When a headache is more than just a headache
June 29, 2015
Around 45 million Americans are affected by chronic daily headaches, headaches that occur more than 15 days each month for at least three months. The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, only a minority of those living with headaches are diagnosed appropriately by a healthcare provider. Overall, headaches are underestimated, under-recognized and under-treated.
Living with frequent and painful headaches can indicate another underlying medical issue. Patients may think their headache is unrelated to an issue with their jaw, but it can be one of the biggest indicators that a patient is living with TMJ. Working with an experienced physician to correct these problems can lead to a life with less pain.
Headaches experienced by TMJ patients can range from dull aching pain in the back or side of the head, to a migraine-like headache. When headaches are related to TMJ, they are often felt upon waking and can redevelop in the late afternoon.
Head and neck pain experienced by patients with TMJ can include:
* Temple headaches
* Headache in the back of the head
* Pain below the ear
* Migraine-like headaches caused by neurological abnormalities
Dr. Mitakides and his experienced team examine patients to understand the types, locations and frequency of headaches and what they mean. Dr. Mitakides, a diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, is part of an elite group of medical professionals in North America trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of jaw, head, neck and facial pain.
To locate a diplomate near you who can expertly diagnose and treat a variety of craniofacial pain, visit the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain website.
Learn more about TMJ, the symptoms, causes, diagnoses and treatment options available at The TMJ Treatment Center.