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|
|Ear pain||Sleep disorders or disturbances|
|Endometriosis||Tinnitus (ear ringing)|
|Generalized pain conditions||Vulvodynia|
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 - www.ChronicPainResearchAlliance.org and www.EndWomensPain.org.