Temporomandibular joint disorder can be a literal pain in the neck. The condition, which is more commonly known as TMJ disorder, is a disorder of the joints of your jaw. The disorder can manifest in a multitude of ways, and some not necessarily be pain in your jaw. Symptoms can include anything from headaches to numbness in the fingers to pain in the shoulders and neck to earaches and more. Because the symptoms vary so much, many people never even realize they have a problem or the need to receive the proper treatment. Unlike with some disorders that have diagnostic tests that can come back negative or positive, there is no clear testing for TMJ disorder. A diagnosis is made based on your symptoms and how long they have been occurring.
Degree of Symptoms
As stated above, there are a vast number of symptoms of TMJ disorder. The degree of the pain caused by it can vary widely, too. While some people may report sharp, unbearable stabs of pain, others may experience a peristent dull ache. Migraines and headaches related to your TMJ are not always responsive to medicine, and may be accompanied by tenderness or pain in the jaw. Facial pain from TMJ might include swelling on either side of the face and cheeks or jaw that feels “tired.” Jaw pain can feel like a grating of the jaw, frequent clicking or popping, or the jaw getting stuck open or closed.
Ear symptoms are one of the most common complaints for people suffering from TMJ disorder. It may include a ringing in the ears or a buzzing that will not go away. Ear issues are caused when a misalignment of the jaw results in stress that radiates up the jaw line irritating the ear canal. The ears, nose and throat are so closely connected that TMJ disorder can also result in excessive mucus production. Decongestant has little impact on congestion caused by a problem with the jaw. Pain, numbness, or tingling in your neck and shoulders and even down to your fingers and hands can all be possible symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Do you have signs of TMJ disorder?
Dr. Cabal can help you determine if TMJ disorder is interfering with your life. To schedule your consultation call our office today at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.