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Disabling Vertigo, severe ear pain, Migraines resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic

Angela and her family live in Kenai peninsula, Alaska and have traveled to Kansas City to seek help from Dr Raman. She has been suffering with severe vertigo for about 8 months and more recently extreme ear pain and Migraine.

Initially Angela went to her dentist to have a filling done and left the office that day in extreme pain. It was then determined that this tooth could not be saved and would need to be removed. Angela decided to have both of her lower wisdom teeth removed at the same time along with the lower right molar.

Angela was put under with IV sedation and had all three teeth removed. She was unable to bring her teeth together for about 8 days due to the amount of swelling. Three days later she had a migraine and the severe vertigo started. Angela went to the hospital and was told that she had an anxiety attack. She then decided to see an ENT who ruled out BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). They also did an MRI, CT scan and hearing tests. All of these tests came out negative. The ENT specialist told her that her symptoms had NOTHING to do with TMJ or her teeth loss.

At this point a family friend who is also a dentist was the first one to mention that it could have something to do with her TMJ and recommended that she see a massage therapist. She also had lower back adjustments done by a chiropractor and her symptoms just got worse. Angela then made the decision to see a TMJ doctor in Anchorage who made her a lower acrylic guard to be worn at all times except when eating. The vertigo was so bad that she could barely walk out of his office.

At this point Angela felt stuck. She was unable to eat and could not even get in a car for 3 weeks. She has 2 young children ages 6 and 3 and couldn’t even drive her son to school because of the vertigo. Her anxiety level has been very high trying to deal with all of this and she did not want to spend her life this way. Her husband Jeremy then found Dr Raman on the internet. Once Angela realized that the more she moved her jaw around the worse the vertigo got, Dr Raman’s Physiologic Neuromuscular dentistry approach made a lot of sense.

Once Dr Raman determined that there is a jaw alignment issue, Angela went through a series of diagnostic testing. A detailed consultation was done with Angela and Jeremy and they made the decision to proceed with the phase I treatment option. She was then fitted with a fixed neuromuscular orthotic. Just five days after the orthotic was delivered Angela was doing really good. She said that she had one of the best days that she had in the past 8 months.

Angela said that her vertigo did not spike and she was able to drive. She was enjoying spending time with her family and is excited to keep moving forward.

Does Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry seem ‘just too simple’ to resolve debilitating Migraines?

Does Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry (PNMD) seem ‘just too simple’ to resolve debilitating Migraines? Is it too hard to believe that neck pain (after an injury) and back pain (after disc herniation surgery) could ALSO resolve through PNMD? Dana thought that there is no way a ‘dentist’ could help her with Neurologist diagnosed Migraine that was barely controlled with Zomig. Even after a friend that had her Mayo Clinic diagnosed Fibromyalgia resolved through PNMD referred her, it was just too hard to believe! Until she checked it out herself as a ‘last resort’!

Dana suffered with debilitating migraines and severe neck pain for 14 years. At times the pain would get so bad that she would have to go to the hospital and gets shots. She felt as if she had so many lost days in her life. Dana was on several medications to try and control the pain that were prescribed to her by a neurologist and her general practitioner. These medications consisted of Naproxen, Zomig and Phenergan for nausea.

Dana heard about Dr Raman through a friend who had also suffered with TMJ symptoms and was already in treatment with him. She was skeptical at first because she has tried so many other things. At this point she started to feel very depressed and sick almost every day. She thought that she was going to have to live with the pain for the rest of her life and felt like this was her last try at getting help.

Dana came to see Dr Raman initially for a consultation and then went through a series of neuromuscular diagnostic testing. Once the correct jaw alignment was determined she was then fitted with a fixed Physiologic neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. She first felt the biggest difference in her neck pain and range of motion. She said that she has improved immensely and has no more back spasms, sleeps better, headaches much improved and no more lower back pain.

Dana is now in the Physiologic neuromuscular functional orthodontics phase of her treatment. She now has a lot more energy and even her family sees a difference in her. She is very excited. The best part of this is how it impacted her daughter’s wedding. Dana felt so well that she made all the table decorations and made all the hors d’oeuvres at home by herself over several days. She could not have even imagined being able to do all of that prior to her treatment. That made the wedding very special for the whole family. THAT is the power of PNMD and its impact on families as well as on the guests we help.

Vertigo resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry

Isn’t Vertigo, a medical condition? How can a dentist possibly help vertigo? One of the symptoms of a poor jaw alignment is vertigo. In such cases, PNMD can definitely help.

Unrelenting Vertigo resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic when medications did not help. AO chiropractic adjustments helped for short periods. Previous Neuromuscular removable or fixed orthotics worsened the vertigo.

