Different reasons cause TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and at the same time, it can lead to other health-related issues. TMJ disorder usually has accompanying symptoms resulting in pain and discomfort to people. One of them is TMJ tinnitus.
What is a TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder occurs in the temporomandibular joint, connecting the jaw and skull. When this joint becomes injured or damaged, it can lead to a TMJ disorder with painful symptoms. Therefore, you will need to properly recognize the symptoms you experience to help you find a remedy that works.
How TMJ Disorder Affects the Body
You will experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, teeth grinding, limited jaw movement, muscle soreness if there is an imbalance in your temporomandibular joint. This disorder can lead to misalignment of your jaw, and if this happens, you will feel it all over your body.
How TMJ Disorder Affects a Person’s Life
If there’s an onset of a TMJ disorder, repetitive jaw movements can worsen its symptoms and even cause soreness and headaches. Your eating habits will also be affected when you have TMJ disorder, making you struggle when you eat or causing you not to eat at all. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, weight loss, and more health problems.
What is TMJ Tinnitus, and How Do You Get It?
Are you familiar with that so-called microphone “feedback” sound? You usually hear this when you’re watching live music acts, and their microphone comes too close or in front of the speakers. It gives you that uncomfortable feeling in your head, right? Tinnitus feels like that, but it is due to an inner ear condition that produces the same bothersome sound right inside your ear.
Tinnitus feels that something is ringing or hissing on the inside of your ears. It could happen in various ways, and the sounds may also vary in volume and pitch. For example, some patients experience a whooshing wind or ringing sound, but some also hear clicking noises. Whatever it may be, it can get bothersome to those who experience them.
TMJ tinnitus occurs when your temporomandibular joint swells, which eventually affects the stability of your eardrum, causing the pain and noise associated with tinnitus.
Other Symptoms Related to TMJ Disorder
Apart from pain, tender feeling on the jaw and tinnitus, there are other symptoms of this disorder that you should watch out for. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you likely have a TMJ disorder:
Neck and shoulder pain are common for TMJ patients too. This also relates to the muscle tension due to TMJ disorder.
Popping or clicking jaw
Do you feel your jaw pop or click when you yawn or chew? Sometimes you may even feel like you need to adjust your jaw. Your joints, like your temporomandibular joint, should not make sounds when it’s in use; when you hear or feel something, it could indicate that something is wrong.
TMJ pain can cause muscle tension felt in the face.
You will find your temporomandibular joint just above the ear, so when it gets inflamed, earaches can follow, and you may also feel fullness in the ears and even dizziness.
TMJ disorder-related headaches may be erratic or chronic if your disorder progresses over time. Sometimes these headaches feel like they’re coming from behind the eyes, which can be misdiagnosed as migraine.
Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching lead to TMJ pain. If the patient’s upper and lower teeth no longer fit together correctly—it can indicate a severe temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Origin of your TMJ Disorder
When your jaw feels tender accompanied by pain, and if you think it’s not working as it used to, these could be coming from these places:
- Pain or discomfort triggered by the muscles controlling the jaw
- Displacement or dislocation of the cartilage disc
- Arthritic changes in the TMJ – this could be degenerative or inflammatory
One of these may be the cause of the problem, or it could be from a combination of these conditions. In addition, people with TMJ disorders also deal with other health-related issues such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or sleep issues.
General Care for TMJ Disorder
What to do
- Eat soft foods to lessen the strain on your jaw muscles
- Relax your jaw muscles with moist heat
- Take pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs if the pain is unbearable
- Use jaw splints or bite guards
- Explore Botox injections
- Seek upper cervical chiropractic care for TMJ tinnitus and other symptoms
What not to do
- Chew gum or consume hard-to-bite food
- Clench or tense your jaw
- Extreme jaw movements when yawning, chewing, or talking
Upper Cervical Care for TMJ Tinnitus and Other Symptoms
When you hear ringing inside your ears, it can be an indicator of a misalignment in your upper cervical spine. You can find a natural remedy for your TMJ tinnitus and other TMJ disorder symptoms by visiting an upper cervical chiropractor near you.
Your TMJ disorder may be caused by an underlying problem in your upper spine, particularly in your atlas (C1) and axis (C2). This part of your upper spine is designed for movement allowing you to turn your head in all directions. And because these vertebrae are located close to the temporomandibular joint on both sides of the head, a minor misalignment will affect the jaw movement and cause pain in the face, neck, ears, and on the jaw itself.
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