This morning I had my consult with the doctor at the pain management center about getting Botox in my jaw. His first question was, how long have you had this, and when I said almost 20 years, he made a face and said that Botox isn't likely to work for me. He gave me an injection that they can use to test whether the Botox will have an effect - I'm supposed to monitor my pain over the next 3-4 days, and if this doesn't help, then the Botox won't, either.
His best advice was to do some kind of mind/body pain management, so I have an appointment with the pain psychologist on their staff in a couple weeks. He says I should do something for relaxation every day - I guess it's not good that my first thought was, when will I find the time? I think the most likely thing for me to try would be a yoga DVD at home. If anyone knows some good ones for a yoga beginner, please share!
I just don't know where this is going to lead if the Botox isn't an option. I would be willing to try chiropractic or acupuncture, but since my insurance won't pay for most or any of that, it'll be a real struggle to make that work financially. I guess right now it's wait and see if the injections I got this morning will help.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, getting injections into your jaw muscles reallyreallyreallyreally hurts.