While plenty of research has suggested there is a link between temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) disorder (TMD) and chronic headaches, a new study sheds light on how they may be connected. Researchers from the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine in Brazil found that TMD can increase the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Dr. Ivan Stein of Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey unpacks the study’s findings in this blog post.
What the Study Found
For the study, researchers looked at 84 women, all in their early 30s. Twenty-one women had chronic migraines (migraines that occur on 15 or more days per month), 32 patients had episodic migraines (migraines that occur less than 15 days per month) and 32 had no history of migraines. The study found that TMD symptoms were observed in 54 percent of participants with no history of migraines, 80 percent of participants with episodic migraines, and 100 percent of participants with chronic migraines.
In addition, participants with chronic migraines were three times more likely to report more severe TMD symptoms than individuals with episodic migraines. Researchers of the study believe that repetition of migraine attacks may increase sensitivity to pain, like that associated with TMD.
Diagnosing and Treating Headaches and Other TMD-Related Symptoms
With more research highlighting the debilitating effects of TMD, proper diagnosis and treatment is more important than ever. Dr. Stein has over 20 years of experience helping patients find relief from TMD symptoms in West Orange, New Jersey, including chronic headaches. He is an expert in neuromuscular conditions and is skilled in using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and methods to determine the severity and root of the problem. Once your condition is diagnosed, Dr. Stein and his trusted team can design a treatment plan that best addresses your needs.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or other common TMD symptoms such as chronic jaw pain, earaches, toothaches, difficult chewing or opening your mouth widely, it is time to seek help. To discuss your treatment options with Dr. Stein, please schedule a consultation. Call Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey at (855+) TMJ-DOCS or (855) 865-3627 today.