Patients who have been told they have fibromyalgia by their doctors may also suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) pain. In fact, the likelihood is pretty high; according to a National Institute of Health research study, there is a high correlation between having fibromyalgia and TMJ (although the opposite is not as high.)
Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic condition affecting more than three million people in the United States every year. Sufferers often have symptoms that include extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, problems sleeping and more.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may have been told that you will simply need to find ways to manage the pain for the rest of your life. For some patients, TMJ treatments offered through neuromuscular dentistry may provide much-needed relief from their symptoms.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and TMJ Pain
Fibromyalgia pain is often experienced as deep pain near the joints in the body, including migraine-like headaches, stiffness, dizziness, ear pain and more. Unfortunately, migraine medication usually has no effect on the pain. When TMJ is the culprit, it means your jaw is misaligned.
TMJ patients can also experience pain in their necks and backs, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), clicking or popping when the jaw is opened or closed, and jaw pain.
How Neuromuscular Dentistry Can Help
When you choose a neuromuscular dentist to treat the fibromyalgia pain in your jaw, head and neck, you’ll be working with a professional who has been trained to handle, treat and ideally eliminate your fibromyalgia and TMJ pain. While there are no guaranteed results, many patients have experienced a significant reduction of their pain. Others have seen their fibromyalgia and TMJ pain disappear after treatment.
If you work with a neuromuscular dentist, he or she will need to examine your teeth, learn about your medical history including your fibromyalgia diagnosis, take X-rays and find out what you have been doing to try to manage pain on your own, before visiting the dentist. By finding out what you’ve tried, what’s worked, and what hasn’t worked, your dentist will be able to zero in on ways to help get you the relief you need. While your specific treatment plan will be based on your symptoms and situation, in most cases, treatment takes two distinct phases.
In the first phase, the goal is to get you relief from your headaches, vertigo, muscle pains and other fibromyalgia symptoms. When your pain is being managed, your dentist will work with you to determine how to get you long-term relief.
Schedule Your Appointment With Shallowford Dental Today
Every patient’s pain is different, and treating TMJ does not always provide complete relief from fibromyalgia pain. However, many patients who have undergone TMJ treatments report relief from the headaches, jaw pain, neck and back pain, dizziness and other symptoms that come with fibromyalgia.
To learn more and to discover whether TMJ treatments may offer you some relief, contact Shallowford Dental in Marietta, GA today at (770) 578-1331, or contact us online.