Veronica lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and traveled to Kansas City to seek treatment from Dr Raman. She has been suffering with severe vertigo as well as neck pain, headaches and shoulder pain for the past 5 yrs. She would always feel off balance. Even raising her arm and picking up light weights would bring on vertigo. Her symptoms first began after having 20 Lumineers done in Lebanon for cosmetic purposes. She had her first “violent vertigo attack” immediately following that.

Veronica sought help from several different doctors including 3 neurologists who were very thorough, had MRI, MRA and CT scans done of her brain and spine. No cause of her vertigo was diagnosed. She then consulted with 5 ENT specialists who ruled out Meniere’s and Benign Positional Vertigo. When medications did not help, she was told by all of these doctors that she would just have to learn to live with it. She then decided to see a Physical therapist, a Chiropractor and an Osteopath. Those treatments actually worsened her symptoms. Her symptoms slightly improved with the Atlas Orthogonist Chiropractor at least for short periods. He is the only one who mentioned that her symptoms may be related to her jaw alignment. Poor jaw alignment affects the AO alignment. So his AO cervical adjustments would not ‘hold’. Much credit should go to this AO chiropractor since he alone pointed Veronica in the right direction when all the medical specialists were telling her that is due to “stress” and “just have to learn to live with vertigo”. So she saw a neuromuscular dentist near her and was treated for 8 months .

Veronica was first given a removable orthotic that she wore at night time only. She was then fitted with a bonded orthotic. The bonded orthotic made her “violently ill” for the 10 days that she had it in her mouth. They decided to discontinue treatment and had the orthotic removed. Several people that Veronica knew kept telling her to go to America for treatment. She did a lot of research on the internet and found Dr. Raman as well as a doctor in California and one in Nevada. After much checking she decided that her best chances for getting better is to be treated by Dr. Raman in Kansas City, Missouri. She saw more examples of difficult cases that he had treated than the other doctors. The only thing he could promise was that he would do his very best to help her.

Veronica was seen on a Wednesday for examination and diagnostic tests. Two days later, her Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed orthotic was delivered on Friday afternoon. No adjustments were made. Her jaw and rest of the body needed to adjust to the alignment correction of the orthotic.

At her First follow up visit on Monday morning, 2 days post orthotic delivery, Veronica said that she had absolutely no vertigo, no neck/shoulder tightness and has been able to eat just fine. She said that she feels quite relaxed. She was vertigo and shoulder pain free after suffering for 5 years.

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this woman’s life compared to how it would have been in her family life, social life and general happiness if the unrelenting vertigo had continued. After all neurologists told her to “accept it” and live with. No wonder Veronica believes that it was worth the cost & travel time it took for her PNMD treatment.

16 year long headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and disabling fatigue resolved with Neuromuscular fixed orthotic

Unrelenting headaches and neck pain resolved through Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic when Topamax, pain management, chiropractic adjustments and pain medications did not help. TMJ splints by ‘specialists’ that estimated the jaw position worsened the headaches.

Carmen had a single crown done 16 years ago and ever since that procedure she has suffered with face pain, head pain then neck pain and shoulder pain later on. She felt as if her jaw joints were dislocated.

Carmen has seen several different doctors over the years from dentists, oral surgeons, rheumatologist to neurologists but no clear diagnosis was ever given. She was told that she was depressed and given Prozac. Based on a panoramic x-ray, she was told that there were no TMJ joint problems and prescribed Topamax and Medrol steroid pills. She has been through Prolotherapy, acupunture, trigger point injections and splint therapy and all were unsuccessful. She even had arthroscopic surgery done on both TM joints and only had 2 days of pain relief from it. The pain has been very intense for the past 10 years.

Carmen is an RN. With the medications, severe pain and disabling fatigue, she felt that it was no longer safe for her to work. She reduced her work load to part time and found even that was too much. So she completely quit the profession she loved, three years ago.

Carmen was then referred to Dr Raman for an evaluation. Following the TMD evaluation he felt confident that he can help her. CT scans and a series of Neuromuscular K7 jaw computer tests were done to determine the correct jaw/neck alignment. Carmen was then fitted with a fixed orthotic to maintain this diagnosed position. After 16 years of suffering, she was already 30-50% pain free after just 1 month. She was also able to go for 5 days without taking any anti-inflammatory medications after being on Naproxen or Mobic daily for 16 years. She was unable to gain weight for years because of the pain. She can eat better now and is happy that she has gained some weight.

To anyone that is dealing with unrelenting headaches, neck pain, ear pain & shoulder pain, Carmen says “Don’t give up. Find the right doctor to help you”.

