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Jaw Pain Disorder Tied to Anxiety, Depression

Posted 23 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 – There's a link between depression and anxiety symptoms and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder pain, a condition that affects the jaw, according to a new study. TMJ disorders affect the muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to the skull. This study by German researchers included more than 4,000 patients who underwent medical and oral health examinations and TMJ pain assessments, and completed a psychiatric risk factor questionnaire. The researchers found that depressive symptoms were more strongly related to TMJ pain than to muscle pain, while anxiety symptoms were linked with muscle pain. The findings were published in a recent online issue of The Journal of Pain. TMJ pain may be a physical symptom of depression or anxiety, according to the researchers. They explained that these mental health conditions could lead to increased activity in the jaw ... Read more

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Profile Drawn of People With Chronic Jaw Pain

Posted 15 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 – People with chronic jaw pain have increased pain sensitivity in other parts of the body, a new study says. This and other findings from the study could lead to new ways of diagnosing facial pain conditions, predicting who is susceptible to them, and perhaps lead to new treatments, according to the investigators. The study included 3,200 healthy volunteers ages 18 to 44 who were followed for three to five years to see how many developed temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD), which produce pain that radiates from the jaw and surrounding muscles. The researchers found that those who did develop TMJD had heightened sensitivity to mildly painful sensations in other parts of the body, were more aware of body sensations, and had more significant heart rate increases when they were under mild stress. The study appears in the November issue of the Journal of Pain. "There ... Read more

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