TMJ 'dysfunction' - Health implications

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 Post subject: Shoulder pains
PostPosted: Mon, 13 Dec 2021, 10:26 am 
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The ramifications of shoulder problems caused by Jaw asymmetry
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Shoulder pain can have a massive impact on one's day-to-day functioning. It is a common presentation in many GP surgeries and A&E departments.

Any jaw asymmetry especially a midline discrepancy affects the neck and shoulder muscles. Shoulder pain and stiffness are a universal occurrence in almost any patient presenting with a jaw problem. Action is required to correct the jaw asymmetry initially - not pain killers anti-inflammatories, steroids or surgery.

The intimate relationship of shoulder problems to Jaw asymmetry.
This graphic demonstrates that neck and shoulder problems are an all too frequent accompaniment of other symptoms amongst a number of patients seen for jaw problems.
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The graph above confirms the presence of actual shoulder pain amongst at least a third of patients presenting with a jaw problem. Others who present with almost any other symptom will have either one or both shoulders very stiff and painful on palpation of the relevant muscles.

A shoulder problem is often the first sign of pain at the onset of multiple symptoms in many patients as shown below. It cannot be ignored as the long term outcome could be an affliction with some serious incapacity. Correcting the jaw asymmetry corrects the shoulder and many other accompanying symptoms. Treating the shoulder on its own does nothing. The patients' symptoms continue unabated.

Extreme Dizziness, Head-over-the-hammer Headaches, Tinnitus

"Thank you for your time and care with my jaw problems. Your unique orthodontic approaches have given me my life back. My problems began when all four of my wisdom teeth were mistakenly removed in St. Thomas’s Hospital, London.

My health deteriorated rapidly starting with a frozen shoulder and progressing to extreme dizziness, head-over-the-hammer headaches, tinnitus, numbness in limbs and tiredness. At first, I didn’t put the two things together and I thought maybe I had a brain tumour, the symptoms seemed to match. After a brain scan, I was told everything was fine. I remember feeling really upset that I still didn’t know what was wrong with me.

A dentist told me that I might have TMD I was referred to the Eastman Dental Hospital and had a splint made for my lower teeth. I wore the appliance at night and at first, it did help my headaches. My dizziness was still very bad so I researched TMD and then embarked on a very costly (in terms of health, time and money) treatment plan with private dentists.

They all did the same thing - they made me splints of varying descriptions I was so determined to get better that I went along with their advice and treatments. They were ‘top’ Harley street dentists but I continued to deteriorate.
M Gorman

Rapid recovery from numerous symptoms including extreme dizziness

"Dear Dr Amir,
Thank you so much for all you did yesterday within a few minutes of arriving at your office. I feel so much better today. I thought I would e-mail what I can remember of the symptoms leading up to 12th August 2017 and then how I feel since my appointment with you 10 days later.

I watched a film on TV and my head was turned to the left for about 2 hours. When I woke the next morning, my neck was stiff and painful on the left side. I presumed this was from watching the film at first but the pain spread rapidly and surrounded my ear, jaw, collarbone, shoulder blade, lower back and calf, all down the left side of my body. ..............W Taylor

Daily dizziness and headaches

"Hello, I am 27 years old. I have been suffering for two and a half years from massive pressure pain all over my face, jaw, and neck, pain behind eyes, burning sensation in my nostrils, dizziness, headaches every day, panic attacks, abdominal pain, back pain, pain in my shoulders."...................Neringa

Unstoppable migraines
"I have suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember. For the most part, they were mainly hormonal or came during times of extreme stress. They were not life-affecting initially; I had literally half a dozen a year at most However, by my mid-thirties, they were increasing in frequency and by my fortieth year became chronic.. Horrendous pain in my neck and shoulders which was causing almost daily migraines.................................... Within a few weeks of wearing braces, my migraines had gone and now three and a half years later, I can quite literally go for months without having a migraine and when I do, it generally doesn’t come from my neck and shoulders"...............................Pamela Hunniset

Multiple Sclerosis
'........6 months ago (December 2012) I developed instant numbness in my right shoulder, bicep, chest and neck - none of which dissipated thereafter. Following numerous medical examinations during this period, the severe numbness in my arm/shoulder prompted MRI scans. Inflammation was identified in my brain and neck section of my spine and on 3rd January 2013 I was diagnosed with MS (a condition I held little knowledge of at that time)"............. TS

Restricted arm movement
"I have for the last few months started to get restricted movement in one arm. Three weeks ago, Dr Amir fitted me with a new orthodontic brace - instantly, I was able to move my arm freely behind my back but still had restricted movement above my shoulders. Returning to Dr Amir for an adjustment today, he said not to worry as ‘That will be easy to fix”. After some adjustment to the orthodontic brace, I now find that I can raise my arm above my head. As you would assume, I am delighted and would recommend Dr Amir to anybody with similar problems....................................Bernadette R.

Posted by M. Amir B.D.S., M. Sc. (U. of London), L.D.S., R.C.S. (England)

Reviewed January 2021
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