Is There a Link Between Jaw Problems and Fibromyalgia?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are conditions that affect the jaw joint (also called the temporomandibualr joint). The term TMD describes issues with the jaw joint including mechanical problems with the joint, muscle imbalance and problems with the nerves. Migraine headaches, sinus headaches, and tooth pain can, in some cases, be due to TMD.
In some cases (but not all) symptoms of fibromyalgia can sometimes be due to TMD. Both fibromyalgia and TMD can be responsible for pain in the muscles, especially those of the upper back, neck, face and head. Both can cause dizziness and sleep disturbances.
In General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal researchers note that it is possible that many patients suffering with TMD can also suffer from fibromylagia later in life. Symptoms of TMD include: earache (with no presence of infection), jaw pain (especially late in the day or while eating), jaw clicking or locking, or sensitive teeth in the absence of dental problems. It can also cause a variety of musculoskeletal pain.