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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...

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Temporomandibular Disorders and Sexual Intimacy

A recent posting on the TMJA website included the following request: "I wonder if you could include something in a future newsletter about...


Jun 27, 2013

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).

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

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