Tim’s Vertigo Mystery Resolved
Tim’s TMJ story has a more dramatic opening than many. One day at work in his office, he suddenly suffered a debilitating attack of vertigo. He was dizzy, nauseous, and weak. Though he tried to work through it, a coworker saw his suffering and demanded that Tim either go to the hospital or he would call 911. Tim consented to let his coworker take him to the hospital. Throughout what Tim describes as a “violent 25-minute ride through hell,” Tim vomited almost continuously.
At the hospital, they conducted numerous tests but couldn’t identify the cause of his symptoms but found no answer. Eventually, Tim received a diagnosis of Ménière’s disease, which matches his symptoms. Unfortunately, even his Ménière’s disease specialist couldn’t tell him why his symptoms started or what he could do to prevent their return. Instead, he gave Tim a grave prognosis: he would lose hearing in his affected ear, and eventually, his other ear would likely become affected, too.
Like many people with Ménière’s disease, Tim didn’t realize that it could be connected to TMJ. Instead, he only sought treatment with us after his wife, referred by a sister-in-law, came to our Detroit area TMJ practice. When she saw great results and became friends with people at our office, Tim decided to see us for treatment.
Detroit TMJ dentist Dr. Haddad discovered that Tim’s jawbone had worn away at the body’s defenses surrounding the delicate workings of the inner ear. As a result, the balance and other functions of the ear were compromised. In addition, his jaw was actually wearing down the protection around the right ear, and it would soon be impacted.
However, Dr. Haddad rebuilt Tim’s bite, helping Tim feel steady for the first time in more than seven years. His vertigo attacks resolved as well. Plus, Tim is happy that he has a beautifully restored smile to support his healthy bite.
Read Tim’s entire personal story here.