Q: I am 18 year's old and i have been suffereing from TMJ since i was 13 almost 5 years with the clicking painfull jaw. for the first two years my jaw didnot cause any problems and i didnot know anything about it as i was very small. Then in third year i started to look for doctors, dentists so that someone can help me as i was concerned that what could be the reason behind this. it didnot really help at all. As some of the doctors said that my jaw clicks because of stress but i know that i dont have any stress whereas one doctor said that it is only in my mind ( am not stupid or mentally ill). then i shifted to UK two years before. first my jaw clicked on only left side and two years back when i came to uk my jaw started to click and pop on both sides. i went to my GP as my condition is getting worse, she didnot know anything about it so she asked me to go to a dentist. i went to the dentist, he said that he is not sure of my clicking jaw, but it is not right to have a clicking jaw at such a young age so he referre me to an orthodontist. Now.......... i went to orthodontist he said that the main reason behind this is stress but i dont think i have any stress. then he said that it is 50% that my clicking jaw can be okay by braces. So I decided to get braces. but now from last two weeks my jaw gets locked in the morning I cant even open my mouth upto 1 cm. i have pain in my neck, back and headaches. i had physical pains with TMJ but now this TMJ is making my mentally ill as well. I am getting depressed and suffering from anxiety as i searched on internet and it says that TMJ can lead to a locked jaw forever. i do exercises for jaw, massages and even i use hot water bottles for my jaw. but nothing helped. i am fed up of this pain. I hate life. this pain is constsnt, honestly my jaws clicks every time i eat something and pain is constant for every minute to every second. nowadays i wake up at night about 2 a.m. or 5 a.m. to get my jaw opened as it is locked again. please help me :(


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