People who suffer from TMJ are well aware of the many unpleasant physical issues that come as a result of its onset or recurrence. Even the simplest of tasks such as eating can become excruciatingly painful. Talking and laughing can be unbearable due to the vibration it creates in the mouth.
Even taking a sip of water can be torturous. But what a lot of people don't realize are the many other symptoms that TMJ can bring about, some of which many patients have never even considered. Here are just a few:
Back, Shoulder, or Neck Pain
While it's obvious that TMJ can cause serious physical pain and discomfort, most folks think it is confined to the mouth, jaw, and sinus area. However, that is really not the case at all. As with any type of pain or discomfort, people will try to compensate by repositioning themselves in an attempt to take pressure off of the affected area. This leads to moving the head around to unnatural positions. The result is oftentimes new pain or discomfort in the upper torso area, as well as headaches.
Emotional Health Issues
Another thing that surprises TMJ sufferers is the fact that serious emotional problems can occur as a result of a prolonged bout with their condition. Many people who struggle with TMJ notice that it is at its worst during stressful times and can actually contribute to the anxiety that they may or may not already be feeling. Depression is another problem that can arise, as the inability or lack of desire to socialize can lead to isolation and loneliness.
No matter what other symptoms can come from having TMJ, the baseline issues and concerns it causes are enough. If you need help managing your condition, then all you need to do is get in touch with our staff as soon as you can. We are more than ready to help.