Does someone you know suffer from migraine headaches?
These types of headaches are excruciating and often debilitating. The pain is felt mainly at the top and sides of the head. However, it can extend to the face, neck, shoulders, and even tingling of the fingers.
Understanding the causes of this type of pain can help you provide your friends and family members with assistance.
For example, did you know that many people who suffer from chronic headaches actually have migraine headaches from TMJ?
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is our jaw joint. If this joint is strained in any way, it causes a number of symptoms, like headache, migraine ringing on the ear and dizziness.
This phenomenon is called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Knowing this can give you the information you need when friends ask how to get rid of migraines. It can also help you to know what types of foods and gifts to give them this holiday season.
The Most Common Symptom of TMD: Migraines
What causes a massive TMD headache?
Like I said, it’s caused by jaw joints that are strained – but let me expand on this a bit.
Think for a moment about a well-oiled hinge. The door on such a hinge moves freely, gliding open and closed easily.
- What happens if the hinge is not well-maintained? At the very least, the door is extremely difficult to open and close.
It’s similar with the jaw joint.
If our bite is off, it strains the joint and the muscles surrounding it. The result is inflammation and stiffness.
And when the muscles and jaw joint are in constant misalignment, patients experience pain and tenderness. In fact, many people’s muscles are so strained that they find it difficult to open and close their mouth.
Because we’re so connected, one strained and painful muscle leads to another and another. That’s why the starting point may be in the jaw joint, but the resultant pain is felt in the top and sides of the head, pressure behind the eyes.
What can be done to help patients dealing with migraines from TMJ?
One of the best things you can do is avoid serving hard, crunchy, chewy, sticky foods. These often exacerbate an already precarious situation.
Another thing you can do as we enter the main gift-giving season of the year is provide your loved ones with gifts that don’t trigger migraines.
The Best Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Who Deal with TMD Symptoms
At first glance, it may seem hard to figure out which gifts to give and which to avoid.
That’s why I wanted to provide you with a pre-holiday gift-giving guide for TMJ sufferers.
Migraine Trigger Gifts to Avoid
If your loved one suffers with migraines from TMJ – avoid the following gifts that can trigger muscle tension and pain.
- Candles with artificial scents
- Scented lotions and soaps
- Foods like wine, cheese, and chocolate
Many people are sensitive or allergic to these items. Gifting them to someone who has TMD and allergies can make their symptoms worse.
Try These Gifts for TMJ Sufferers Instead
Here are some of my top picks for patients with TMD.
- Books or music
- Large sunglasses or migraine glasses
- Comfy pillows
- Dog-walking service
- Maid service
- Blackout curtains
- Ice and heat packs
- Back massager (or a gift certificate for a massage)
- Love, compassion, and waiting to visit until the pain has passed
How to Get Rid of Migraines: See Your Dentist Immediately
Are you one of the many people who suffer from TMJ-related migraines? Whether you or someone in your family deals with these excruciating headaches, be assured – help is available.
Where can you find relief? You can find help with Neuromuscular, physiologic Dentist in your area.
When patients come to me for TMJ pain, I work with them in three phases to reduce their symptoms.
First, my TMJ patients receive TENS treatments, which increases blood flow and helps relax the muscles.
Second, I provide patients with a temporary physiologic orthotic device to stabilize their bite. This device fits over their lower teeth. The Orthotic designed base of relax muscles therefore there is no strain in thejaw joint, and facial muscles from the effects of clenching and grinding.
Finally, my patients and I come up with a permanent solution. Solutions range from adjusting the patient’s bite to orthodontics.
When you come into my office wondering how to get rid of migraines, you can be confident knowing that we will find a solution that meets your needs and budget.
Do you suffer from chronic headaches and jaw pain? I can help! Contact my office today to schedule a consultation. Based on my diagnosis, I can create a treatment plan that may be able to reduce your pain.