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April 14 2010

TMJ Pain – What Are The Symptoms?

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TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. The joint connects the lower and upper jaws. Put simply, it connects the jaw to the skull. This TMJ jaw joint can often have issues related to it known as temporomandibular joint syndrome. Just like the other joints of the body, the TMJ will undergo wear and tear due to regular chewing and talking. Sometimes a strong blow to the jaw can result in TMJ too.

The symptoms for TMJ syndrome can either be direct or indirect. The most common and early sign of TMJ is a clicking noise when the jaw is closed and opened. The clicking sound may be a popping or a snapping that could be loud enough; it can be heard by other people around. There may be pain that accompanies this clicking but with or without the pain, it signals that the TMJ has a displaced disc or that it is irritated or inflamed. The next sign of TMJ is the locking jaw symptom when the jaw gets locked during opening or closing. A change in the bite of a person is another direct symptom for TMJ. Once again, as the TMJ becomes displaced, the teeth do not line up properly and the bite or the dental occlusion is not aligned.

It’s usually sensible to approach the problem by attacking the cause rather than the symptoms as TMJ No More does in it’s step by step program

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TMJ symptoms which are considered inderstc include lack of sleep, sore facial muscles in the morning, neck and shoulder pain, sore teeth, hearing issues, dizziness, headaches, and sinus problems. A TMJ headache will usually be felt round the temples, the back of the head and the shoulders. The displaced disc in the TMJ causes pain that usually centralizes itself in these areas. Dizziness is a symptom of TMJ because if the TMJ is inflamed it affects the inner ear which is the area that gives people a sense of balance. Pain behind the eye created by TMJ can lead to sensitivity to light. Eye twitching and blurred vision can also be taken as TMJ symptoms in addition to this.

Since the TMJ is adjacent to your ears, TMJ problems usually effect the ears and hearing. An extreme case can sometimes result in loss of hearing but more commonly it will be ringing in the ears. If there is no congestion in the nose but stuffiness is felt, it can also be a symptom of TMJ. If someone is clenching or grinding their teeth during the night neck pain and tender facial muscles can result. All are caused by teeth clenching and grinding during sleep. The person experiencing TMJ may be depressed because of sleep deprivation and continual pain.

Natural remedies are available for TMJ problems and books such as TMJ No More are said to help a lot of sufferers.