As an orofacial pain specialist in New York City and Long Island, patients come to me because they suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ. Most often their symptoms are a result of their stressful lives. During the pandemic, most people have been living with an unusually high level of stress. Poor sleep and limited exercise is one reason. Also involved are continually … [Read more...] about How To Self-Treat Jaw and Face Pain During Stressful Times
TMJ /Facial Pain Symptoms & Eating Disorders – The Connection As a TMJ doctor, every year I see a number of patients who are suffering from an extraordinarily high level of face and jaw pain. At first glance, the level of suffering they report is much greater than what I commonly see. One such group are people with a history of one particular eating disorder - bulimia … [Read more...] about Facial Pain – Is It Bruxism or Is It Bulimia?
A lot of times people deal with aches and pains by simply ignoring them, or taking an over the counter pain medication in the morning before heading out to work. In many cases, aches and pains are the unfortunate byproducts of getting older or working hard. Some patients approach TMJ problem in a similar fashion. They'll take a couple of Advil or Aleve, massage their jaw … [Read more...] about Chronic Facial Pain More Debilitating Than Back Pain
Recently I had the opportunity to present a lecture that touched upon the challenging problems that face us when tooth pain lingers after one or multiple interventions. Amongst the many diagnostic possibilities that were discussed, one particular theme stood out. The majority of pain problems that pass through dental offices are due to tissue injury associated with the … [Read more...] about Lecture Recap: Toothaches That Don’t Go Away
As a specialist in orofacial pain and TMJ for over 30 years, it's my conclusion that the impact of Lyme Disease on the peripheral and central nervous systems can produce nerve and muscle pain that mimics the symptoms of TMJ. But can Lyme Disease cause TMJ? Starting in the early 90’s many patients have visited my office exhibiting the symptoms of TMJ - jaw pain, limited jaw … [Read more...] about Can Lyme Disease Cause TMJ? – 3 Case Studies