FROM OUR EXPERTS
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...
Treatment for TMJ Disorder can vary from simple, self-care to complicated surgical procedures. It is very important when seeking TMD treatment that the patient exhausts all conservative options before moving on to invasive treatments. When you first believe that you may have a temporomandibular joint problem, there are things that you can do at home to relieve your pain, such as: Eating soft foods such as yogurt, eggs, cereal, oatmeal, etc. (we will have an article on nutrition soon) to give your joints a rest. Avoid hard, crunchy foods (raw vegetables, chips, nuts), chewy foods (hard rolls, bagels, gum), and large foods that force you to open your mouth wide (hamburgers, big sandwiches, hot dogs, etc.). Moist heat or cold packs – If both are used, apply ice first, then do gentle stretching as directed by your physician, and apply heat. You can make your own heating pack by either wetting a washcloth or towel and microwaving it, or putting rice in a tube sock and microwaving that....
If self care techniques for TMJ Disorder do not relieve your pain, your physician might recommend moving forward with treatment more involved than self care. This can include: Imaging: MRI, CT, X-Rays (Panorex, Tomogram, etc.) and other imaging techniques can be used to determine the state of the joints and surrounding tissues as well as determine what treatment may be the most appropriate. MRI's are primarily used for visualizing soft tissue such as discs and muscles, while CT scans show bone in great detail. X-Rays give a basic look at the joints and their relationship with your occlusion (the way your teeth fit together). Splint Therapy: Splints, nightguards, biteplates and NTI's (all words for similar devices) are the most common treatment for jaw related pain and muscle disorders. Injections: Trigger point injections are injections to address knots in muscles that cause pain. They can be done with anesthetic only, that is, without epinephrine or anti-infla...
You should know
Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.