While plenty of research has shed light on the 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 in Brazil found that TMD can increase the severity and frequency of migraine headaches.
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
- 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.
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. We help patients find relief from TMD symptoms in Pasadena, including chronic headaches. Once your condition is diagnosed, we 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. Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION.
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