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Seventh Scientific Meeting of The TMJ Association

The Seventh Scientific Meeting of The TMJ Association - Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Chronic Overlapping Conditions Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bethesda, MD, September 7-9, 2014

Let’s hear it for Mindfulness Meditation!

The National Institutes of Health re-established a cross-institute Pain Consortium about a decade ago to increase pain research and promote inter-institute collaboration. The consortium holds annual symposia and invites young investigators to submit post

Is Botox Safe and Effective for TMD?

As TMJ patients search for alternative treatments to manage their pain, a doctor may have suggested the possibility of trying Botox injections directly into the chewing (masseter and temporalis) muscles to relax these muscles.

Social Security Disability Benefits and Temporomandibular Disorders

Last month we began our report on findings in OPPERA's Act Two," the second series of analyses of data from the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study, which enrolled healthy volunteers at four campus sites in C

Who Owns YOUR TMJ Implant?

Especially during this past year, it’s been brought to our attention by a number of TMJ implant patients having their implants removed that their surgeon told them the devices MUST be returned to the manufacturer. We asked the Senate Health, Educat


  • Jun 22, 2014

What Conditions May Overlap with TMD?

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular disorders, and vulvodynia.

Current research indicates that these conditions frequently coexist or 'overlap,' yet all of the disorders are poorly understood. Research on the overlap of these conditions is in its infancy, so we don't know how/why they are connected. There are many unanswered questions. Some people suffer from two conditions, while others have three or more.  In some cases, individuals suffer from one condition for many years before developing a second or third.  In other cases, individuals experience symptoms of several conditions simultaneously.

The following are health conditions that may co-exist with TMJ Disorders:

Allergies Irritable bowel syndrome
Cardiac arrhythmias Meniere's Disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome Movement disorders
Chronic headaches - migraine & tension Multiple chemical sensitivity
Dizziness Rheumatoid arthritis
Ear pain Sleep disorders or disturbances
Endometriosis Tinnitus (ear ringing)
Fibromyalgia Vestibular Disorders
Generalized pain conditions Vulvodynia
Interstitial cystitis  

Following The TMJ Association's fifth scientific meeting, view TMJ Science, Volume 5, Number 1, June 2009 (.pdf), several independent nonprofit organizations came together to form the Overlapping Conditions Alliance (OCA).

Our sixth scientific meeting further explored the overlapping conditions. View the TMJ Science, Volume 6, Number 1, November 2011.

The OCA promotes research into the underlying connection(s) between coexisting conditions.  As part of this effort, the Alliance has informational websites - and