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5/23/09 11:41 A

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Thank you for sharing this information. I'm not on Lexapro, but I am on Wellbutrin and Zoloft. My TMJ specialist knows I take those, but she hasn't said anything about them contributing. This is also interesting because a friend of mine is on Lexapro and suffers from migraines. She's on birth control to deal with those, but then the birth control causes more problems. I wonder if she would benefit from a med change as well. I'll pass it on. Again, thanks!

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5/23/09 3:48 A

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Thanks for sharing your story with the team. This information could help another member who is experiencing the symptoms that your described. I am glad that you are doing so well. You should be so proud of yourself for all of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work and stay in touch with the team. Thanks again for your helpful information.

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5/22/09 7:20 P

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I believe the doctor stated that the serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) found in antidepressents causes TMJ suffers to grind more and lock jaw while asleep. She stated Lexapro has a higher strengh of SSRI and becuase I have TMJ I should talk to my doctor and switch antidepresents.

Hope this helps..having a sore face and bad headache everyday sure doesn't help beating depression.

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5/22/09 7:09 P

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Oh wow! I never knew that. I have been on Lexapro for about a year now and am terrified at the thought of having to come off of it! I do not want to feel like I did before going on it.

My TMJ has always been really bad and I just assumed that the flare ups, headaches, jaw pain, etc. was due to the stress I have been under. I did not know that it could make TMJ worse. TMJ is one of those things I will just have to live with. I cannot afford any of the surgeries, etc. but I am on my 3rd acrylic night guard... I chewed thru the others... *sigh* Plus, I know several people personally who had the corrective surgery for TMJ and 2 years later were right back where they were but with facial numbness on top of the TMJ.

On the book note, I have Healing the Child Within and have read it several times. It is a great book. Another good one is Drinking: A Love Story. It really gives you an insite into the mind of an alcoholic. Though I do not consider myself an alcoholic, I did identify with many of the things in Drinking that really struck cords in me.

I can't read one book at a time... LOL... I am also on my third reading of Dr. Dyer's Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, using a journal with it now. To date, this book has been one of the best interpretations of the Tao and how to apply it in today's world.

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5/22/09 7:00 P

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Thanks for the post. Your positive comments on the things you CAN do are what I needed to hear. I am getting out my journal as soon as I am finished with this post, and getting my exercise equipment ready for first thing tomorrow!

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I was on Lexapro for over a year and it did work. I was suffering from a lot of migraines,headaches and jaw pain. Literally my face hurt all the time. I had TMJ and really suffered from Jaw pain. I met with a mouth Doctor who specialized with TMJ patients. I was all ready to invest over $6,000 in medical treatment to fix my jaw because I couldn't live another day with a migraine. Once I told the doctor I was on Lexapro she said that I needed to get off ASAP because something in it causes people with TMJ severe jaw pain and migraines. Sure enough I weaned myself off Lexapro and my headaches and jaw pain have gone away. Had I not visited with her I wouldn't have known this. I had gone to other doctors because of my migraines and they would just prescribe pain killers. I wanted to share this just in case someone else is going through this. I know all meds affect people differently, but just in case you are dealing with TMJ/headaches I hope this is insightful information.
Since I went off medication and was fearful of being depressed again I started working out, journaling, reading self help books and took control of my eating. I have since lost over 20lbs, feel great, fit into a size 6-8 pants (I was a 12) and ended a 2.5 year relationship with a man who was cheating on me. When I feel sadness coming on I get out my journal and write my feelings out and read which does seem to help a lot.I don't let myself hold in my feelings and thoughts so I journal.
I feel like my mind takes control over my thoughts and when this happens I get out a book like "Change your thinking, change your life" to get my thoughts refocused on postive thoughts and it does really help to take action and get focused on thoughts other than my own. I really like the Cathy Freston books as well.
Right now I am reading "Healing the Child Within" which is wonderful for children of Alcoholics. This book has really opened my mind and I can connect to it.

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