TMJ headaches are often being misdiagnosed

by Jacqueline H
(Texas)

Do you know that TMJ problems can actually cause frequent headaches? Well, at least it happened to me some years back, and I hope to share this experience with you.


I used to be part of the netball team and there was once I fell and injured my jaw. I thought it was nothing serious because the pain went away by itself the following day and the doctor said that I was fine.

The real nightmare started a week later when I started to experience TMJ headaches constantly every morning. I thought they were typical migraines and will go away by themselves.

However, the pain got worse each day and became very disrupting to my work. My doctor said that it could be due to my work stress and all. The problem did not go away for months and I became very desperate.

I only managed to identify the problem during one of my routine visits to the dentist. I casually talked to her about my sports injury and the headaches. She then suspected that my headaches could be due to my jaw injury and advised me to go for a xray. True enough, there was a tendon injury near to base of my skull even though no pain was felt.

I decided to opt for a minor surgical procedure to fix the problem and boy - that was the best decision I've made! The TMJ headaches seem to go away almost immediately!

So, if you are having constant headaches after a head or jaw injury, I would recommened that you visit a dentist for an initial consultation first. Sometimes a family doctor might not be familiar with dental related injuries and your headaches might not be diagnosed correctly.

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