Overlapping Condition of the Week: TMJ
Does your jaw hurt and sometimes pop? Is it painful for you to open your mouth? You could have TMJ disorder, a condition that commonly overlaps with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS).
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your jaw to your head. It can cause a little discomfort or a lot of pain - and because of our heightend sensitivity to pain, you can imagine that it's usually pretty painful for those of us with FMS or ME/CFS.
TMJ is generally diagnosed and treated by dentists, so if you think you have it, that's who you should make an appointment with. You should also ask your regular doctor about other causes of face and jaw pain.
Learn more about TMJ, including its symptoms, how it's diagnosed, and what treatment options are available:
- Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & TMJ
Other Overlapping Conditions:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder Pain)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
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