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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Therapist001, Community Member, asks

Q: TMJ cause arm weakness, pain in neck, uppoer back, and chronic miraine-like headaches?

I have had TMJ (lest side of jaw) as long as I can remember.  Have loud poppoing/clicking when opening mouth fully.  Have had problems for a long time with trapezius muscle, left arm weakness/pain, chest muscle pain that radiates to the upper back on my left side.  Since Nov. 2009, I have had daily, migraine-like headaches.  Can't find the cause and have underwent a multitude of MRI's etc..  Never been actually diagnosed with TMJ and the doctors have not asked.  I did not realize TMJ could cause SEVERE headaches that are daily.  Do you think the symptoms fit?  Thanks so much for your help.

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Cort, Health Guide
4/28/10 11:17pm

I wonder if this could all be muscle related? Have you thought of seeing a kinesiologist or a chiropracter - someone who could determine if you have a spasming muscle somewhere? I guess you've had your spine looked at?

 

 TMJ can certainly cause migraine-like headaches. Some TMJ practitioners use massage and I wonder if the right kind of massage, done consistently enough, could relieve substantial amounts of tension and stress in these constricted muscles and provide substantial relief. Just an idea! Good luck. 

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aprilholt32, Community Member
4/29/10 1:18am

When my TMJ flares up, the ONLY thing that I can do is take Naproxen. I dont take much usually just one pil but then sometimes I may have to take more. When mine flares up,the whole right side of my face down in my neck just aches so bad that I want to scream. There has been moments when I would go lay down and somehow wind up in the floor crying,not knowing how I got there. I wasnt on any sleeping meds just hurt so much I musta sleepwalked. I wish that doctors would realize because we are in pain doesnt mean we are trying to be junkies, that we wanna stop hurting! Because my doctor wouldnt prescribe me anything not even Naproxen. I had to get it from my mother who is on it. I know that there is some in ibuprofen but its not strong enough.

My neck would tighten up so bad that the muscle in my neck would stick up and my arm would hurt because of it. I have never had a migraine type of headache thank god with it but I have had mild headaches. Im telling you the only thing that I can do is naproxen and a heating pad. Heating pad is awesome for it as well.I hope you get to feeling better,pain like that is terrible.

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By Therapist001, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 04/28/10