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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Long-standing history of chronic daily headaches? SINUS HEADACHE MAY BE A TMJ DISORDER!

The article "emporomandibular dysfunction: an often overlooked cause of chronic headaches" published in Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007 Oct;99(4):314-8 recommends evaluating patients with chronic daily headaches for TMJ disorders. This interesting article looks at 25 years of Pub Med searches of the keywords " temporomandibular dysfunction, temporomandibular disorder, temporomandibular joint, and chronic headache". The article concludes "The disorder should be suspected in individuals with a long-standing history of chronic daily headaches and facial pain without objective evidence of sinus, neurologic, or intracranial abnormalities."

The article is directed to ENT and allergy physicians and notes "Allergists and immunologists are frequently called on to evaluate patients with chronic headaches and facial pain. TMD is known to cause recurrent facial discomfort and headaches. Many individuals with the disorder present with headache or facial discomfort as their only chief complaint. They mistakenly think it is a "sinus" headache. Nearly 10 million Americans are affected by the disorder, and early studies estimate that TMD pain is the cause of chronic headaches in 14% to 26% of individuals with recurrent headaches"

NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY CAN DIAGNOSE AND TREAT CHRONIC DAILY HEADACHES BY UTILIZING A DIAGNOSTIC NEUROMUSCULAR ORTHOTIC. A DIAGNOSTIC ORTHOTIC , WHEN SUCCESSFUL IN ELIMINATING PAIN NOT ONLY IS THE FIRST STEP OF TREATING OR CURING THE DISORDER BUT ALSO GUIDES THE PRACTITIONER IN THE BEST MEANS OF TREATMENT.

ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE "As such, many patients with the disorder are routinely mislabeled as experiencing chronic sinusitis and are unnecessarily subjected to multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics and other unnecessary therapy"

This is not uncommon. TMJ or TMD is frequently called "THE GREAT IMPOSTER" because patients are frequently given multiple courses of antibiotics to treat non-existent infections, given migraine medications for headaches that are myofascial in orgin or subjected to multiple CAT scans and MRI's that are essentially normal. Please see the Sleep and Health Article "SUFFER NO MORE: DEALING WITH THE GREAT IMPOSTER" to leatn more about how neuromuscular dentistry can help eliminate, prevent or alleviate migraines, tension-type headaches, chronic daily headaches, facial pain or sinus pain and/or pressure. These are all frequently symptoms of TMJ disorders.

Additional information on Neuromuscular Dentistry can be found in "Neuromuscular Dentistry" an article originally published by the American Equilibration Society that has been republished in Sleep and Health Journal @ http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry

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PubMed abstract below
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007 Oct;99(4):314-8.
Temporomandibular dysfunction: an often overlooked cause of chronic headaches.
Lupoli TA, Lockey RF.

Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida, University of South Florida College of Medicine, James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA. tlupoli@hsc.usf.edu
OBJECTIVE: To review and discuss the role of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) as a cause of chronic headaches and facial pain. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: A literature review was performed using the PubMed database for English-language articles published between January 1, 1981, and August 31, 2006, using the following keywords: temporomandibular dysfunction, temporomandibular disorder, temporomandibular joint, and chronic headache. Additional information was obtained from a review of current medical texts. RESULTS:. CONCLUSIONS: TMD is a likely underdiagnosed cause of chronic headache and facial discomfort. As such, many patients with the disorder are routinely mislabeled as experiencing chronic sinusitis and are unnecessarily subjected to multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics and other unnecessary therapy. TMD can be readily diagnosed by a careful history and physical examination. Patients typically respond well to conservative therapy, which includes behavioral modification and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The disorder should be suspected in individuals with a long-standing history of chronic daily headaches and facial pain without objective evidence of sinus, neurologic, or intracranial abnormalities.

PMID: 17941277 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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