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TMJ Patient RoundTable Project: Status Update

The TMJ Association is acting as the catalyst to develop the TMJ Patient RoundTable, a broad initiative to advance the interests of patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It encompasses collaborations with all stakeholders and

Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

Study Highlights TMD Evidence and Current Practice Gaps

The TMJ Association has long championed the need for strong evidence-based demonstrations of the safety and efficacy of TMD diagnostics and treatments. Sad to say, as the following journal article indicates, even among a network of research-oriented practices, dental providers are still resorting to such TMD treatments as occlusal adjustments in which teeth are irreversibly moved, ground down, or in other ways altered, a treatment for which there is no scientific evidence of efficacy.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme

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Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

  • Jun 1, 2017

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme disease.

Lyme disease symptoms often mimic those of TMD. The TMJ Association encourages patients who think they may have TMD to be sure to talk to their medical doctor in order to rule out other conditions which could be the cause their symptoms. Especially with Lyme disease, early diagnosis and treatment are important.

Lyme disease can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. Left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Permanent damage to the joints or the nervous system can develop in patients with late Lyme disease.

Other symptoms of early Lyme disease include:

  • migratory muscle and joint aches
  • headache
  • chills and fever
  • fatigue
  • swollen lymph nodes

Other symptoms may not appear until weeks or months after a tick bite occurs. They include:

  • arthritis (usually as pain and swelling in large joints, especially the knee)
  • nervous system abnormalities
  • heart-rhythm irregularities

This year health officials are also warning of another virus called Powassan which is transmitted by the bite of infected deer/blacklegged tick, the same tick that causes other tickborne diseases, including Lyme disease. Powassan causes nonspecific flu-like symptoms including muscle aches and pains, a small skin rash, and fever and headache. 

Read some of our patient stories related to Lyme disease:

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