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TMJ, how do i remain paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

if you havent been reading my posts while on this forum, you can tell i have been under an undeserved amount of stress lately, well it has reached its boiling point. For the past 6 months, while incrementally, i have developed severe tmj symptoms (head pressure, lock jaw, dizziness, tension in my face)

my doctor, wants me to go on a TMJ diet, basically soft foods, for at least a year to help heal my tempomandibular joint as well as let my jaw muscles relax.

eating beef of any kind, even ground beef, aggravates my symptoms. so does nuts, bacon, vegetables like broccoli and collard greens(slightly crunchy), even chicken.. cant include eggs because i am allergic to them..

i cannot refuse these foods in my diet, so i have to make changes

do you guys have any good protein w/ veggie soup recipes for me? i want my diet to compromise at least of 75% from soups (by eating soups, i dont mean tomato soup, i still want to meet my protein/vegetable requirements) would beef in soup end up being soft? i hope so, i cannot stop eating red meat!

and the rest of my diet to come from paleo friendly foods like-

wild fish, berries, avacados, lots of homemade kefir, raw goats milk, pumpkin seed paste, organic plant based protein powder

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:37 AM

This is very true. It is part of a "mechanically soft" diet I'd recommend for patients with certain dental/oral issues. It does not really require chewing...plenty of the residents at the long-term care facility I interned at just sort of gummed or swallowed it.

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:56 AM

thank you so much people dont realize how terrible this issue can be..

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:39 AM

OK, here is what I'd do as a mostly-recovered TMJ sufferer.

  1. Find healthy foods that you can eat without pain. No sense in hurting yourself. This might, in the short term, mean non-paleo foods. It's ok, you'll live :)

  2. Find a qualified Registered Massage Therapist who is familiar with TMJ. I suffered from TMJ for over eight years after having braces as a teenager, and only found relief once I had a number of massage sessions. It will not be pleasant, but "no pain, no gain" does hold in this scenario. The RMT will likely do some massage on the inside of your mouth, as some of the involved muscles are only reachable from there.

  3. Destress. Actively work toward reducing stress in your life. It sounds trite, but I think a lot of people keep trying to find a big enough bandaid for stress-related issues when what they really need to do is excise the stressors.

I still suffer from jaw stiffness in the morning, but for the most part, my jaw works well and no longer seizes/cramps up when I'm chewing. Oh--it probably goes without saying, but if you chew gum, stop.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:56 AM

thank you so much people dont realize how terrible this issue can be..

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on February 14, 2013
at 03:34 AM

Get a good pressure cooker. I like the Cuisinart electric one (CPC-600 I think), as you can set the number of minutes and it takes care of itself. Toss in some frozen broccoli for a few minutes and you'll be lucky if it doesn't come out as mush. You can make your soups in there too, just pick up any pressure cooker cookbook off Amazon.

I've had a lot of problems as well over the last year or so. I got a new mouthguard and the pain seems to have gone away. Hopefully it'll stay that way.

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:12 AM

I don't know anything about TMJ but I do enjoy cooking gadgets.

If you've got the means, I'd get a high quality blender like a Blendtech or a Vitamix. You can basically blend any solid (food or non-food) into a shake. For a change of pace you can also try a good juicer like this Omega.

I'm confused from your question if it's the process of chewing the ground beef that aggravates you or the content of the food itself. Blending it might be a good way to check the difference.

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on February 14, 2013
at 01:03 AM

You don't really need to chew well-crumbled ground beef.

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:37 AM

This is very true. It is part of a "mechanically soft" diet I'd recommend for patients with certain dental/oral issues. It does not really require chewing...plenty of the residents at the long-term care facility I interned at just sort of gummed or swallowed it.

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