Temporomandibular joint disorder plagues countless Americans, who must endure debilitating symptoms, such as tinnitus, pain and difficulty chewing. Many TMD sufferers also experience migraines that may or may not be connected to the condition. Recently, a group of Brazilian researchers sought to assess the correlation between TMD and migraine headaches, and their results seem to suggest that a strong relationship exists.

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A Noticeable Link

For years, health care providers have recognized that temporomandibular joint disorder can cause painful headaches that resemble migraines. Now, it looks like TMD may actually cause migraines, at least in female sufferers. A recent Brazilian study looked at 61 women to see whether TMD might be causing their chronic migraine headaches. According to researchers, of the group, 31 suffered from chronic migraines, while 30 did not. After evaluating each subject for 90 days, the researchers concluded that women with migraines have a greater chance of suffering from TMD, indicating that their may be a clinical association between the two disorders.

Getting Relief

Migraines may occur for many different reasons; however, some people owe their headaches to temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is a frustrating problem that can cause a host of vague symptoms. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for patients to understand the source of their problems. Most often, TMD is owed to a misaligned bite. By correcting this problem, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins are able to provide permanent TMD relief; so patients can enjoy life, without having to endure chronic symptoms that make it difficult to fulfill daily responsibilities and maintain a positive outlook. Years ago, people were forced to live with TMD; however, modern advances now allow sufferers to find relief that lets them escape the misery associated with this painful condition. That said, relief won’t come unless patients reach out for help. If you’re tired of coping with your TMD symptoms, call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at (509) 532-1111 in Spokane today.