TMJ disorder has many symptoms , some of which can mimic other disorders. It has been called "The Great Imposter" by many physicians, and because of this, diagnosis can be difficult. The most common method of diagnosing TMJ disorder (TMJD or TMD) is by visiting a physician and having a physical exam and history performed. The physician or dentist will examine the patient’s face and jaw for pain and tenderness, listen to the joint for noises, check the patient’s bite, and measure how far the jaw can open. The physician will most likely take x-rays of the joints, which will enable him to see the bones and surrounding teeth and make sure that no other problems affecting these structures are causing the symptoms. Sometimes, other tests are ordered, such as CT scans, which are used to view the bony detail of the joint, or MRIs to view the soft tissues of the joint, including the disc. The types of imaging used in TMJ Disorder diagnosis are: Computed Tomography (CT o...
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...
My name is Stacy, and I am 24 years old. I live in Atlanta, GA, although I have moved all over the U.S. and have lived in more than 30 cities (my favorite being San Francisco!). I have had TMJ disorder since I was mauled by a neighbor's dog in 1992. I have been to more doctors than I can count, and have had symptoms ranging from migraine headaches, to chronic facial pain and vertigo. I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from the dog attack, chronic daily headaches and migraines, malocclusion from improper orthodontics, degenerative disc disorder in my neck, and various neuropathies.. all of which were symptoms of a much bigger problem, TMJ disorder. Treatments have included splint therapy, trigger point injections, physical therapy, cervical facet blocks and occipital nerve blocks, seizure medications, anti-depressants, and psychological evaluations. I have had 9 surgeries (mostly bilateral) starting in 2003. These include multiple arthrocentesis, bilateral arthr...
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