The TMJ Association, Ltd. has released the results of an extensive survey they conduceted with 1,511 people living with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD). The goal for this survey was, “...to provide patients, providers, and scientists with a fuller understanding of these conditions - who experiences them, and the treatments being recommended to TMJ patients and whether these treatments help them.” TMJD, as defined by a 1996 National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference on Managing Temporomandibular Disorders , is “a collection of medical and dental conditions affecting the joint and muscles of mastication, as well as contiguous tissue components.” It is thought that as many as 10 to 36 million adult Americans are affected by TMJD. Survey Results
Demographics: Survey participants were 90 percent women; 96 percent were non-Hispanic white; average age was 40.8; 70 percent were employed; 79 percent had some college or...
We often receive questions here at AnxietyConnection.com about whether dizziness can be a sign or symptom of anxiety. Some of our members have written about chronic dizziness that has interfered with their ability to live their life. One member wrote , "Could not go into stores without getting woozy....I literally stayed home for 2 months!" When you go to the doctor because you are feeling dizzy, an inner ear infection is one of the first things a doctor will look at. When tests for that come back negative, you might be sent for an MRI, EEG, echocardiogram or have a blood sugar test done for anemia, low blood sugar or thyroid levels. Our members have described litanies of medical tests and when they come back negative, doctors may not know what is causing the dizziness.
A study completed in 2007 showed that chronic dizziness with no physical causes can be caused by anxiety. In the study, 2,400 patients complaining of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance problems were exa...
TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
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