My Achy, Achy Jaw

My Achy, Achy Jaw

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I was in sixth grade when I got braces. The orthodontist told my parents that even though my teeth were straight, my jaw was misaligned and I would be vulnerable to terrible headaches throughout my life if we didnt do something about it now.

Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome

Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome

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Does your inner ear make a “thump” sound after you speak or hear loud or high pitched sounds – or perhaps really deep, low pitched sounds?
Do your ears feel achy on the inside Do you feel fluttering sensations or spasms in your ear (myoclonus)? Do you have sharp pains in your ear?

Pillow over the face

Sleep to Wake

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Fatigue presses on me like a weighted blanket. From beneath it, a thought emerges: No. I am on a four-lane street, at the wheel of a one-and-a-half ton vehicle. Soon the light will change. I need to wake up.

Painter's palette

The Turning Point

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My diagnosis is a part of me, but not my identity. It could swallow me whole and decimate my well being if I let it. But, I won’t. When the suction into the black hole happens, there is always a way out. Or at least I keep telling myself that.