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Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Cervical Muscle Tenderness in Temporomandibular Disorders and Its Associations with Diagnosis, Disease-Related Outcomes, and Comorbid Pain Conditions

To analyze cervical tenderness scores (CTS) in patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and in controls and to examine associations of CTS with demographic and clinical parameters.

You, Your Esophagus and TMD

The esophagus is a roughly ten-inch hollow tube that descends from your throat through the diaphragm into the stomach. Normally, it is a one-way street transporting food you swallow to the stomach for digestion. But in GERD— Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease— the flow can reverse so that stomach contents (including gastric acids) are regurgitated upwards to cause a burning sensation (heartburn), nausea, pain and other distressing symptoms.

It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

Kate's Day

  • May 13, 2015

Kate was in her early 40s when she was diagnosed with TMD. She had a history of head injuries as a child and knew that she also ground her teeth at night. About the same time her TMD was diagnosed a neurologist diagnosed fibromyalgia. Over the past decade she has a variety of treatments including physical therapy, massage and drugs to treat fibromyalgia.

My typical day as a TMD sufferer usually starts with a healthy breakfast. I feel that so much is wrong with my body physically that I can’t control, that I should eat healthy and control what I can. I try to exercise by taking two mile walks or doing pool aerobics. It helps the fibromyalgia. When it’s cold out, I walk the track inside the health club and use their heated pool. I try not to make excuses not to go.

My favorite part of the day is watering my garden with my dogs trailing behind me. It’s so peaceful and comforting. I forget about what is wrong with me and am grateful that I can do what I can. I do housecleaning over several days and my husband also helps with tasks I can’t physically do. I sew and do crafts for an hour at a time or stop when I feel pain. I’ve learned not to hurry projects.

I forget about my troubles also by volunteering for others. I figure someone is always having a worse day than I am. I volunteer locally for the Red Cross by being a liaison for the local Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters and being on the local Red Cross’s Disaster Action Team.

I helped start a non-profit for the local emergency responders. The non-profit responds 24/7 to help responders on the scene by providing rehab and food services. I’ve been inspired by all the time spent on helping others to help myself and go back to school at the age of 53 to be an ultrasound tech. I’m excited by the challenge. I’ve told myself that my physical limitations are not going to stop me.

I refuse to feel sorry for myself and am blessed that I can do what I can. One blessing is my wonderful husband. My other favorite time is when he walks in the door after work. I think the best coping skills are to surround yourself with your favorite people and find something you love to do with the abilities that you DO have.

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