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It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

New CME on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance, an initiative of The TMJ Association, in partnership with the International Pelvic Pain Society, is pleased to announce the release of our newly developed Continuing Medical Education (CME) program on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions.

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.

Kolia

  • Feb 8, 2019

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. Insurance coverage limits my treatments. I have gone through multiple root canals and teeth replacements on my right joint, which is where all of my nerve and joint pain occurs. I have a droop in my face and often my muscle contracts on my right side. I frequently have my joint pop out of socket, and often have to hold it in while eating, yawning etc. I prefer to eat alone due to the noise and the fact that holding my joint is embarrassing.  

I have worked a very tough corporate job for the past 11 years, and I have always been hesitant about jaw replacement surgery, despite my provider's recommendation. I am looking forward to having children at this point, because of the ages of me and my spouse, and hope that shortly after having children I could commit to surgical interventions. I have had injections, bone grafts, etc.  

I am beyond grateful for the resources and the personal stories provided on www.tmj.org. Thank you all.