share my story with you. 'Before visiting Patrick I would say I had been suffering from chronic pain in the jaw joint mainly on the left, muscles in face, head and neck along with headaches for about 5 years after some dental work that I had done, it was obvious to me that this dental work had started to trigger off a bad malocclusion as the pain just continued to get worse over these 5 years.
I was constantly uncomfortable and in pain which triggered chronic fatigue, just even simple tasks felt like mountainous work I felt my body was slowing down because it was in a constant state of stress with the pain, during this time I developed a autoimmune disorder (which I do have a deposition for as it runs in my family) but I truly believe it was triggered by the stress of the pain. I became reclusive, felt robbed of any confidence and unfortunately slipped into depression. I used to be so active and was noticing that my performance in the gym was pathetic I couldn't lift weights, I tired so easily.
I had started before I saw Patrick to do some research on what was going on as I had no idea, and all my symptoms seemed to point towards TMJ, through this research on TMJ I came across Patrick and his work and decided to take the trip from Yorkshire to London to see if he could help. My first appointment Patrick explained to me the workings of the jaw joint in much detail and how it is supposed to function correctly, he ordered an MRI scan on both joints which revealed that I did have bilaterally displaced discs more prevalent on the left side which obviously made total sense, Patrick then explained to me the course of treatment to correct the issues.
So I started my treatment with my Gelb splint in the August of 2015 and continued to wear this splint for the next year, now we are in September 2016 and I can honestly say.. I HAVE MY LIFE BACK I am no longer in chronic pain. I am currently 36 weeks pregnant as I write this, I can honestly say I really thought that becoming pregnant was out of the question completely for me as I felt I just would not have been able to cope with a pregnancy both physically and mentally whilst in the chronic pain I was in. I feel like a different person and even people comment on the way I look as my face was always very swollen before the treatment and how I am in myself I have my confidence and self esteem back I'm not miserable anymore I feel relaxed and happy and I beyond grateful for Patricks work, right now I am waiting on my the birth of the beautiful baby I thought I would never be able to have to be born and then we are moving onto phase 2 of treatment.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have had my treatment with Patrick, and my appointments have and continue to be a pleasure (not something most would say about a trip to the dentist).