A lot of times people deal with aches and pains by simply ignoring it, or taking an aspirin in the morning before heading out to work. In many cases aches and pains are the unfortunate byproducts of getting older or working hard. For some patients, they look at having a TMJ problem in a similar fashion. They’ll take a couple aspirin, massage their jaw muscles or maybe switch to soup for a day, and then try to ignore it. But did you know that TMJ disorders can be among the most debilitating forms of pain people can suffer?
According to a recent study by University College in London, orofacial pain is any type of pain that occurs in the region of the face, including the mouth, jaw (TMJ), nose, ears, eyes, neck, and head are considered more debilitating to its sufferers than those suffering with chronic back pain or headaches. When compared, those who suffered from facial pain reported higher levels of disability and limitation than those who suffered from backaches or headaches by a margin of more than 19%.
Dr. Leeson, a member of the pain study, said. “These initial results suggest that chronic orofacial pain can have a significant impact on patient’s lives, affecting their normal daily activities, ability to work and causing marked disability.”
Though creating high levels of suffering, help is available for these problems. Rather than suffer through the pain and jeopardize your ability to perform at your job, or to have a fulfilling life, consulting with an orofacial pain specialist is the first step in getting relief. It is not uncommon for patients who have been suffering for months or even years to find considerable relief from the nonsurgical therapies that are commonly employed. If, however, care is not provided, these problems can become rather complex and challenging to manage.
Dr. Donald Tanenbaum is a specialist with offices in New York City and Long Island, NY. He is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat facial pain associated with jaw problems, TMJ, referred pain, nerve pain, and migraines. Find out more at www.tanenbaumtmj.com