How do I know that I have TMD?

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Many sufferers have come a long way from seeing doctors and doing research until a practitioner uses the term TMJ on them for the first time. Usually this process takes months, if not years. More often than not the assumption of having TMD is mainly based on a large list of symptoms, after other diagnoses were ruled out. So what are the typical signs of a jaw joint problem?

Affected persons will experience headaches, neckaches, migraines, stiff muscles on their bodies; and noises in their jaw and neck joints. This goes way beyond just not feeling well. It includes debilitating ailments such as fibromyalgia, dizziness, tinnitus and nausea. Also digestive, vision, hearing or breathing problems may occur. A dentist might blame you for clenching or grinding your teeth. In severe cases, dystonia, muscles spasms or even tics might occur. But rarely is the connection between all of these common consequences of TMD seen. Did you know that even snoring during nighttime or breathing through your mouth might be a signs of TMD?

The suspicion of suffering from TMD is not an exact diagnosis. In fact, the term TMD does not have a standard pathway of treatment. On the very contrary, different branches within medical thought have been fighting one another instead of recognizing the connections. This has to do with how in Western medicine, the body is artificially being divided into sections. TMD, however, is a systemic anatomical condition that crosses the borders between dental problems, joint problems; and muscle and nerve issues.

TMD has often been called a chameleon that might give you different symptoms on different days. It often worsens after eating, and symptoms might change during the day. But only when you don’t know what you don’t know that this appears to be a weird condition. It is exactly that situation of feeling lost that sufferers suffer most from. They don’t know what’s going on with them, neither do their doctors know, and very often their family and friends start asking about the mental condition of the affected person.

But how then, do I know that I have TMD? We can help you to precisely find out the root cause of your problem by advising you on which testings, images and examinations can be done. Let us connect the dots for you, so that you can find the necessary help to get better. Only when you really know what’s going on with you can you find the right help.

(c) 2022

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