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    Cindy Sue Cindysioux@yahoo.com
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    Hello all hope you are all having a great day. I have a problem and need some
    help. I have suffered with migraines for over 4 months now. We have finally
    determined after and MRI, a Cat Scan and an emergency room visit or two. I grind
    my teeth which causes muscle strain in my face which causes me to get week long
    migraines. So I have been muddling through trying to figure out what and why
    and have so far incurred over 2,000 dollars in un-covered medical expenses. I
    can't afford another $500.00 bucks for a bite guard is there an inexpensive
    alternative?

    My doc said the sports kind wouldn't be all that good. I have just did about 20
    google searches on it and I am not finding anything other then advice about
    going to the dentist or buying a sports bite guard.

    And before I get a slew of emails I know why I grind my teeth and that is stress
    and yes I am trying to reduce my stress but I can't just stay home and meditate
    al day. I have a life to lead, deadlines to meet and bills to pay.




    Cindy Sue

    Oregon Grown and Raised

    Ambition is that grit in the soul which creates disenchantment with the ordinary
    and puts the dare into dreams.~





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    sflagg1014
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    Cindy,

    I can so relate to you! I cleanch my teeth and that has caused jaw,
    head, and neck pain, not to mention several cracked fillings & need
    for crowns.

    While I would say to spend the money and get one cast at your
    dentist - that is the best route to take, but obviously not the
    cheapest - there are other alternatives. I've found one similar to
    the other person who responded at Walgreens (in Tucson there's one on
    practically every corner!) and at Target for around $20-25. There's
    a website that I've found for a company called Splintex (I think - I
    saw it in an airline magazine of all places) that has a better
    quality biteguard that runs about $60. Basically they're the same -
    semi-hard plastic that you drop in hot water to soften, and then bite
    into to mold to your teeth.

    I approached my dentist about these as a band-aid approach and while
    he didn't out right say not to, he of course warned against anything
    that isn't created specifically for your mouth as it runs the risk of
    messing up your bite in the long run. However, I think that if you
    have a problem, it'd be better than doing nothing and wearing your
    teeth down more.

    In terms of stress, I'm sure you know that (ducking in case Cindy
    throws something yoga/pilates/exercise in general can help. But
    even when I was doing that on a regular basis, I still clenched at
    night. When I woke up, I'd get stressed because I was doing it, which
    made it worse... it's all a vicious cycle, isn't it?! I found that
    taking an herbal remedy helped me - I took either straight Valerian,
    or a combo of valerian, skullcap & hops (there's a brand that's in a
    yellow bottle that has this combo... can't remember the name
    though.) I took the tablets about an hour before bed and it helped
    relax me just enough that it helped me go to sleep faster & I didn't
    clench as badly.

    Good luck!!

    Stephanie

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    <cindysioux@y...> wrote:
    > Hello all hope you are all having a great day. I have a problem
    and need some help. I have suffered with migraines for over 4 months
    now. We have finally determined after and MRI, a Cat Scan and an
    emergency room visit or two. I grind my teeth which causes muscle
    strain in my face which causes me to get week long migraines. So I
    have been muddling through trying to figure out what and why and have
    so far incurred over 2,000 dollars in un-covered medical expenses. I
    can't afford another $500.00 bucks for a bite guard is there an
    inexpensive alternative?


 

 

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