If you suffer from chronic headaches, neckaches, earaches, shoulder pain and stiffness, and the cause has not been diagnosed or treated, you may be suffering from a rather common form of skeleto-muscular disorder called Craniocervical Mandibular Disorder (CMD).
This syndrome may be more known by other names: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ or TMD), Myofascial Pain Dysfuction (MPD), Dental Stress, or Costen's Syndrome, named after the physician who first identified the relationship between the jaw joint and the pain syndrome. CMD and TMJ are diagnosed based on a collection of symptoms which chronic pain may be the most predominant.
Some common complaints of TMJ patients are:
- Recurring head and face pain
- Grading, clicking, cracking, or popping sounds in one or both jaws
- Grinding and/or clenching the teeth
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain and/or tightness
- Pain in the sinus area or behind the eyes
- Ringing, roaring, buzzing or hissing in the ears
- Sensation of stuffiness, pressure or blockage in the ears
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Pain upon opening the mouth or while chewing
- Awakening with a headache
- Easily and/or chronically fatigued
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