Over 10 million people in the US suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). This disorder causes severe jaw pain and aches and is more common if you suffer from fibromyalgia.
TMJ in fibromyalgia patients may lead to increased sensitivity to the pain. When you suffer from both conditions, you may find it incredibly difficult to make it through the day. However, there are treatment options available.
What Is Temporomandibular joint disorder?
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a disorder that tends to cause pain and tenderness in the jaw area. It affects the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. When you open your mouth, the muscles and ligaments around these joints become painful.
Doctors do not know the exact cause of TMJ. However, they tend to agree that it is often the result of trauma to the jaw, such as an accident or injury. It may also be the result of stress, anxiety, or even rheumatoid arthritis. While the cause is unknown, doctors know that the occurrence of TMJ in fibromyalgia patients is greater compared to those who do not suffer from fibromyalgia.