Distressed manNew research indicates that people are at a higher suicide risk when they suffer from unrelenting pain, especially when they don’t know the cause of their symptoms.

Published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the study was based on data associated with nearly 5 million subjects who’d been treated in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. After pouring over patient records, researchers determined that suicide risk appeared to spike when doctors couldn’t clearly identify the cause of pain.

Not All Pain the Same

While chronic pain appears to be linked to higher suicide rates; it is especially troublesome when the causes are elusive. In fact, researchers only noticed big spikes in suicide risk, when patients and physicians couldn’t determine a cause. Ultimately, without identifying a cause, physicians weren’t able to prescribe effective treatments, forcing patients to either live with their symptoms or take other drastic measures.

What if You Have TMJ Disorder?

When people suffer from TMJ disorder, they can experience all sorts of confusing symptoms that seem to have no source cause. This may lead them to think they have some other mysterious problem when they really have temporomandibular joint disorder.

Getting Help

If you experience chewing difficulties, jaw popping, tinnitus, facial tenderness, headaches and/or pain, you could have TMJ disorder. Fortunately, Dr. Berry can offer you a professional assessment that will determine if you have this debilitating condition. If he sees that you do have TMD, Dr. Berry can offer an effective TMJ treatment strategy that will provide lasting relief.

Chronic pain significantly reduces a person’s quality of life; so much, in fact, it causes many to end their lives prematurely. Don’t let TMJ disorder make your life unbearable; please call (303) 691-0267 at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, to learn how a targeted treatment plan can make a huge difference in your life.