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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

THE VOICES OF TMJ

Jun 22, 2014

Sometimes a TMJ patient needs inspiration just to get through each day. We have received thousands of real-life stories over the years and you can read some of them right now below. We invite any folks involved in the life of a TMJ sufferer to share their story in whatever format they think best. Drop us a line, share a story on Facebook, record an audio or send a video message. The point is: If you have a story, SHOUT IT OUT!

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These are just a few of the many stories that will move you and those you know to become active in this vital movement. Repost these stories on your Facebook page. Tweet about them. Let everyone know there is something THEY CAN DO to help. Above all, give generously to the effort to eliminate TMJ disorders.

We only present a few stories here. For more stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.  Above all, give generously to support the mission of The TMJ Association.


Jennifer

It all started with extensive orthodontic work in my early teens--fast forward 20 years and it has consumed my entire life. Last October, I had to have a failed root canal pulled and nothing would ever be the same for me.
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Lori

Hi, my name is Lori and I am 55 years old. I've suffered from implant failures since the Vitek implant in the '80s. Since that time, I have gone through five complete implant reconstructions and at least 25 minor surgeries to replace sc
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Carolyn

Hello, my name is Carolyn and I am 59 years old. I found out that I had TMJ when I was 23 years old. I could no longer close my mouth to bite and chew food. I was in a car accident when I was 18 and was told I probably had whiplash.
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Amy

While it is difficult to pinpoint, I can generally say that my journey with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) started after my pregnancy when I was 20. I was already dealing with chronic back pain and a few other "injuries" that seemed to never
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Ashley

Hi, my name is Ashley. I am 24 years old turning 25 in February. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have been known to excel and do what my heart desires. I was about 9 years young when all of a sudden I opened my mouth and heard a slightly loud po
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Diane

I am 53 years old and have had five jaw surgeries. In the first surgery my lower jaw was lengthened. The second surgery bone spurs were removed and the discs were pulled back into place.
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Daniel's Self Help Tips

Hello,my name is Daniel.I have had a TMJ issue for the past three years.  I have been diagnosed and treated by over seven different doctors ranging from family doctors, multiple dentists to oral facial pain specialists and surgeons.
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Marianne

I made the picture to illustrate for my friends and family how painful it is because it does not show on the outside how it feels inside. And it feels good to know that so many people recognize themselves in my picture because for years I was told it was just anxiety and all in my head.
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Ann's Story

This week has been a pretty painful week and whenever I have bad days I usually end up here so that I can read other people's stories. It doesn't really help the pain, but it helps me stop feeling so sorry for myself for a while when I read the stories of people whose suffering far surpasses mine.
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Teshania's Story

My name is Teshania, and I would like to share my TMJ story. Back in May 2012, I felt like I had an ear infection but also severe pain in my jaw. The pain was so bad that I could not close my mouth completely.
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For additional TMJ patient stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.