We have all been going through a lot during the pandemic with so many people trying to cope with the added stress they are facing. As we all continue to grapple with everything that is going on, it remains important that we all take care of ourselves as much as we can. And that includes treating your temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Here is what we know.
Jaw pain is not a symptom of COVID-19
When it comes to COVID-19, there are many symptoms that are often changing and typically fall into the flu-like illnesses. This often includes body aches and pains. But, unlike the flu, COVID-19 lingers for longer than a couple days.
However, jaw pain can be an ongoing symptom caused if you develop a cough from COVID-19. This is because of the repeated muscle actions and jolts of your jaw joint. But that discomfort may disappear with time and resolve once your cough is gone.
Stress may worsen jaw pain
One thing COVID-19 can cause is stress, which, in turn, can further exacerbate your jaw pain or TMD symptoms. We are all experiencing high levels of stress across the country, whether it is from fear of exposure, losing your job or having to juggle home life with work life.
When increased stress occurs, you might find that you are clenching or grinding your teeth as a response. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a behavior that stresses the jaw joints and muscles. In turn, this can trigger TMJ pain and other painful symptoms.
That is why it is important to seek treatment for TMD or jaw pain while also finding ways to reduce your stress. Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more.