The Doctors: Janet Hubert Revealed Struggle With TMJ & Jaw Pain

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The Doctors: Janet Hubert Health Struggle

Actress Janet Hubert is best known for her role as Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirBefore her role in the hit TV series, she was a Broadway dancer, actress, and singer. About twelve years ago, after suffering from what’s known as “military neck,” Janet went to see a chiropractor who put a traction device on her neck. Thee weeks into using it, she heard a snap and began waking up with violent, intense pain, tremors, and dizziness. At one point, she completely blacked out and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. No one could figure out what was wrong with her, and it drove her to the point of wanting to die rather than continue to live like she was.

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The Doctors: Diagnosed With TMJ + Gelb Device For Relief

The Doctors: Janet Hubert Revealed Struggle With TMJ & Jaw Pain

Janet Hubert, former star of “Fresh Prince,” revealed her struggle with jaw pain and severe tremors, and finally found relief. (rodeime / Flickr)

Janet went to see her 48th doctor hoping he could finally have some answers for her. When she saw Dr Michael Gelb, he finally figured out that her head was basically pulled off the first vertebrae, which caused her jaw and entire head to shift. Everything was sitting to the right. The specific syndrome she was diagnosed with was TMJ, which meant her jaw was out of line and a specific nerve was being compressed all day long. Dr Travis Stork acknowledged that people with TMJ describe the pain as a “suicidal kind of pain” which is why Janet was driven to the point that she was.

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A tiny plastic device finally gave her relief. It’s called the Gelb Device and it actually looks like a retainer. Her teeth never come together and her jaw is aligned, thanks to the device. Dr Gelb explained that you should be able to put your fingers in your ears and bite down, without feeling any clicking, popping or pain. If you feel compression, it’s a bad sign. Dr Gelb believes that you should never use traction when it means pulling your chin back, because it can cause popping and clicking of the joint. She’s trying to figure out how to make the relief permanent, but she’s certainly doing a lot better than she was before.

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