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TMJ v/s Migraine 🙇

Jun 25, 2015 5:25 PM

I had to take my TMJ splint out after lunch. I noticed pain in my jaw, teeth, and ear. About 5 minutes later I noticed I also had a headache, the starting of a migraine. It's now been 6 hours and the TMJ related pain in my teeth are thronging. I also have the trigeminal neuralgia tingling on the left side of my head, from the ear to the nose, and the lower lip to above the left eye. It's a definite migraine starting from the original headache. At this point I don't know if the TMJ & teeth pain is worse than the migraines of vice versa! 🙏🌼

Jun 25, 2015 8:03 PM

I seem to also have TMJ pain during/starting a migraine. Often it happens regardless of my mouthpiece and upon waking up with the worst pain.

Jun 25, 2015 8:03 PM

I seem to also have TMJ pain during/starting a migraine. Often it happens regardless of my mouthpiece and upon waking up with the worst pain.

Jun 25, 2015 9:54 PM

MiriP, do you notice if your TMJ of splint triggers your headaches, of if the headaches trigger the TMJ? This isn't the first time I've had both together, and I'm wondering if they're connected. 🙏🌼

Jun 26, 2015 11:54 AM

The mouthpiece/splint is only to keep you from destroying your teeth. It doesn't stop you from clenching/grinding and it doesn't stop the resulting pain.

Jun 26, 2015 12:26 PM

Well I'd say that's a logical possibility, except when I'm awake I keep my tongue between the front of my teeth so I can't clench & grind them. I've been doing that for over a year. I only allow my teeth to touch when I'm eating. I'm guessing that the TM joints are building up with Arthritis as well as the bones in my jaws deteriorating. They wanted to do surgery to repair my jaw positions and replace the ball & socket of the tm joints. But I've developed osteopenia, and the doc doesn't think it would heal/knit together. 🙏🌼

Jun 26, 2015 2:44 PM

I'm not sure, but what I do feel certain of is that the act of clenching itself can trigger headaches, especially in the morning after the act, regardless of splint. Sometimes the splint makes my sleep apnea worsen due to the blocking and dry mouth, as well as general stretching and discomfort. That, as well has the ability to spur a headache or migraine.

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