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The latest version of THE THIEF'S MISTAKE is done at 75,000 words. Makes me happy. Obviously, I can't really do a lot of blogging while knee deep in edits. But it is all good. By next week, I should be knee deep in the new novel.

However, this is a bad week for news for me. The first mass market book I co-wrote in late 2006 is now permanently on hold by the publishing house for various reasons and may never come out.

There's other really bad stuff going on that is really, really pissing me off right now that I can't talk about publicly. But, suffice it to say that it is really wearing on me.

All of this might be contributing to the jaw pain I have been feeling for about the last ten days. My left jaw hinge really hurts when I yawn and my whole lower jaw just aches. I've been popping ibuprofen like candy. It's bad enough that I'm willingly going to a dentist, despite my childhood trauma with military dentists, on Thursday.

It also made my overstressed brain blurt out at my husband last night, "What would you do if it's jaw cancer?" All the while, images of them (the evil dentists) having to break my jaw and then wire it shut to fix whatever is wrong, danced in my head.




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Sep. 17th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Obviously, you'll want a professional diagnosis (and it's a good thing you're going). But that sounds very much like a condition that I have, called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ. It's heavily stress induced, causes frequent popping and anything from a mild ache to crippling agony. (Hopefully, you won't get the latter; many people don't.)

Alternating cool and heat helps a lot of people. I've had no real luck with painkillers, even prescription ones, but muscle relaxants like Soma do wonders for it, since it's a muscular condition. Not all dentists are willing to prescribe Soma, though.

The primary treatment is a custom-fitted bite guard that needs to be worn to bed every night. It's pretty much a permanent thing, I'm afraid, but you get used to it pretty quick. It's basically just a thick retainer.

They're not cheap, unfortunately.
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Joy, oh joy.

It's one of the things I'm afraid of. I don't have jaw popping but the aching is very bad.

Thanks for the info, Ari. I appreciate it.
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, while TMJ can be really aggravating, it's not a horrible thing to have. It means the nightly bite guard, and it means you occasionally have to be careful what you eat (really tall sandwiches can stretch the jaw too much, for instance). But as long as you find a treatment that works for you (like Soma does for me), it's usually not too hart to keep under control.

Heh. Don't know if I'm helping or not... But my point is, while TMJ is certainly not fun, it's far from the worst possibility.
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
It might be TMJ, like Ari said, or it might just be that you grind your teeth at night. Either way, you'll need a night gaurd.

If it is TMJ, I know that Janet has it, so you can talk to her about ways that she's dealt with it.
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
With any luck, it is grinding or jaw-popping due to stress, as wisely written above.

Remeber the words of Twin Peak's Dale Cooper: Everyday you have to give yourself a little present.

He had cherry pie and black coffee. I choose a 'after the kids are in bed' piece of English Toasting Bread toast and tea, with a good book. Give yerself something to look forward to that is totally in your control - so it is you rewarding yourself (else, you seem to have a perfectly good husband to hug)/

I learned: When we were young we play as children, then learn to work for our playtime, then we work more often than play....most forget the 'playtime' goal ever existed and soon just work, forgetting why. Always remember, we work to play and be silly. Sad when people forget that...so many do.

Sep. 17th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
*nod* I bear down on my teeth when under a lot of stress and end up with a sore jaw for it. It's entirely possible you're just clenching your teeth (probably to keep from biting someone given the annoyances.)
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