The Pain In (and Out) of Your Body

Editor’s Note: John Lucas, the creator of The Face Caddy, has been such an incredible supporter of all of us who struggle with jaw pain. In this blog post, he shares his story of pain and its impact on his life. TMJ Disorder can be many things. A physical issue. An emotional issue. A relationship issue.…

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Great Article for Those Who Are New to TMJ Disorder.

From Medical News Today: Around 12 percent of people in the United States experience TMJ disorders at any one time. Women are affected more often than men, with 9 women to every 1 man experiencing severe pain and restricted jaw movement. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for TMJ disorders is essential for patients and…

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The Making of Face Caddy

Editor’s Note: John Lucas, the creator of The Face Caddy, has been such an incredible supporter of all of us who struggle with jaw pain. In this blog post, he shares the story of how Face Caddy was invented. Welcome to the first Jaw Bone Connection. In this column, I’m not going to just talk…

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VOTE To Help Improve Nutritional Needs For TMJ Patients

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Nutrition Research Task Force is seeking input to develop the first ever NIH-wide strategic plan for nutrition research over the next 10 years.This is our opportunity to let the NIH know how important this topic is for TMJ patients. The TMJ Association submitted a suggestion (see link below) and…

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Are You Making Your Pain Worse? I Am…

Welcome to a new feature on the blog: Conversations with My Pain Doctor. I thought of doing this column for you because my pain doctor has some really interesting insights. After all, every day he sees many pain patients who are at different parts of their journeys, each struggling in their own way to live…

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An interview with John Lucas, inventor of the Face Caddy.

One of the most recommended products we’ve come across for helping TMJ disorder is the Face Caddy. Its inventor, John Lucas, contacted us about two years ago and asked if he could send us some free samples to give away to our members to see if they liked it. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Of course,…

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The View From the Other Side of the Chair……A Dentists Journey With TMJ Disorder

We received this email from a dentist and wanted to share his journey with you. The tips he offers come from the perspective of not only a dentist, but also a patient.   Hi Stacy, Before you think, oh, no just someone looking to advertise his prowess in what is (sadly) an already competitive market…

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Tip Tuesday: How to Deal with Increased Jaw Pain from Cold Weather

Well, I have finally turned off my air conditioning in my bedroom and office… this is huge for me, considering I need the cool temperature when I sleep. When I had to start wearing a thick, fuzzy, long sleeved robe over my clothes at the computer to keep my arms and hands from freezing, I…

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What to Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe Your Pain

  One of the most maddening things you could ever hear as a patient is, “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, maybe it’s all in your head.” Putting aside the obvious (and really tired) joke that, yes, it IS in my head, there is nothing funny about that statement. When you are struggling with…

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You’ve Been Told You May Need Surgery…. Now What???

I remember the doctor appointment like it was yesterday… I was sitting in the dental chair with my legs swung over to the side, facing my surgeon. He had “that look” on his face – you might know the one….a mixture of concern and, “I don’t really want to tell you this, but…” It was…

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