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And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments: “AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The

What Allen Told the Committee

Allen Cowley addressed the second open-to-the-public meeting of the National Institute of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) held on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. No stranger to the world of TMD, Dr. Cowley is the hus

Some Thoughts on Depression

It is hardly surprising that the chronic pain and limitations in function that many long-time TMJ patients experience can be accompanied by a state of depression, a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness.

Upcoming NAM Public Webinars on TMD

The National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment is hosting two public web conferences on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 31.   Webinar 1: Pati

The NAM Committee Heard from Patients, Too

At the March 28, 2019 public meeting NAM committee members had a chance to hear from TMD patients who had submitted testimony for the record.

John: The Importance of Education

  • May 13, 2015

John is a former Professor of Finance at American University in Washington D.C. He is married and has three children. The unpredictable nature of his TMJ symptoms put a strain on his family. In the Fall of 2001, John began to seek relief from TMJ pain–ultimately spending well over $10,000 on treatments that were ineffective.

Finally, in January 2005, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection that caused TMJ issues. The antibiotic protocols which were prescribed to treat the Lyme disease alleviated John’s TMJ problems. As a result of his experience with a systemic illness, John has become a strong advocate for medical research.

John Benjamin wrote: “In my quest for answers, I have gained great insight into the lack of science underlying TMJ treatments as well as the lack of understanding of these conditions. Interdisciplinary research is desperately needed to understand what today we call “TMJ.” I regret that I endured years of suffering, needless dental treatments, and spent thousands of dollars only to learn that I had a systemic underlying illness that caused my TMJ problems. If it had not been for The TMJ Association, I would have had TMJ surgery—a surgery I didn’t need, that would not have addressed the causes of the jaw pain, and which could have caused me more harm.

The TMJ Association is the leading resource for information on TMJ diseases and disorders. Through our publications, educational meetings, and patient support network, the Association reaches out to people, such as John, and provides them guidance in making their health care decisions. The needs and concerns of TMJ patients shape the Association’s daily activities and mission.

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