Are your headaches TMJ related?
Headaches are so common that many people believe that having headaches is a normal part of living. Headaches are not normal and not everyone has headaches. They are so common that millions of advertising dollars are spent every month competing for the public to buy their pain relieving pills instead of their competitors. As a result, many people think that they have migraine headaches. Instead of looking for the cause of the pain, they promote “take our migraine relief pill.” So, what’s really going on?
What is a Migraine Headache?
Migraine headaches are fairly rare. The symptoms associated with a true migraine are very specific. Approximately 60% of individuals with migraine headaches indicate they get a feeling that the pain is about to begin before it actually starts. These feelings can include irritability, altered mood, euphoria or depression, food cravings, fatigue, stiff muscles (especially in the neck), constipation or diarrhea, and sensitivity to smells or noise. In addition, people with migraines complain of significant intolerance to light. This is the aura phase of a true migraine headache and it usually occurs in 99% of the cases.
Individuals could experience partial alteration in the field of vision or flickering lights which can affect one’s ability to read or function visually. Other symptoms of a true migraine headache are a feeling of “pins and needles” on one side of the face that spreads to the nose and mouth area of the same side followed by numbness. Migraine headaches can last from one hour to several days. Nausea occurs concurrently in almost all cases with about one-third of the patient vomiting.
Symptoms of TMJ Headaches, not Migraines
TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorders) symptoms are very specific but admittedly similar to some of the symptoms of the migraine headaches. The symptoms of TMD are:
- Frequent recurrent headaches with the associated pain always being located where the muscles of mastication are attached to the bone of the face and skull.
- Frequent or recurrent earaches. This can be unilateral or bilateral and frequently described by patients as a “deep earache”.
- Neck pain that occurs where the muscles that control head movement are connected to the skull and upper torso.
- Pain in the mandible, (jaw). This pain can radiate from above and is frequently confused with dental pain. Many patients have actually had teeth extracted thinking that the pain was coming from the teeth.
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Hearing problems frequently described and a feeling of fullness in the ear or talking inside of a drum
- Shoulder or arm pain or tightness
- Arm/hand/finger tingling or numbness
- Inability to open the lower jaw fully or locking of the jaw
Many people who experience unexplained headaches, neck pain, earaches, jaw pain, vertigo, or shoulder/arm pain do not realize that these symptoms are due to the inflammation in their JAW JOINT resulting in temporomandibular joint disorders.
How do I fix it?
If you think your pain may be associated with TMJ disorder, call our office today at 864-288-6404 to schedule a consultation in Greenville, SC.
TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have symptoms like pain or a “clicking sound”, you will be happy to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Early detection and treatment are important due to the fact that some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions.
Do you have trouble with your jaw? TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You many grind or clench your teeth, tighten jaw muscles and stress your temporomandibular joint or you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or difficulty opening your mouth wide.
There are various treatment options that Dr. Stoller can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Stoller will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment works best with a team approach consisting of self-care as well as professional care.
Did you know that almost 50% of all women suffer from unexplained headaches, migraines, neck pain, jaw pain, earaches, vertigo, and shoulder/arm pain?
Most people do not realize that these symptoms are due to the inflammation of their jaw joint.
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Dr. Tony Urbanek, inventor of the patent pending, drug-free, non-surgical, permanent solution to jaw joint problems, arrived at this treatment after performing thousands of surgeries and realizing the relief was often temporary. He went above and beyond the typical dental mouth guard or splint. The result! To date over 1,000 patients have been treated with this pioneering new method with over 90% success.