How TMJ Can Cause Headaches
A major difficulty in diagnosing headaches is that there are so many potential headache causes. You should suspect TMJ is causing your pain if you:
- Experience other TMJ symptoms
- Often get headaches after jaw activity
- Aren’t getting good results from current treatment
People often experience multiple TMJ symptoms, but don’t realize that there’s a single cause behind neck pain, tooth damage, ringing ears, vertigo, and more. Take time to evaluate the list of TMJ symptoms. If you have two or more symptoms in addition to your headaches, it’s likely that you have TMJ.
People with TMJ often get headache flare ups after jaw activity, though they might not realize it at first. Even if they’re using a headache journal, they might miss it because they aren’t writing down the right details. Chewing gum or hard foods, wide yawning, talking, or just clenching your teeth from stress can all lead to pain. You might also clench your teeth at night, so if you wake up with a headache, this might be related to sleep apnea, or it could be related to TMJ.
Finally, if your prescribed treatments aren’t effective, it’s a good hint that your doctor hasn’t isolated the true cause of your headaches. This means you should consider a different approach, like TMJ treatment.