To complicate matters...
I have very mild TMJ - my jaw clicks regularly when I yawn or open my mouth as widely as possible. It always goes right back into place when I close it again.
Except for last night. I was already having trouble sleeping and when I finally rolled over and was drifting off, my jaw dislodged out of place on the right side. I couldn’t close my mouth, the alignment was off, and it was obviously excruciatingly painful.
I started looking online for solutions (because taking myself to the ER at 1 am didn’t seem like the best plan of action, while in retrospect it probably should have been). Everything said I needed to let the jaw relax to realign itself. But naturally, it’s a little hard to let it relax when you’re having a full blown panic attack because it’s never done this before.
Once I finally calmed myself and laid back down to breathe, I ended up falling back asleep without resolving it. I woke up to the feeling of my jaw clicking back into place several hours later. It’s still a little tender today, but when I woke up this morning, I couldn’t even figure out if it was a dream or not until I checked the search history on my phone.
Needless to say, as soon as I get back to Michigan, I’ll be going into a specialist to start finally getting this resolved - I’ve been putting off a surgery for years because it would require wiring my jaw shut, but this was enough to scare me into that seeming like a reasonable solution.
Now I’m just worried it’s going to happen again before I can get it handled.