Question by austin p: Can TMJ cause neck and shoulder pain?
I have anxiety issues and I’ve been clenching my teeth alot when I sleep, i’ve been getting constant neck and shoulder pain and it feels like its getting hot.
I was wondering if TMJ could cause this?
Answer by Me
Absolutely. Grinding one’s teeth cause physical and emotional stress on the structures around the joint. Also, a fracture or dislocation in any of the joints near the jaw may bring on TMJ. You will need a thorough medical exam performed by a D.D.S. You may need to be fitted with a mouthpiece covering your top and bottom two front teeth. This costs about $ 350 – $ 400. It has helped many TMJ sufferers. I have one myself; I started getting severe migraines a few years ago and the neurologist and I, after other options didn’t work, decided to check into the possibilities of TMJ. As it turned out, the device didn’t help me as I didn’t have TMJ but it was just one of the ways to eliminate another possible reason for the migraines.
TMJ can cause neck, shoulder, back, head, and sometimes even chest pain because of the jaw’s proximity to other joint structures. Ask your dentist about what medications you can take to ease the pain, although if you’re a grinder I imagine he’d probably be more privy to utilizing a mouth piece.
All the best, hope you feel better soon.