Fibromyalgia and jaw pain.
Fibromyalgia is very painful throughout the body, as we all know very well. Does this include the jaw? Or is the jaw pain caused by a totally different disease?
Fibromyalgia is usually accompanied by a long list of associated diseases. A common disorder seen in people with fibromyalgia is the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMD).
It is estimated that 90% of fibromyalgia patients experience pain in the face and jaw, and perhaps as many as 75% of fibromyalgia patients live with TMJD.
What is the disorder of the temporomandibular joint?
TMD is a disorder that affects the jaw. It attacks the muscles and cartilage of the face, head, and neck. This can cause many problems, including:
Pain in the face and jaw.
Difficulty opening and closing your mouth.
Pain in the shoulders, back or neck.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
vision or double vision.
Dizziness and nausea
Grinding of teeth
Listening to problems
Pain in front of the ears.
Waking up with intense pain in the jaw, face and intense headache, in addition to the stiffness and pain in the back, arms and legs of fibromyalgia, is far from pleasant. It’s easy to understand why TMJD is such a big problem, especially when it’s associated with fibromyalgia.
There are two types of TMD: articular and muscular TMD. This is the last one that mainly affects people with fibromyalgia. It can also affect the muscles we use to chew and move the scalp, face, neck and shoulders.
Possible causes of muscle TMD include:
Most of them are also possible causes of fibromyalgia or are symptoms of fibromyalgia.
These two conditions are closely related and doctors consider muscle DMJ as a type of fibromyalgia.
Like fibromyalgia, TMD affects the way our body and brain interpret the signs of pain, which means that our body feels pain when it should not have pain.
TMJD can also make sensitive trigger points even more sensitive, causing more pain throughout the body. The last thing we need is more pain!
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Unfortunately, many of us live with TMJD without being treated or even diagnosed. Because? There is a disconnection about what the doctor is treating you.
Some doctors see it as a dental problem, while dentists consider it a medical problem. This can also lead to problems for which the insurance company will pay for the treatment, which often results in medical or dental insurance covering the treatment of the TMJD.
So what can we do to relieve the pain and discomfort of TMD?
Stress is thought to be one of the main causes of TMD. As I’m sure, we all know that stress has many problems, especially when you have fibromyalgia.
Finding ways to reduce stress can help reduce the symptoms of TMD and fibromyalgia.
If you think it’s a lot easier to say than to do it, believe me, I hear you! But we can take some steps to reduce stress.
Here are some suggestions that can help you reduce stress in your life.
Combined with stress that reduces lifestyle changes, medications can help relax facial muscles and reduce pain. The massage was also found useful for some.
In some cases, a dentist may place an orthopedic occlusal plate to help stabilize the bite and balance the muscles of the jaw, head and neck.
As with many other aspects of fibromyalgia, there is no easy answer. However, with some determination, a persistent attitude, with the help of doctors and therapists, it is possible to relieve the pain of the jaw.