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5 Signs You’re Having a TMJ Flare

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It’s easy to dismiss a little achey jaw or a tender earache. But did you know that these symptoms could be signs of a TMJ disorder flare? It’s pretty common for people to have discomfort from this area, but recognizing the signs is important. Here are 5 signs you are having a TMJ flare up…

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Want to Stop Grinding Your Teeth? Try These Exercises

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Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, affects many adults. In fact, it’s estimated that one in three adults grind their teeth. If left untreated,  bruxism can cause tooth damage, headaches and, eventually, painful disorders of your jaw’s temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. There are several ways you can alleviate the painful symptoms of bruxism — including…

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The Best Way to Keep a Headache Diary

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Many times, headache and migraine patients visit the office and have trouble describing the frequency and severity of their pain. Usually their descriptions either overestimate or underestimate what is really going on. To get a true sense of chronic or recurrent headaches, I recommend that patients keep a headache diary. The diary serves as a…

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FAQ: Why Do TMJ Disorders Affect More Women Than Men?

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I’ve spent many, many years treating patients with TMJ disorders, with the majority of them being women. And this isn’t just at Pasadena Pain Management. Millions of people worldwide suffer from TMJ pain, and more than three-quarters of them are women between the ages of 19 and 49. In fact, women are diagnosed five times…

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FAQ: How Long Does TMJ Pain Usually Last?

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Nearly all of our patients who have a TMJ disorder come in complaining of some kind of pain. But each case presents differently. While “jaw pain” may seem like the most common type of pain for TMD patients, the condition can cause a wide range of other painful symptoms, including: •    Pain in the jaw…

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Study: Exercise “As Good As Medication” in Preventing Migraines

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Researchers say a simple exercise may work as well as pain relievers — and without the harmful side effects — in preventing migraines. A growing body of research shows that 40-minutes of cardio workouts is all it takes! Fewer Headaches After Exercise Findings from a Swedish study show that migraine patients had fewer headaches after…

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Here’s What Happens When You Grind Your Teeth Too Much

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Did you know? Thirty to forty million Americans grind their teeth at night. That’s roughly 10% of the population. Every time you grind your teeth, you’re exerting as much as 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. That’s 10 times the force you exert on your teeth when you chew normally. All that pressure from…

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Researchers Say All Seniors Should Be Tested for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a very serious and potentially deadly condition. Fortunately, it is treatable. However, it’s hard to treat sleep apnea if we don’t know that a person has it. For too many people in the U.S. go undiagnosed each year. Now, a new study suggests the medical community should get serious about sleep apnea…

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Traveling With a TMJ Disorder? Here’s What You Need to Know

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With summer fast approaching, many are turning their attention to their travel schedules. Sure, it’s fun and exciting to plan for an adventure but for people with a TMJ disorder, traveling can add a whole new layer of complexity. In addition to packing and dealing with airport hassles, you also have to make sure your…

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New App Aims to Reduce the Frequency of Migraines

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Migraine tracking apps are extremely common, but no app has claimed to actually reduce the frequency of migraine episodes — until now. There’s a new smartphone-based relaxation app out with may help sufferers keep their migraines at bay. The app is called RELAXaHEAD. It works by guiding patients through progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR. In this form…

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