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Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

From Functional Pains to Central Sensitivity Syndromes

The following article in Medscape refers to TMD and some of its overlapping pain conditions as functional pains and proposes to change that description. Medscape is the leading online resource for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offeri

Are TMD Patients More Pain Sensitive? Maybe. But It's Complicated

TMD patients come in many different varieties. Some experience pain and dysfunction confined only to the jaw and/or the associated chewing muscles. Other TMD patients have jaw pain plus one or more other painful conditions elsewhere in the body. Scientis

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields

Introducing our TMD Nutrition Guide

The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food. How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status - an aspect of TMD that is often

WHAT TMJ PATIENTS WANT

  • Jun 22, 2014

The TMJA conducted an online survey asking: "What do TMJ patients want?" The following is a summary of the top 20 responses we received.

  1. The medical community to understand the multi-components of TMJ
  2. To change the misconceptions of this disorder
  3. For people in the world to understand what a TMJ implant is and what handicaps it puts on your life
  4. A cure!
  5. Treatment to relieve the pain so I can open my mouth fully and enjoy all the food I used to like!
  6. For the condition to become a legitimate health issue to doctors
  7. Emotional support in a society where, not only medics and dentists, but one's own immediate relations seem deliberately blind and deaf to one's devastating physical problems
  8. Hope! Direction!
  9. Just to know others are out there that have the same problem; to hear other patients' stories and know they understand
  10. Help!
  11. Doctors who are sympathetic to the condition and offer compassionate care
  12. Research, clinical studies, standard treatments and practices dealing with TMJ and all of its causes
  13. PAIN RELIEF!
  14. Scientific and evidence based practice data
  15. To know if TMJ is the cause of other illnesses or are other illnesses the cause of TMJ
  16. Research dollars to be spent differently
  17. Medical progress
  18. To get the word out about TMJ disorders; too many doctors and dentists still have no idea that it even exists and can be a major problem
  19. To be recognized by the orthopedic community; after all the TMJ is a joint in the body
  20. The best damn science this country can give us and a lot of it!

For a more formal answer to the question of “What do TMJ patients want?” please read this informative and inspirational speech by co-founder and TMJA President, Terrie Cowley, presented to the International Consensus Workshop: Convergence on an Orofacial Pain Taxonomy in 2009. (Full Text PDF)


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