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Hyperreactive Brain Network May Be Cause of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia is one of the overlapping pain conditions with TMD. This article appeared in Fibromyalgia News Today on January 15, 2018. A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.

Dry Eye Linked to Chronic Overlapping Pain in Veteran Population

There may be a correlation between dry eye and chronic pain in the US military veteran population as is evident by a recent study. Ocular pain was most strongly associated with headaches, tension headaches, migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders, pelvic pain, central pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia in the veteran patient population.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Why Head and Face Pain Cause More Suffering

Hate headaches? The distress you feel is not all in your -- well, head. People consistently rate pain of the head, face, eyeballs, ears and teeth as more disruptive, and more emotionally draining, than pain elsewhere in the body.

Migraine and Coronary Artery Disease: A Genetic Connection

There has long been as association between migraine headaches and vascular (blood vessel) dysfunction of some kind, underscored by epidemiological studies and other research. New evidence for a genetic connection now comes from the analysis of several large data sets of each condition based on Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

Suzanne: Teen Awareness and Support

  • May 13, 2015

Suzanne is a teenager who wants desperately to live life free from pain and discomfort. TMJ symptoms have forced Suzanne to stop doing what most teenagers take for granted—hanging out with friends, going to school, and participating in sports and music.

Suzanne decided to do something to help herself and began researching TMJ diseases and disorders on the Internet. She discovered the Association’s website and was comforted to know that an organization existed that truly understood what she was going through.

Suzanne wrote, “I am 16 years old and have had TMJ since I was born. As I have gotten older, it has worsened. My jaw has started to give me a speaking problem and causes so much pain. I have to live with this pain because my parents don’t have health insurance, and we can’t afford major reconstructive surgery that will cost way over $30,000. My parents have struggled for years to get me as much help and comfort as they could. Now we are kind of at a halt with no money. I’ve seen so many doctors and have had so many opinions that all ended up the same. I am young, but if I can make it struggling in school with the pain and dislocation, I know other people can too. I hope that one day someone will find a cure, so I can actually be a kid for once and do things that I want to do, like sports and stuff. That is my one dream.

Suzanne hopes by sharing her story she can reassure teens and provide them a sense of comfort in knowing they are not alone and that there is hope.

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