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Sometimes, I feel like I’m living two lives. To many, I am just a young, thirty-something arts administrator who loves to bake, travel and practice yoga. As far as they are concerned, I am also perfectly healthy. In this life, I go to work from nine to five, enjoy walking around my new neighborhood discovering little shops and cafes, and pop up to New York City frequently to spend time with friends and catch up on the latest in contemporary dance. To others, I am a young, thirty-something blogger/writer documenting the daily challenges of navigating life with a chronic disease and advocating for greater awareness of this thing called rheumatoid arthritis. In this life, a team of specialist doctors is only a speed dial away. Under the cover of night (and weekends), I sit hunched at my desk writing about my broken immune system and responding to emails from people around the planet, most of whom I’ve never met, in an ...
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...
You might be a little concerned to hear snap, crackle and pop in the morning, especially when those noises are not coming from your bowl of Rice Krispies. Instead, those noises might be coming from one, two or three of your joints. Yikes. What do all these gyrations mean? Doctors hear these question all the time but sometimes even we do not know the exact answer and that uncertain seems to make matters worse. So, let me try to clear the air about some of these joint sounds.
A "snap" is classically heard coming from the hip joint - a snapping hip . Usually, this sound represents a tendon snapping across one of the big hip bones. When this motion creates friction and irritation to the soft tissues, that sound can be accompanied by pain. A snapping hip is not a problem unless pain, reduced range of motion or weakness are also presenting as part of the problem. Other joints can also make snapping noises because the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones is not as silent and ...
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