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TMJ Patient RoundTable Project: Status Update

The TMJ Association is acting as the catalyst to develop the TMJ Patient RoundTable, a broad initiative to advance the interests of patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It encompasses collaborations with all stakeholders and

Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

Study Highlights TMD Evidence and Current Practice Gaps

The TMJ Association has long championed the need for strong evidence-based demonstrations of the safety and efficacy of TMD diagnostics and treatments. Sad to say, as the following journal article indicates, even among a network of research-oriented practices, dental providers are still resorting to such TMD treatments as occlusal adjustments in which teeth are irreversibly moved, ground down, or in other ways altered, a treatment for which there is no scientific evidence of efficacy.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits.

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.


Meet the Reardons

My name is Michelle Reardon and my 22-year-old daughter Alexandra has suffered with TMJ pain, migraines and neck/back pain since she was 14 years old. Early on it started as minor discomfort, but seemed to escalate year after year.
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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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For additional TMJ patient stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.