TMJ Support Group

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ syndrome, is an acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment.

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Kinnie-Funt Visual Index for TMJD

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While many of these symptoms have been connected with TMJ Dysfunction, there is no true "classic" picture of a person that suffers from TMJ Dysfunction. Me personally have some other symptoms I could add, but heres a list compiled anyways

Eye Pain and Eye Problems:
- eye pain above, below, behind
- bloodshot eyes
- blurring of vision
- bulging appearance
- pressure behind the eyes
- light sensitivity
- watering of the eyes
- drooping of the eye lid

Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain:
- forehead pain
- temporal pain
- "migraine" type headache
- "cluster-type" headache
- sinus headache under the eyes
- posterior headaches, back of head, with or without shooting pains
- hair and/or scalp painful to touch

Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems:
- discomfort or pain to any of these areas
- limited opening
- inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly
- jaw deviates to one side when opening
- inability to "find bite" with teeth

Teeth and Gum Problems:
- clenching or grinding at night
- looseness and or soreness of back teeth
- tooth pain

Jaw and Jaw Joint Problems:
- clicking, popping jaw joints
- grating sounds
- jaw locking opened or closed
- pain in cheek muscles
- uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements

Ear Pain, Ear Problems, and Postural Imbalances:
- hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds
- diminished hearing
- ear pain - without infection
- clogged, stuffy, "itchy" ears, feeling of fullness
- balance problems, "vertigo", dizziness, or disequilibrium

Throat Problems:
- swallowing difficulties
- tightness of throat
- sore throat without infection
- voice fluctuations
- laryngitis
- frequent coughing or constant clearing of throat
- feeling of foreign object in throat
- tongue pain
- salivation (intense)
- pain of the hard palate in the mouth

Neck and Shoulder Problems:
- lack of mobility - reduced range of movement
- stiffness
- neck pain
- tired, sore neck muscles
- shoulder aches
- back pain upper and lower
- arm and finger tingling, numbness and or pain

This list is available everywhere if you GOOGLE it. I personally take this list with me everywhere, to EDUCATE doctors, dentists, specialists etc. To show them the myriad of issues this disorder has.

Its gives you a back-up.



This would be a very good topic to be 'stickied'...
But I wouldnt have a clue how to do that.

Wow- excellent list of symptoms!

cannot believe i had cervical decompression and fusion surgery on my spine, (which failed to relieve ANY symptoms) when almost all of my pain problems can be attributed to this TMJ disorder. I knew the problems in my jaw and ears were definitely TMJ, but not the others. i have been told the other symptoms are many wide range of things from fibro to MFPS, to the disc problem in my neck. also was told it was thoracic outlet syndrome. thank you for printing this complete list. take care! :)

I am going to bump this list up!!!!!

Wow. That really explains a lot of my issues. It's so strange that it can cause all these things.