Botox, Topamax,Pain meds,Chiropractic failed..while NFOO resolved years of Migraine

Carla started having really severe daily headaches when she was 22 years of age. She was taking pain medications every day. Her condition was diagnosed as Migraines by her neurologist who prescribed Topamax, Imitrex and pain medications for it. She was still getting daily migraines which led her to try Botox injections by a neurologist, Chiropractic adjustments 3 times a week for 2 years & injections by a Pain management specialist.

Carla was married around this time but did NOT want to start a family while she was on all these daily medications. She was concerned about the possible effects of these medications on the fetal development & would not risk the health of the baby. She was getting depressed and losing hope. She did not see any ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. She just could not accept that this will be her condition, the rest of her life with daily headaches and migraines.

Carla’s husband noticed her grinding & clenching her teeth in sleep. This led to her dentist referring her to a TMJ specialist in Tula, Oklahoma where she lives. The TMD splint that was made for her actually worsened her headaches. She reports that she was asked to protrude her jaw and that is where the bite was taken for the splint. After 2 years of treatment with that specialist with worsening symptoms, she sought out another.

This time she found a neuromuscular dentist that made her a removable neuromuscular orthotic that gave her a lot of relief. She still needed to take medications, but at least she was feeling better for the first time in years. For long term stabilization, this NM dentist was only able to offer Full Mouth reconstruction. He did tell her that if she were his 27 year old daughter, he would send her to Raman Center to do Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO) since very few doctors in the country do NFOO.

Carla was willing to travel anywhere in the world if she could have a pain free and drug free life so that she can start her family and enjoy quality of life. Driving 4 hours one way to Kansas City every month for over 2 years did not faze her at all to get her life back.

So Carla was referred by her NM dentist to us for a TMD evaluation and Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO). Once the precise Neuromuscular alignment of the jaw / head and neck was diagnosed, a fixed orthotic was constructed on her lower teeth to correct the alignment. This showed immediate relief of Carla’s symptoms. She was able to stop taking all medications within weeks. Further improvement of her jaw alignment was achieved during Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO). Shortly after that, she got pregnant and now has a handsome one year old young boy, Joseph. All of her braces and orthotic have been removed now. Her own natural teeth are coming together now to maintain her ideal jaw / neck alignment for the rest of her life. Carla is enjoying her improved quality of life through Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO).

Don’t readily accept taking neurologists prescribed medications for the rest of your life as the final word. No need to keep suffering with migraine and headaches when the underlying cause is a “bad bite”. It is not just teeth, but a poor jaw, head and neck alignment. It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular dentistry can actually solve these problems in most cases. So if you are tired of the pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and completely off ALL medications.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws are poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment. That is the big difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her family life, social life, work life and general happiness if the unrelenting daily ‘migraines’ had continued.. No wonder Carla believes that it was “definitely worth” the cost & travel time it took for her NFOO.

Jaw surgery avoided through NeuroMuscular Functional Orthodontics / Orthopedics (NFOO)

If regular orthodontists & oral surgeons say that jaw surgery is the ONLY option to correct TMJ pain, joint / ear pain when chewing, DON’T accept that too quickly. NFOO has proven to be an EFFECTIVE and non-surgical resolution of such symptoms many, many times. Here is one case history.

Laramie started having really severe pain when chewing and ear pain when she was in grade school. Her mother thought that she was a finicky eater. But Laramie did not know what it is like to eat without pain in the ears and jaws. Her dentist referred her to an orthodontist even though her teeth looked straight, which is the usual reason for getting braces. After 3 ½ years of braces, she continued to have ear and jaw pain. The pain skyrocketed after her wisdom teeth were removed, which evidently aggravated her existing chronic pain.

Laramie’s mother was alarmed to see her continue to lose weight, down to 100 pounds. She realized that her daughter is not just a finicky eater, but it was painful for her to even chew any food. She only ate what she could swallow without chewing. Laramie was in constant ear pain and jaw pain. She became depressed but did not realize that the pain was causing it.

They consulted with the orthodontist that had previously treated her. He felt that it was beyond orthodontics and referred her to an oral surgeon. The surgeon believed that the only option was jaw surgery. They consulted with another orthodontist who also thought that it was beyond orthodontics at that point.

One of Laramie’s mother’s colleagues is Deb Waylon whom we treated for and resolved chronic migraines and jaw pain. She referred Laramie to us for a NMD consultation.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws were poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment.
THAT is the difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics.
Laramie remains pain free, happy, able to eat anything she wants to and got married during her treatment. Just because regular orthodontic braces therapy has not worked to correct TMD problems you don’t have to accept surgery as the only other option.

It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular functional orthodontics / orthopedics (NFOO) can actually solve these problems in most cases without surgery. So if you are tired of the jaw pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of Laramie, an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and able to chew any food she wants without pain.

