Hi, I've been suffering from terrible migraines, chest pain, back pain, pain in my upper jaw, and neck pain. I know I have terrible TMJ, and I was wondering if TMJ could cause migraines?
I am on an anti-anxiety pill that I take before bedtime, but the migraines continue and I know I'm still grinding my teeth. Last night, my migraine was so bad I couldn't fall asleep, almost vomited, and was in intense pain when I touched my face, neck, or jaw.
If TMJ can produce migraines, what can I do to stop it? Also, after having a horrible migraine, is it normal to feel extreme weakness and fatigue the next day?
Thanks so much, Alicia.
TMJ can definitely be a Migraine trigger, a physical factor that brings on a Migraine attack. TMJ should be treated, both to help alleviate any Migraines it may be triggering for you and to stop it's progression and any other health issues it may cause you. Your dentist should be able to refer you to someone...
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