A combination of headaches and jaw pain could point to TMJ disorders

headaches and jaw painMany people suffer from headaches, but not everyone has jaw pain with those headaches. Having both headaches and jaw pain frequently could mean you are suffering from a TMJ disorder. TMJ conditions can cause excruciating pain in the jaw and the surrounding muscles.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are more than three million cases of TMJ disorders per year in the United States. The good news is that this common condition is treatable by a doctor or dentist.

Symptoms of TMJ syndrome

Symptoms include jaw pain, problems with chewing food, clicking of the jaw and locking of the jaw. Many people also experience pain in the ear, mouth and head. Although TMJ pain can go away after a few months, it can become a chronic condition in some people.

Treatments for TMJ pain

In terms of self-care, stress management and relaxation techniques can be used to treat this painful condition. A couple of ways to manage your stress include participating in an enjoyable activity and letting your frustrations out. Relaxation techniques include deep breathing, yoga, exercising and meditation.

Complementary therapies can also help ease TMJ pain, including biofeedback, stretching exercises, physical therapy and acupuncture.

Your dentist may recommend a mouth guard, a splint, bridges or dentures as some options to treat the condition and alleviate pain. These devices, with or without pain medication as prescribed by a doctor or dentist, can relieve some of the pressure.

If you experience frequent headaches and jaw pain, talk to your dentist. There may be treatment options that can help you.

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