A fellow TMJ patient recently contacted us inquiring about a possible relationship between TMJ disorders and seizures. Here is what she wrote:
I have also had right temporomandibular joint dysfunction since the age of ten caused by dentistry. After this I started right temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of ten.
Through the years I have noticed a link between this and my number of seizures. When, due to rigorous exercise, I had no pain and good flexibility for six months, that was also the only period of time since my epilepsy started that I stopped having seizures. I have recently had a temporomandibular joint procedure and the swelling has encouraged more seizures. I can locate the problem to a point at the back of my neck, that if manipulated causes auras and seizures.
I would be grateful for any information. Many thanks. Arianna
Over the years the TMJA has heard from TMJ patients who also suffer seizures. We would love to hear from you and we're sure Arianna would also; we can connect you two.