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her social life and general happiness if the unrelenting ear pain and painful chewing had continued. No wonder both Laramie and her mother believe that it was “definitely worth” the cost of NFOO.

Daily migraines resolved through Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics

Unrelenting headaches and Migraine resolved through Neuromuscular orthopedics orthodontics (NFOO) when Topamax, Imitrex, chiropractic adjustments and pain medications did not help that much.

Kenra started having really severe daily headaches when she was 16 years of age. She was taking Excedrin every day. Her condition was diagnosed as Migraines by her neurologist who prescribed medications for it. She was still getting daily migraines which led her to missing school many days. But if she took the medication and laid down in a dark room, it will subside. That was not practical to do with Kenra’s academic load in college. She was also getting chiropractic treatments but nothing resolved the headaches. Kenra tried Walmart mouth guards that were uncomfortable to wear and did not help either. She felt that there is “no hope” of a resolution either.

Kenra was referred by her dentist to us for a TMD evaluation which revealed the connection between her headaches and her jaw position. Once the Neuromuscular alignment of the jaw / head and neck was diagnosed, an orthotic was constructed on her lower teeth to correct the alignment. This showed immediate relief of Kenra’s symptoms.

Don’t readily accept taking neurologists prescribed medications for the rest of your life as the final word. No need to keep suffering with migraine and headaches when the underlying cause is a “bad bite”. It is not just teeth, but a poor jaw, head and neck alignment. It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular dentistry can actually solve these problems in most cases. So if you are tired of the pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and completely off ALL medications.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws are poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment. That is the difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her social life, academic life and general happiness if the unrelenting daily ‘migraines’ had continued. She was recently engaged to be married to a naval officer and looks forward to earning her degree soon. No wonder both Kenra and her mother believe that it was “definitely worth” the cost of NFOO.

Neurologists’ diagnoses don’t have to be the “final word”

Don’t readily accept confusing diagnoses from neurologists as the final word. If an oral surgeon says that your jaw joints are “fine” and yet you have facial pain and headaches, don’t accept that as the final word on “TMJ”. These are not the final words, if it means living a life of pain and heavy medications.
No need to keep suffering with migraine, headache, neck pain, back pain, jaw pain, ear pain, TMJ disorder and TMD when the underlying cause is a “bad bite”. It is not just teeth, but a poor jaw, head and neck alignment. It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular dentistry can actually solve these problems in most cases. So if you are tired of the pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of an actual patient who is a speech pathologist and a medical patient. It is in 2 parts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzvrMpVj9BA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDSMjjabyTo&feature=related

 She had been treated by several neurologists who diagnosed her, at different times, with Migraine, Headache, Trigeminal neuralgia, atypical dystonia, SUNCT and Tourette’s syndrome. They tried various medications: Tegretol, Prednisone, Neurontin, Lyrica, Topamax and other anti-seizure and anti-depressant medications without any improvement. There were steroid injections into the back of the neck as well.

She was told that since nothing they tried worked, it must be a psychological issue. She needs to learn to accept it.

Through Neuromuscular orthotic and neuromuscular orthodontics she is 90% pain free and completely off ALL medications. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics. This is different from traditional orthodontics where are teeth are moved to give a nice smile. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics.

TMJ pain, TMD, headaches need Neuromuscular treatment

AADR – American Academy of Dental Research – which mostly consists of dental school professors that don’t actually treat TMD / TMJ patients successfully, claim that TMD will get better over time on its own.  If not, then you need to manage the symptoms with neurologic medications. Here is a story of a patient that definitely did not find that to be true.  She has suffered for years until Neuromuscular orthotic and Orthodontic therapy is giving her pain relief for the first time.        Watch and hear it in her own words:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwCQ5naPi0s

Headache, jaw pain, neck ache, ear pain, TMJ disorder and TMD cured!

Headache, jaw pain, neck ache, ear pain, TMJ disorder and TMD cured!

Is that a bold thing to say? But it is true. While most dental school professors that “treat” TMJ / TMD don’t believe that it is possible, this is not so far fetched for Neuromuscular dentists.

Here is a story of a medical student in her own words. You can hear her passion when she read what AADR – a group of mostly dental school professors are trying to do in setting the standard for all dentists.

Don’t get me wrong! I am not painting all dental professors with that broad brush. I loved many of my dedicated teachers in dental school. But I am only referring to this one group – AADR – which is dominated by a group of academics.

Watch this video of an actual patient who is a 3rd year medical student in Kansas City.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCRfDABzUTU

 

before-smile-face ltAfter smile

 

She had jaw pain, neck pain, headache, back pain, fatigue along with worn teeth. Worn teeth were her least important concern. But getting a beautiful smile in the process has to help in her career as a physician and in her life.

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