Now My Teeth Hurt–No Cavities, It’s Fibromyalgia Related!

TMJ three letters that stand for…PAIN. The medical term is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.

TMD is a musculoskeletal disorder, which means that it affects muscles and bones. Sometimes people refer to TMD as TMJ, the correct term, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. (either term causes pain for those of us who suffer from the condition)

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent cause of chronic health problems, disabilities, and health care utilization. They are the second most common reason for restricting activity and consuming medication.

Temporomandibular disorders are not adequately recognized by the medical community and are reported by a large proportion of fibromyalgia patients. Both TMD and fibromyalgia affect the muscles of the face, head, neck, shoulders, and back. Unfortunately, both TMD and fibromyalgia often go undiagnosed. Eighty-five percent of people who suffer from fibromyalgia also suffer from TMD.

Probably the primary source of pain in TMD is muscle pain. Muscle pain arises from the muscles and the fascia, which are sheaths that surround the muscles. There are several different hypotheses about the exact mechanisms for how muscles become painful; however, most investigators agree that muscles can become inflamed, which causes increased temperature over the entire muscle. In addition the muscles can become swollen following severe sustained muscle contraction.

Because TMD has so many symptoms, making a proper diagnosis is difficult. However, there are a few classic symptoms that involve the TM joints, ears, head, face, and teeth.

  • Ear Discomfort
  • Headache
  • Facial Pain
  • Teeth Clenching
  • Depression

Lets look at some Self-Management…

Here are some tips:

  • Avoid chewing gum and clenching your teeth.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Eat small bites of food and control yawns to avoid opening your mouth wide.
  • Maintain good posture and eat nutritious foods to promote joint and muscle healing.
  • Hold the telephone, instead of cradling it against your shoulder.
  • Have misalignment of your teeth corrected.

Do you have TMD? Please share some of you management tips, with us.

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