John is a former Professor of Finance at American University in Washington D.C. He is married and has three children. The unpredictable nature of his TMJ symptoms put a strain on his family. In the Fall of 2001, John began to seek relief from TMJ pain–ultimately spending well over $10,000 on treatments that were ineffective.
Finally, in January 2005, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection that caused TMJ issues. The antibiotic protocols which were prescribed to treat the Lyme disease alleviated John’s TMJ problems. As a result of his experience with a systemic illness, John has become a strong advocate for medical research.
John Benjamin wrote: “In my quest for answers, I have gained great insight into the lack of science underlying TMJ treatments as well as the lack of understanding of these conditions. Interdisciplinary research is desperately needed to understand what today we call “TMJ.” I regret that I endured years of suffering, needless dental treatments, and spent thousands of dollars only to learn that I had a systemic underlying illness that caused my TMJ problems. If it had not been for The TMJ Association, I would have had TMJ surgery—a surgery I didn’t need, that would not have addressed the causes of the jaw pain, and which could have caused me more harm.”
The TMJ Association is the leading resource for information on TMJ diseases and disorders. Through our publications, educational meetings, and patient support network, the Association reaches out to people, such as John, and provides them guidance in making their health care decisions. The needs and concerns of TMJ patients shape the Association’s daily activities and mission.
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