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Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

by Stacy Stone, ChronicPainConnection Expert

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It should be considered that there are many symptoms of TMJ disorder.  Everyone is different, therefore the disorder can and does manifest itself in a variety of ways.  Although this is by no means an exclusive list, the following are symptoms a patient with TMJ disorder might experience.

Eye Pain and Eye Problems:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Blurring of vision
  • Eye pain above, below and behind eye
  • Pressure behind eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watering of the eyes

Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain:

  • Migraines
  • Forehead pain
  • Cluster headaches
  • "Sinus Type" headache
  • Hair and/or scalp painful or sensitive to touch
  • Headaches at the back of the head, with or without shooting pain

Teeth and Gum Problems:

  • Clenching during the day or at night
  • Grinding teeth at night (bruxism)
  • Tooth pain
  • Sensitive teeth

Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems:

  • Discomfort or pain to any of these areas
  • Pain in cheek muscles
  • Uncontrollable tongue movements
  • Jaw and Jaw Joint Problems
  • Limited opening
  • Inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly
  • Jaw deviates to one side when opening
  • Inability to find the correct bite with teeth
  • Clicking or popping jaw joints
  • Uncontrollable jaw movements

Ear Pain, Ear Problems:

  • Hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds
  • Diminished hearing
  • Clogged, "stuffy", itchy ears
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Ear pain without infection
  • Balance problems, vertigo, dizziness

Throat Problems:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Tightness of throat
  • Sore throat with no infection
  • Voice fluctuations
  • Laryngitis
  • Tongue Pain

Neck and Shoulder Problems:

  • Neck pain
  • Tired, sore neck problems
  • Shoulder aches
  • Back pain (upper and lower)
  • Arm and finger tingling, numbness, and/or pain
  • Stiffness

It is very important to keep in mind that everyone is different.  Please see a physician to receive a thorough examination and diagnosis before jumping to any conclusions about your health.

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