The following is a list of common TMJ symptoms. Please understand that this list may not include every symptom a TMJ disorder patient may experience. Some TMJ symptoms are more common than others.
If you feel as though you might have TMJ disorder, the first place to start would be: self-care techniques.
Always remember, no two patients with TMJ disorder experience the same symptoms and pain. It is important that you see a doctor and receive a thorough examination and diagnosis before jumping to any conclusions about your health.
Jaw and Jaw Joint Problems
• Limited jaw opening.
• Inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly.
• Jaw moves to one side when opening.
• Unable to find natural way to rest teeth when mouth is closed.
• Clicking or popping jaw joints.
• Muscle spasms around jaw joints.
Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain:
• Severe headaches
• Forehead pain
• Severe, one sided headaches (like Cluster headaches)
• Headaches that feel like sinus infections
• Hair and/or scalp painful or sensitive to touch.
• Headaches at the back of the head, with or without shooting pain
Ear Pain, Ear Problems:
• Hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds
• Diminished hearing
• Clogged, “stuffy”, itchy ears
• Feeling of fullness in the ear
• Ear pain without infection
• Balance problems, dizziness
Eye Pain and Eye Problems:
• Bloodshot eyes
• Blurring of vision
• Eye pain above, below and behind eye
• Pressure behind eyes
• Light sensitivity
• Watering of the eyes
Teeth and Gum Problems:
• Clenching during the day or at night
• Grinding teeth at night (Bruxism)
• Tooth pain
• Sensitive teeth
• Pain in cheek muscles
• Uncontrollable tongue movements
• Difficulties swallowing
• Tightness of throat
• Sore throat with no infection
• Tongue Pain
Neck and Shoulder Problems:
• Neck pain
• Shoulder aches
• Back pain (upper and lower)
• Arm and finger tingling, numbness, and/or pain
[sws_yellow_box] Always remember, no two patients with TMJ disorder experience the same symptoms and pain. It is important that you see a doctor and receive a thorough examination and diagnosis before jumping to any conclusions about your health.[/sws_yellow_box]
Self Care (if you are in pain and wondering where to start first, this would be the article to read)