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Hello, I am 4 month off and last month I got TMJ like symtoms.

Current symptom-

Jaw pain

Teeth Pain

Ear Pain

Crackling or Popping sound in ear when swallowing

I got clicking sound in ear when eating once but it was over next day

I can move my jaw perfectly fine.

Its been 1 month.


I never had tmj before benzos and I used benzos only for 1 year.

Did someone else experienced it?

Will it heal?

I went to dentist and he said no tmj. But I felt he doesnt have much idea about tmj.


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These darn benzo's make great muscle relaxers and when we take them away our muscles complain so that could be part of your problem.  The other is the anxiety is causes, you may be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw without being aware of it or even doing it in your sleep.


I'd use a mouthguard at night just to be safe, you don't want to grind your teeth down to nubs while waiting to recover.


Here is some information from The Ashton Manual.


Muscle symptoms. Benzodiazepines are efficient muscle relaxants and are used clinically for spastic conditions ranging from spinal cord disease or injury to the excruciating muscle spasms of tetanus or rabies. It is therefore not surprising that their discontinuation after long-term use is associated with a rebound increase in muscle tension. This rebound accounts for many of the symptoms observed in benzodiazepine withdrawal. Muscle stiffness affecting the limbs, back, neck and jaw are commonly reported, and the constant muscle tension probably accounts for the muscle pains which have a similar distribution. Headaches are usually of the "tension headache" type, due to contraction of muscles at the back of the neck, scalp and forehead - often described as a "tight band around the head". Pain in the jaw and teeth is probably due to involuntary jaw clenching, which often occurs unconsciously during sleep.


At the same time, the nerves to the muscles are hyperexcitable, leading to tremor, tics, jerks, spasm and twitching, and jumping at the smallest stimulus. All this constant activity contributes to a feeling of fatigue and weakness ("jelly-legs"). In addition, the muscles, especially the small muscles of the eye, are not well co-ordinated, which may lead to blurred or double vision or even eyelid spasms (blepharospasm).


None of these symptoms is harmful, and they need not be a cause of worry once they are understood. The muscle pain and stiffness is actually little different from what is regarded as normal after an unaccustomed bout of exercise, and would be positively expected, even by a well-trained athlete, after running a marathon.


There are many measures that will alleviate these symptoms, such as muscle stretching exercises as taught in most gyms, moderate exercise, hot baths, massage and general relaxation exercises. Such measures may give only temporary relief at first, but if practised regularly can speed the recovery of normal muscle tone - which will eventually occur spontaneously.

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