Periodic headaches are distracting and obviously painful, maybe even debilitating. Because they pass, leaving you headache-free most of the time, you might ignore them. Chronic headaches, on the other hand, can quickly send you searching for answers. Talking with your doctor can be discouraging. Sometimes even specialists don’t have a good answer. TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders, sometimes called TMD) can cause headaches, and it’s a cause overlooked by many doctors.
Constant headaches are a sign that something is wrong in your body. This may be an imbalance in your jaw. If your headaches are linked to TMJ, treatment can resolve them along with other common symptoms, such as jaw pain, tooth damage, and ear problems. To learn more about the cause of your headaches, please call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment with Dr. Kevin Berry in Denver.
Suffering From Chronic Headaches
Perhaps your doctor diagnosed migraines but the prescribed treatment only seems to numb the pain a little. You may find yourself wondering, “What is really causing my migraines and why isn’t the treatment helping?” You may discover that they are accompanied by other symptoms. If this is true for you, then you might have TMJ headaches. Dr. Berry can help solve your headache problems if this is the case. Over-the-counter medications and even prescription medications may provide temporary relief.
When a patient is suffering from an imbalance, your bite can cause all sorts of symptoms ranging from tinnitus, jaw pain, and of course, can cause headaches. If you suffer from some of the most common TMJ symptoms, you will want to consult Dr. Berry for a thorough examination and scientific diagnosis.
A misalignment of the TMJ can cause a patient to suffer from constant debilitating headaches as the entire system is physically connected to our neck, spine, and skull. The pressure and strain that is created as the body tries to pull the joint back into a more fitting position can radiate throughout the body and can put strain and the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and other parts that are connected to our heads.
Recent research has even shown that if your headaches increase in frequency and intensity, you’re more likely to develop TMJ. This suggests that headaches may actually be one of the earliest TMJ symptoms.
The Benefits of Drug-Free Treatment
For many people, headache treatment means relying on drugs. This can provide temporary relief, but it comes with problems. First, there are the side effects of medications. Many headache medications can cause cognitive impairment, personality changes, and can stress the organs that process them in the body, including the kidneys and liver.
Medication overuse can cause headaches among people who rely on medications to control them. Over time, people find that they rely more and more on medications to control headaches until eventually, the medications become a cause of them.
Some pain medications can even be deadly. Recently, the CDC has encouraged doctors to move away from the use of opioids to control chronic pain, including headaches. That’s because opioid overdose has become one of the leading causes of accidental death in the US.
TMJ treatment is noninvasive, completely reversible, and achieves relief without harmful drugs.
A Permanent Fix for Constant Headaches
No one wants to deal with headaches that never seem to go away. And who wants to have to rely on all sorts of medications that only work for a few hours at the most? Because of the disruptive impact and the difficulties of headache medications, treatment is a valuable option for lasting relief.
To have your headaches treated the right way, work with Denver TMJ dentist, Dr. Berry, who will be able to diagnose and treat the condition as required. When your misalignment is fixed, you can expect symptoms to dissipate as the tissues heal. Call us at (303) 691-0267 or contact us online to set up your appointment time at our Denver office.