Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

Disclaimer: The picture included is not my x-ray but it is pretty similar to what my jaw looks like.

Hello, I hope you all are well and safe!

The reason I am requesting financial help is for my TMJ and jaw realignment surgery. If you are not familiar with the condition, I will provide some information.

The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull. It can be found on both sides of your head, in front of your ears and it allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat. (cited from healthline)

My joint is incapable of functioning properly due to my SEVERLEY misaligned jaw. Growing up I always had a click in my jaw while yawning, chewing or any such movement. However, in 2018 this issue became unbearable as the left side of my jaw popped out of place and got locked there for 2 days. The pain was awful and I couldn’t open my mouth beyond an inch. It eventually eased up, but kept happening on and off. However, it has recently come back with a vengeance (2020 year of all bad things, right?) and it’s been locked on both sides since January of this year.

I am able to open my mouth wide enough to get morsels of food in, but the pain is EXCRUTIATING! I can feel it popping in and out of place while I chew and the discs slide as well. I have to be very careful while talking/brushing teeth etc because any sudden movements and it gets locked in place. My ears ache all the time as well and I’m exhausted. The appearance of my jaw is just awful – it has become so obvious how misaligned it is and it’s really affecting my confidence.

I really need this surgery (tmj and jaw realignment). I’m currently in college so all my money goes there, if you could donate even $5 I would really appreciate it!

I do understand that my account may seem untrustworthy because I haven’t linked my social media to it or included personal pictures, but it’s because I’m really concerned my relatives will see this. I come from a VERY judgmental society and they all will talk about me to our small community. I am already very insecure about this and I don’t need any additional judgment. Please trust that this is a genuine post.

I hope you all take care, thank you to anyone who donates! And if you are unable to, I completely understand.
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