Temporomandibular Joint Disorder - Psychological and social effects?
- 4 Jun 2012 by 01
- 12 January 2014
- pain, temporomandibular joint disorder
I'm a dentist currently looking to create a questionnaire to assess how psychological stress and social wellbeing influences the intensity of TMJ disorder pain. Part of designing such a questionnaire relies on ensuring the questions remain valid to people who actually have the disease, hence me posting on this forum. I would be grateful to anyone who could provide an insight into what they feel would be important questions to ask.
I'd be happy to help in any way that I can, and I am in a somewhat unique position as a therapist and a person who has TMJD with the chronic pain extending 10 years at this point. I added you as a friend, and I beieve if you add me back, you can then message me privately as needed. I am grateful to you for seeking out the far-reaching impact that TMJD does have on the overall bio/psycho/social QoL of people who are afflicted with it. Thank you. Terca
I was in an auto accident in 2008. Shortly after I was hit, I had wide-spread pain. I went to physical therapy for many, many months with little pain relief. Various muscles were helped, but my jaw was so tight and I was grinding my teeth. The pain, stress of not improving, and just not knowing what my future would be like, caused me to grind my teeth to the point of cracking four of them. A few commercial night guards were broken through. Fortunately, the insurance company eventually covered a professional dental guard and my teeth were repaired. Finally, it was determined that I have Fibromyalgia that was caused by the whip-lashing of my neck/body during the accident.
I dont know if your still looking for answers to this or not. I have CRPS which is a pain condition. With all the drugs I have to take I suffer from dry mouth. About two years ago the CRPS got more intense and found myself talking thru my teeth. I clench something fierce. It was determined that my TMJD was brought on by the stress I deal with having CRPS. I would think you would want to ask if there is any pre existing conditions that could contribute to the TMJD. I know personally I clench not even knowing it until I go to try and eat.
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