The Great Imposter
im-pos-tor noun im-pas-ter
one who deceives others by pretending to be someone else
TMJ is called, “The Great Imposter”, because it’s symptoms mimic the symptoms of many other diseases. A better way to say this is that there is no way the average person could imagine that headaches, migraines, vertigo, tinnitus, neck and shoulder pain, etc could come from a bad bite (TMJ)!
In fact close to 90% of the people we treat for these symptoms have very little to no pain in their jaw joint!
Before I started practicing TMJ dentistry to treat Orinda patients’ TMJ, my wife, Maribel, would get horrible migraines. Usually monthly, but sometimes more often. When a migraine was about to come on she would have to leave were she was, go home, put a bandana around her head and lay in a dark silent room for hours. Her physicians treated her symptoms, they gave her drugs. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t and even when it did work the drugs wiped her out.
Once I started my training it was pretty easy to see that her bite was causing the problem. We fitted her with a Neuromuscular Orthotic and she has not had a migraine in 10 years!
Our next blog will detail HOW and WHY your bite can cause all, but not limited to these symptoms:
Neck & Shoulder pain
Ringing in the ears
Difficulty chewing & Swallowing