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5 Signs Your TMJ is Trying to Get Your Attention

Do you suffer from pain in your jaw that has baffled other health care providers?

Are you at your wits end trying to relieve the pain?

Have you been told that you’re “just imagining” your jaw pain?

We’ve seen all of this before, and we understand.

The pain you’re experiencing may be coming directly from your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in your jaw.

TMJ dysfunction, also referred to as TMD (temporomandibular disorder), can cause a number of strange and painful symptoms that can be easily overlooked. The bones of the upper spine near the skull can become misaligned quite easily. The body tries to compensate for this imbalance, but even a small alignment problem can put tremendous pressure on nerves and tissues.  Disorders like TMD can result.

Here are 5 signs your TMJ is screaming for your attention:

1. Headaches

Headaches are the most common symptoms associated with TMJ pain. Roughly 80 percent of people with TMJ problems report suffering from headaches. The TMJ could be to blame if your headaches tend to recur, if they are not alleviated by typical headache treatments, and if they do not respond in the long term to over-the-counter or prescription medicines.  It is possible BOTH TMJ pain and Headaches are effects of a misalignment between the head and neck.

2. Dizziness and Vertigo

Dizziness is the feeling of near-fainting: things may seem fuzzy, dark, and out of focus, and you may feel that you’ve lost consciousness for a moment. Vertigo is the sensation of standing on the heaving deck of a ship. Dizziness and vertigo may appear separately or together in people with TMJ dysfunction.

3. Ear Pain, Fullness, and/or Ringing

The sensation of plugged ears or an earache can be frightening. Doctors often treat this mysterious ear pain with antibiotics or steroids; many sufferers believe allergies are to blame.   Ear pain or fullness and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can be caused by nerve irritation from TMJ disorders.  It can also be caused by changes at the base of the skull, or by disfunction in the muscles of the neck.

4. Head, Neck, and/or Shoulder Pain

TMJ issues sometimes manifest as pain in the face, neck, or shoulders. Some sufferers have chronic sinus pain with no signs of infection. Others have episodes of eye pain and pressure, unexplained tooth sensitivity, or mysterious neck and shoulder pain or stiffness. Many nerves in these areas come from the brain stem. When the nerves are irritated by misaligned bones near the skull, they may cause significant pain.

5. Cognitive Difficulties

People with TMJ pain do not simply have jaw pain; they live in chronic pain. Chronic pain can cause trouble with thinking, memory, and even depression or anxiety. If your jaw, neck, and skull are not properly aligned, the blood flow and fluid movement between your head and body slows down. It can cause “brain fog,” a state of mental confusion and difficulty focusing. TMJ syndrome patients were found to score poorly on cognitive tests and used different regions of the brain than normal to complete tasks.

It’s Time to Get the Right Answers

If you continue to experience jaw pain or any of the symptoms above, and no one has been able to successfully relieve your pain, it might be time to try a different TMJ headache treatment.  Here at TMJ Solution, we can help you identify the underlying cause of your discomfort and get you on the right treatment plan.

Call now to set up an immediate CONSULTATION: 888-902-0909.

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