This bruxism or teeth grinding has caused me to also have migraines. I just suffered to two horrible ones in the last two weeks. That is why I started back on my 17 Day Diet and returned to exercise with Shaun T and Hip Hop Abs. Since I started back on a healthy life style, I have not had any migraines or any whisperings of them.
So now what? I could quit my stress, which would produce more stress. No matter what, stress is to be found. I need to deal with it through proper diet and Hip Hop Abs. Nice walks will do as well. I have been consistent with diet and exercise for a week and I am feeling better, but it hasn't stopped the clenching completely.
I have to use a mouth guard. My dentist made impressions with this nasty pink stuff today. The dental assistant made the impressions up my upper and lower teeth. I had to smell that disgusting goo for 2 minutes or so. Now the hard part is over...at least I hope that is true. I will pick the mouth guard up in two weeks and hopefully I will notice the difference. I seriously don't want to grind my teeth anymore because it will cause more problems. Dental work is costly plus I would like to drink room temperature water without cringing. The pain is very difficult to take.
For me, it is not entirely about a mouth guard. For me, it is about learning to control and manage my stress. I have to learn to let things go. There are circumstances that I cannot control and I need to not fret about it and practice the serenity prayer. I should probably call it the anti-clenching prayer. Let's hope it works for me. God willing and the creek don't rise, I can conquer my stress.
I had always prayed the first part of the prayer below. I had no idea that it was extended. Thought I would include it for your information. Surrender and acceptance. Acceptance and surrender. Keeping things in proper perspective. Words to live by.
The Serenity Prayer
|God grant me the serenity|
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.