I was involved in a car accident and have never been the same since. My head and neck were affected the most, and I have spent many sessions with a doctor who specializes in myofascial pain.
As a result of this, and years of grinding my teeth when I sleep, I have developed TMJ. I would never have thought that something involving the jaw could be so painful, but it really is.
Every time I open my mouth very far, I have pain. This also affects the way I chew my food and find myself looking for food that is soft and easy to swallow.
This also really affects me when I go to the dentist. I am not able to keep my mouth open for treatments like most people are.
I have been able to keep most of the severe symptoms under control with medication and some physical therapy, but this is something that affects your life more than you would realize.