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And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments: “AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The

What Allen Told the Committee

Allen Cowley addressed the second open-to-the-public meeting of the National Institute of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) held on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. No stranger to the world of TMD, Dr. Cowley is the hus

Some Thoughts on Depression

It is hardly surprising that the chronic pain and limitations in function that many long-time TMJ patients experience can be accompanied by a state of depression, a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness.

Upcoming NAM Public Webinars on TMD

The National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment is hosting two public web conferences on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 31.   Webinar 1: Pati

The NAM Committee Heard from Patients, Too

At the March 28, 2019 public meeting NAM committee members had a chance to hear from TMD patients who had submitted testimony for the record.

THE VOICES OF TMJ

Jun 22, 2014

Sometimes a TMJ patient needs inspiration just to get through each day. We have received thousands of real-life stories over the years and you can read some of them right now below. We invite any folks involved in the life of a TMJ sufferer to share their story in whatever format they think best. Drop us a line, share a story on Facebook, record an audio or send a video message. The point is: If you have a story, SHOUT IT OUT!

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These are just a few of the many stories that will move you and those you know to become active in this vital movement. Repost these stories on your Facebook page. Tweet about them. Let everyone know there is something THEY CAN DO to help. Above all, give generously to the effort to eliminate TMJ disorders.

We only present a few stories here. For more stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.  Above all, give generously to support the mission of The TMJ Association.


Caryn

I'm 36 and had issues with TMD as a child but was told my TMD was mild and wouldn't cause me any problems. Truthfully, I thought everyone experienced flashes of nerve pain and popping sometimes.
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Kolia

I am 36 years old and have been living with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2008. My TMD diagnosis was made in 2006. I have been to numerous dental and maxillofacial professionals over the years.
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Meet the Reardons

My name is Michelle Reardon and my 22-year-old daughter Alexandra has suffered with TMJ pain, migraines and neck/back pain since she was 14 years old. Early on it started as minor discomfort, but seemed to escalate year after year.
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Jennifer

It all started with extensive orthodontic work in my early teens--fast forward 20 years and it has consumed my entire life. Last October, I had to have a failed root canal pulled and nothing would ever be the same for me.
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Lori

Hi, my name is Lori and I am 55 years old. I have suffered from implant failures since the Vitek implant in the 80s. Since that time, I have gone through five complete implant reconstructions and at least 25 minor surgeries to replace screws, remove foreign body giant cell tumors and on and on and on.
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Carolyn

Hello, my name is Carolyn and I am 59 years old. I found out that I had TMJ when I was 23 years old. I could no longer close my mouth to bite and chew food. I was in a car accident when I was 18 and was told I probably had whiplash.
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Amy

While it is difficult to pinpoint, I can generally say that my journey with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) started after my pregnancy when I was 20. I was already dealing with chronic back pain and a few other "injuries" that seemed to never
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Ashley

Hi, my name is Ashley. I am 24 years old turning 25 in February. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have been known to excel and do what my heart desires. I was about 9 years young when all of a sudden I opened my mouth and heard a slightly loud po
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Diane

I am 53 years old and have had five jaw surgeries. In the first surgery my lower jaw was lengthened. The second surgery bone spurs were removed and the discs were pulled back into place.
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Daniel's Self Help Tips

Hello,my name is Daniel.I have had a TMJ issue for the past three years.  I have been diagnosed and treated by over seven different doctors ranging from family doctors, multiple dentists to oral facial pain specialists and surgeons.
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For additional TMJ patient stories check out the archive at More Voices of TMJ.