Do you suffer from the chronic muscle and nerve pain of fibromyalgia? Do you also deal with chronic jaw pain? You may have a special type of fibromyalgia called muscular temporomandibular joint disorder.
Muscular TMD differs from Joint TMD because it attacks the muscles and nerve tissues involved in chewing and those of the scalp, shoulders, and neck. However, joint TMD affects the ligaments and bone around the joint. Because of the difference in anatomy affected, joint TMD symptoms are not often diagnosed with the onset of fibromyalgia, but it is possible to have both at the same time. Muscular TMD is thought to develop in those with fibromyalgia because the jaw is a trigger point for nerve pain.
Treatments for muscular TMD include prescribed muscle relaxers, ice, heat, massage, any over-the-counter medications for pain, physical therapy and oral appliances. Dentists may ask you to change habits like pen and ice chewing. You can also try this exercise to relax the muscle in your face and neck: Start by inhaling slowly, scrunching up your face into a crinkled frown. Tense all the muscle in your neck and shoulders as well. Then, using your diaphragm, push all the air out of your lungs. As you do so, completely relax your face, neck, and shoulders. Rep. 3x
If you experience severe jaw pain and suspect it might be due to this special form of fibromyalgia, call Dr. Fondriest at (847) 234-0517. Dr. James Fondriest is experienced in restorative dentistry and can assist you in finding an effective treatment to manage your pain. You can visit his website for more about his treatment philosophy and services. Your journey to pain free living starts with Dr. Fondriest.