Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

by Stacy Stone, ChronicPainConnection Expert

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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