It seems that the end of the year is always a busy time where we might experience an increase in stress as we prepare for the holidays. But it is also a time to raise awareness. November is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) awareness month, which means we are taking this time to reflect on TMJ pain and disorders. Here is what you need to know about TMJ pain and how to find relief from your discomfort.
What is TMD?
TMJ disorders (TMD) are often very difficult to diagnose because they can mirror a variety of conditions. This is a reason why pain can go undiagnosed for longer than is necessary. Healthcare professionals are often hesitant to diagnose TMD because they are unsure of the causes and exact symptoms, as well as the surrounding muscles that can be impacted.
Some of the symptoms associated with TMD can be characteristic of a number of other conditions, making diagnosis very difficult. Symptoms that can mimic the characteristics of TMD might include the following:
- Sinus infection.
- Ear infection.
- Facial neuralgias.
- Myofascial pain.
If pain in the jaw area is being experienced, tests will often be recommended to rule out or confirm the presence of any conditions, including TMD.
Spread awareness everyday
While November is TMJ awareness month, let’s make sure not to lose sight of this during other months. We need to continue to spread awareness for TMD and pain associated with TMJ. Make sure to pay attention to your symptoms and seek help as needed.
Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on TMD and what to look out for. There is no reason you should be suffering from this ongoing pain. We can help.