LeAnn Rimes was unable to perform an encore at her March 22 Oklahoma concert, to the great dismay of her fans, but there was a very good reason Rimes didn’t do one. It turns out, as she revealed shortly after the show via Twitter, that she had dislocated her jaw!
She sent the following Tweet to explain matters: “Oklahoma!!!! I love you so much! I’m sorry for no encore. I had my jaw pop out of place & I can’t hear out of my left ear. #tmjsucks”
Even though she was clearly disappointed and sorry that she was unable to return for an encore, not to mention the excruciating pain she must have been in, she Tweeted later that she had thoroughly enjoyed the show nevertheless: “I had the best time tonight with my Oklahoma fans! I love y’all!” She posted.
This is by no means the first time that LeAnn Rimes has suffered from TMJ-related issues. TMJ, which is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint disorder, causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint.
In 2012, Rimes underwent a number of dental surgeries to correct the problem. In July of that year, she posted a message to her fans informing them that she was: “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal.”
She continued: “This is one of the craziest things I’ve ever been through. Trying to keep my mind off the pain & what’s about to happen by saying hi to you guys. Life does not work on the right schedule sometimes. This is such bad timing! K, wish me luck. Much love!”
Sadly the procedure didn’t have the desired results, and LeAnn Rimes ended up filing a lawsuit at the beginning of 2013, alleging that her dentist’s work had not only failed to cure the issue but had made it worse.
She said that she suffered from “severe tooth pain, gum inflammation, and chronic gum bleeding,” and that her “ability to perform as an artist has been and will continued to be significantly compromised until all re-treatment is complete.”
It seems that despite her jaw issues, LeAnn Rimes managed to stay in good spirits, and was even thoughtful enough to Tweet her fans with an update and an apology.