The good news: Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I got my MORA. I am loving it. I have no shoulder or neck pain. I've only had one short-lived headache instead of a constant headache. With the MORA and my buckwheat pillow I'm sleeping better than I have in a very long time, though there is still room for improvement. I can definitely tell a difference from when it is in my mouth as opposed to out of my mouth. Dr V is pleased with my improvements.
The downside: I'm still getting used to speaking with it in my mouth, but I think I'm lisping less. I have an extremely dry mouth now. It's like my tongue is cotton. Dr V said this is normal. He said a MORA will either "make you flood or make you dry out." Honestly, I prefer dried out. As a teacher I do not need to be salivating uncontrollably. He gave me some Biotene to help with the dryness. We'll see if that helps. I was hoping the improvements would trickle down to my wrists and make my Carpal Tunnel more bearable. If it fixed my shoulder and neck pain, why wouldn't it travel down? My Carpal Tunnel is worse, despite wearing my wrist braces every night. My theory is that the changing weather is what is making my symptoms worse. I have pain, numbness, and an inability to do simple things like hold a mug of coffee to drink from it or hold the phone to my ear for longer than a minute or two. Typing this has been an adventure since my fingers are numb. Driving also gets interesting... I'm really hoping this is a temporary setback and not related to my TMJ. OTC pain relievers remain my best friends for now. Anyway, I digress.
What's next: I'm working on a blog entry about food. I'm compiling a list of things I can and cannot eat, and how it has been changing throughout my journey. I see Dr V in another week. As I wear the MORA, things can shift (sort of the point of the whole thing) and adjustments need to be made. As I write this, I am not wearing my MORA (I just had a snack and haven't yet brushed my teeth). Because I am not wearing it, I find myself clenching and the jaw pain is returning. I'm hoping with continued treatment things will improve. I will certainly continue to blog about my journey. I'd also love to hear from you if you have anything to share!
Thought of the Day: "Improvement begins with I." - Arnold H. Glasow
I started my improvement by visiting my dentist in the first place. God or Fate or Luck was on my side that the dentist recommended to me has a specialty in TMJ dentistry. My pain had become unbearable and I knew I had to do something. I did. The improvements began.