although from my posts it probably doesnt sound like its helping, I've bee getting out of the house more, but I'm still in such a daze and I'm so confusd all the time. Its really unbearable
 
December 04, 2009
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