September 1, 2016
You’re not a young person anymore, so you know you have to deal with some pain. Maybe you have a bad knee from too much basketball, or maybe you hurt your back skating many years ago. It’s tolerable. Sometimes you need to take a few pain relievers, but no one’s perfect. You deal with the pain and get on with your life.
When the pain is in your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that connect your jaw to your head, however, it can be hard to deal with. That’s because the pain can spread.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is when your jaw joints get sore, stressed, and hurt. You use your jaw all day long to talk, chew, drink, even breathe at times. That means you never have the time to let your TMJ heal up. Worse, the pain and tension can spread to your neck, shoulders, and upper back. People with TMD can also suffer from strong headaches and migraines.
To give you an idea of how serious this can be, here’s what your day can look like if you have severe TMD.
Your Morning With TMD
– You’re mostly away when the alarm finally goes off. You’ve been tossing and turning all night, catching very little actual sleep. You kept waking up with pain in your jaw and head. Hearing the alarm go off was actually a relief.
– You’re hungry, but eating usually gives you discomfort. You make some oatmeal, thinking the mushy stuff is easier on your jaw. The pain gets too much to bear about halfway through your bowl. You need a break, but you have to get to work. You swallow some pain relievers along with some coffee and head to the car.
– The kids left toys behind your car again. That’s not a big deal, but between the lost sleep and painful breakfast, your mood is bad. You kick the stuff out of the way and begin your commute. Traffic is bad today thanks to an accident up ahead. You feel tension building, and sure enough, your headache starts to turn into a migraine.
Your Day With TMD
– The morning at work drags. You have to speak to some new clients, but you hate doing that. All that moving your jaw around just gets old and painful. There are emails to reply to, but it’s hard to concentrate. The pain in your jaw and head is making you tense. You feel the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and upper back begin to hurt.
– There’s a birthday party at work, and everyone’s getting a slice of cake. You pass. It looks good, but it’s too soon to take more pain relievers. Chewing up the cake will hurt too much, and you’re already in a bad mood. You have a meeting with your supervisor in a few hours, so you eat some soft food you brought from home for lunch and try to stay productive.
– The migraine starts to get bad again a little before the meeting. You take a few more pain relievers, but they can take a while to kick in. At the meeting, your supervisor asks if everything is good because your numbers are slipping. You explain yet again about how the headaches, migraines, and jaw pain make it hard for you to concentrate. You promise to do better, but you’re starting to wonder if you even believe that.
– Rush hour isn’t as bad as normal, and your migraine seems to be subsiding. You get home and feel embarrassed about kicking those toys earlier. Still, the day is done, and you can relax.
Your Evening With TMD
– Dinner with the family is a routine, but you sort of wish it wasn’t. Everybody talking at once, coupled with the pain from chewing food, kicks your headache back up. Your family can see the pain on your face, so they try to ignore you so your temper won’t flare. That just makes it all worse. You leave half of your dinner on the plate and go to bed early.
– Despite being exhausted, you can’t sleep. Pain in your neck, shoulders, and back is hard to ignore. Rolling over to find a more comfortable position is even more painful. You look at the clock, and you’ve got many hours of this still to get through.
How Trudenta Can Help
At our Norton Shores, MI dental office, you can finally get relief from TMJ-related pain. Trudenta is a system that locates and treats your TMD issues. First, Trudenta maps out your pain using a series of tests and analyses. Then treatments options are offered depending on the results. Typical treatments include ultrasound, trigger-point therapy, a special dental laser, and more.
If you are ready to let Trudenta identify and treat your TMJ pain, call us today at 231-366-4182.