TMJ Guide

TMJ Symptoms Including Numbness
In Arms And Fingers

The temporomandibular joint or the TMJ is a fairly complex bone structure in the skull that facilitates opening of the mouth to eat and drink, chomp and masticate meat and poultry, provides nourishment for the body and even helps us to smile and say ‘Good Morning’ the first thing in the morning. However, it turns into a storehouse of innumerable issues that include TMJ pain, spasm, headache, earache and even numbness in the fingers and arms when something goes wrong with it. Known as TMJ disorder symptoms, the topic is being discussed in detail below.


TMJ disorder symptoms or simply TMJ symptoms are so numerous that it would be better to list them under three basic heads – Principal, Secondary and Abnormal. These symptoms of the TMJ syndrome can be seen in the arms and the fingers and at other body parts too. We have to take a look at all of them because the symptoms in the fingers often cause them to appear in other body parts as well.


Principal TMJ Symptoms


  1. Pain in the jaw joint
  2. Inflammation of the joint with tenderness felt in the surrounding muscles, ligaments and bones.
  3. Unrelenting headache and earache
  4. Clicking sound with opening of the jaw
  5. Stiffness around the joint
  6. sinus stuffiness
  7. Pain all over the face (myofascial pain syndrome)
  8. Hearing problems


Secondary TMJ Symptoms


  1. Blurred vision, poor night vision and sensitivity to light. Pressure felt behind the eyes with frequent watering in the eyes.
  2. Cluster headache, sinus-type headache and migraine. Tenderness in the scalp area and hair roots.
  3. Tinnitus type of ringing, hissing, roaring sounds in the ear. Progressive loss of hearing along with feeling of stuffiness in the ear.
  4. Painful and restricted jaw movement.
  5. Unusual and chaotic tongue movement associated with pain in the mouth, cheek and chin.
  6. Painful neck muscles and aching shoulder blades.
  7. Back pain with a feeling of inflexibility in the spinal chord.
  8. Numbness in the fingers and arms that is caused primarily due to misaligned bite. This in turn causes the muscles serving the jaws, neck, face and shoulders to go into temporary spasm. The ensuing seizure creates mayhem with the surrounding tissues and pinches the nerves (brachial plexis) passing through the arms and into the hands. This results in a feeling of numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers and the arms.


Unusual Symptoms Of TMJ


  1. Undue swelling in the cheek is an unusual symptom of TMJ. This becomes more pronounced on the side of the face that is affected by the TMJ disorder. Even though inflammation in the jaw joint is a regular feature of TMJ, it seldom affects the cheek or the neighboring areas.
  2. Recurring jaw dislocation not accompanied by TMJ pain or other discomfort is yet another unusual type of TMJ symptom rarely reported by TMJ patients. People suffering from such abnormal occurrences go to sleep with a firm pillow pressed against the offending joint that is prone to get dislocated during slumber. This seemingly results from misaligned jaws that have been left untreated for long and requires help from neuromuscular dentists to get the problem solved.
  3. Though the usual range of hearing clicking jaws is a foot or two, when the sound of jaw clicking has been reported to be heard from a distance of five feet, it surely is a rare and unusual happening. TMJ sufferers reporting such occurrences also feel intense pain during and after the clicking.
  4. Shoulder pain is not a regular feature of TMJ. However, there are some who do complain of shoulder pain which is often restricted to one side where the strained muscles radiating from the neck spread towards the shoulder.


While arguing about TMJ/TMD symptoms it may be relevant to define that similar symptoms can also lead to diseases that are least linked to temporomandibular joint disorder. For instance, there are more than hundred causes (other than TMJ) that lead to facial pain. These include dental abscess, eye disorder, glaucoma, facial trauma, nasal disorders, etc. And so, a correct diagnosis is always needed before the condition can be treated.


TMJ Treatment


On account of the fact that so many people are now suffering from TMJ, its treatment has now become a priority. However sadly, there is hardly a treatment that can offer permanent TMJ relief. Yes, there are conventional treatments (drugs and surgery), over the counter solutions (splints and mouthguards), home TMJ remedies and natural exercises for TMJ… but they just provide a temporary relief because they all concentrate on curing the symptoms and not the root causes that is behind them.


Holistic remedies on the other hand do just the opposite. Ignoring the symptoms, holistic remedies reach within the body to treat it as a whole and identify the contributing factors that is behind the real problem. Once these causes are identified and treated, the symptoms go away on its own and the problems are resolved for good. TMJ thus does not bother the person anymore. Holistic remedies indeed give the best results for TMJ problems.

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