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The TMJ Association is pleased to partner with Inspire to bring you the TMJ Cafe, a free online support network and discussion community for those with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). We invite you to meet others like you, share experiences and tips for getting through the day, and give and receive support.

Sustained and Repeated Mouth Opening Leads to Development of Painful Temporomandibular Disorders Involving Macrophage/Microglia Activation in Mice

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a set of heterogeneous musculoskeletal conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and/or the masticatory muscles. Up to 33% of the population has had at least one symptom of TMD with 5-10% of them requiring treatment. Common symptoms include limited jaw movement, joint sound, and pain in the orofacial area. Once TMD becomes chronic, it can be debilitating with comorbidities that greatly reduce one's overall quality of life. However, the underlying mechanism of TMD is unclear due to the multicausative nature of the disease.

Prevalence of TMD in Sjӧgren Syndrome Patients

Sjӧgren's Syndrome seems to play a role in temporomandibular joint disorders.

Early Molecular Response and Microanatomical Changes in the Masseter Muscle and Mandibular Head After Botulinum Toxin Intervention in Adult Mice

The Botox-injected masseters had greatly increased expression of genes involved in muscle atrophy at the 1 week time point compared to the control side muscles. At the end of the study, 2 weeks after injection, the Botox-injected masseters were about 20% smaller than the control side masseters, and the Botox-side condyles had lost about 40% of relative bone area compared to the control side condyles.

Centralized Pain in TMD: Is It All in the Head?

We are pleased to introduce Sophia Stone, a new contributor to The TMJ Association, whose passion is to separate TMD fact from TMD fiction. Sophia has a background in medicine and research and can draw on her personal experience as a TMD patient.

THE VOICES OF TMJ

Jun 22, 2014

Sometimes a TMJ patient needs inspiration just to get through each day. We have received thousands of real-life stories over the years and you can read some of them right now below. We invite any folks involved in the life of a TMJ sufferer to share their story in whatever format they think best. Drop us a line, share a story on Facebook, record an audio or send a video message. The point is: If you have a story, SHOUT IT OUT!

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These are just a few of the many stories that will move you and those you know to become active in this vital movement. Repost these stories on your Facebook page. Tweet about them. Let everyone know there is something THEY CAN DO to help. Above all, give generously to the effort to eliminate TMJ disorders.

We only present a few stories here. For more stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.  Above all, give generously to support the mission of The TMJ Association.


Kolia

I am 36 years old and have been living with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2008.   My TMD diagnosis was made in 2006. I have been to numerous dental and maxillofacial professionals over the years.
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Meet the Reardons

My name is Michelle Reardon and my 22-year-old daughter Alexandra has suffered with TMJ pain, migraines and neck/back pain since she was 14 years old. Early on it started as minor discomfort, but seemed to escalate year after year.
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Jennifer

It all started with extensive orthodontic work in my early teens--fast forward 20 years and it has consumed my entire life. Last October, I had to have a failed root canal pulled and nothing would ever be the same for me.
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Lori

Hi, my name is Lori and I am 55 years old. I've suffered from implant failures since the Vitek implant in the '80s. Since that time, I have gone through five complete implant reconstructions and at least 25 minor surgeries to replace sc
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Carolyn

Hello, my name is Carolyn and I am 59 years old. I found out that I had TMJ when I was 23 years old. I could no longer close my mouth to bite and chew food. I was in a car accident when I was 18 and was told I probably had whiplash.
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Amy

While it is difficult to pinpoint, I can generally say that my journey with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) started after my pregnancy when I was 20. I was already dealing with chronic back pain and a few other "injuries" that seemed to never
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Ashley

Hi, my name is Ashley. I am 24 years old turning 25 in February. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have been known to excel and do what my heart desires. I was about 9 years young when all of a sudden I opened my mouth and heard a slightly loud po
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Diane

I am 53 years old and have had five jaw surgeries. In the first surgery my lower jaw was lengthened. The second surgery bone spurs were removed and the discs were pulled back into place.
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Daniel's Self Help Tips

Hello,my name is Daniel.I have had a TMJ issue for the past three years.  I have been diagnosed and treated by over seven different doctors ranging from family doctors, multiple dentists to oral facial pain specialists and surgeons.
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Marianne

I made the picture to illustrate for my friends and family how painful it is because it does not show on the outside how it feels inside. And it feels good to know that so many people recognize themselves in my picture because for years I was told it was just anxiety and all in my head.
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For additional TMJ patient stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.