Patients with fibromyalgia often face not only the challenges of the condition itself but also the burden of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) pain. Recent research reveals a strong correlation between fibromyalgia and TMJ, making it a common coexisting condition for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia affects over three million people annually in the United States and is characterized by chronic symptoms such as extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and sleep disturbances. Migraine-like headaches, stiffness, dizziness, and ear pain are also commonly experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers. While conventional migraine medication often proves ineffective in relieving the pain, there is hope in the realm of neuromuscular dentistry.
TMJ, as a possible cause of the pain, indicates a misalignment of the jaw. Patients with TMJ may encounter neck and back pain, tinnitus, clicking or popping of the jaw, and localized jaw pain.
Decatur’s Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, led by the compassionate and well-informed Dr. Gary Simms, offers specialized neuromuscular dental treatments tailored to address fibromyalgia and TMJ pain. These treatments have shown promise in providing relief and, in some cases, eliminating symptoms altogether.
Upon visiting the dental practice, patients undergo a comprehensive examination, including an assessment of their dental health, medical history (with a focus on fibromyalgia diagnosis), and X-rays. Understanding the patient’s pain management efforts is crucial for devising a personalized treatment plan.
The treatment process typically comprises two phases. In the initial phase, the primary goal is to alleviate headaches, vertigo, muscle pains, and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Once pain management is achieved, the focus shifts to ensuring long-term relief.
While results may vary for each patient, many individuals who have received TMJ treatments have reported remarkable improvements, experiencing relief from headaches, jaw pain, neck and back discomfort, dizziness, and other related fibromyalgia symptoms.
At Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, the team of experts believes that personalized care and attention can make a substantial difference in patients’ lives. While complete relief from fibromyalgia pain cannot always be guaranteed, the potential benefits of TMJ treatments for managing and reducing symptoms offer hope to those seeking relief.
If you or a loved one are living with fibromyalgia and are interested in exploring the possibilities of TMJ treatments, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. Dr. Gary Simms and his team are here to listen, understand, and offer comprehensive solutions tailored to your unique needs.