I have had TMJ for years -- but certain things (stress etc) seem to make it worse. I also have Shogrens -- don't know if there's any relationship. I don't use a night guard currently though because the "geography" of my my mouth is constantly changing as my teeth are so brittle. On the bright side -- all but 5 (all on top) have been root canaled and crowned -- so I figure soon I can get a night guard!
I have found that those gel cool packs at the base of the neck help a lot with the pain one wakes up with in the am
Oops meant this to go with the other TMJ
Oops meant this to go with the other TMJ post