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Symptoms Of TMJ And Eagle’s Syndrome: Revealed

The TMJ disorder is affecting a huge number of people these days in the US and in other parts of the world too. Because of this there is now a lot of interest in this, as also in the signs of TMJ, causes and naturally the various TMJ treatment options as well. Here we will take a look at the symptoms of TMJ and how it is related to the Eagle’s syndrome.

 

Temporomandibular joint or TMJ symptoms vary widely from minor pain in the jaw joint to intense headache, earache and tinnitus that can turn a person insane with bizarre hissing, whooshing, ringing, roaring sounds in the ear. While the primary signs of TMJ are easy to recognize, the secondary or atypical TMJ symptoms often prove deceptive and misleading. For instance, TMJ symptom causing sensitivity to light, blurred vision and pain behind the eyeball (caused due to inflammation in the tissue and ligaments lying in the vicinity of the affected joint) could mislead the medic into looking for optical disorders that include keratitis, corneal revascularization or even Fuchs’s dystrophy. Similar is the case with other unusual symptoms of TMJ that creates numbness in the fingers which can also happen due to multiple sclerosis, cervical spondylosis, alcoholic neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy and many other factors.

 

However, here it is caused primarily due to misaligned bite, which in turn sets the muscles serving the jaws, shoulder, neck and face to go into transitory spasm. As a result of this, the nerves (brachial plexis) running into the hands and fingers get pinched, creating lack of sensation or tingling in the arms and the fingers.

 

TMJ Disorder And The Eagle’s Syndrome

 

However, when the Temporomandibular joint pain is inappropriately linked with the Stylomandibular Ligament pain that is caused due to Eagle’s syndrome, the picture changes abruptly. Even though the problem is somewhat similar to the temporomandibular joint pain involving the jaw joint, in the Ernest or Eagle’s syndrome, it is the stylohyoid ligament that actually creates the problem.

 

The styloid process consists of a bone structure at the base of the skull that is attached to ligaments and muscles linked to the throat and adjoining organs. When calcified or mineralized, it sticks into the jaw and the throat area, creating problem in swallowing. In chronic cases, turning the head causes pain and discomfort. Eagle’s syndrome can be a debilitating disease that leads to chronic malnutrition and loss of weight as against TMJ syndrome, which may be painful but far less distressing.

 

Eagle’s syndrome may also be considered a lesser significant issue in glossopharyngeal neuralgia that can turn to become a life threatening condition when coupled with cardiovascular complications. It can lead to severe weight loss and malnutrition even when it does not come with cardiac problems. In any case, Eagle’s syndrome (not TMJ syndrome) is considered by the medical profession as a significant etiological factor for precipitation of glossopharyngeal secondary neuralgia.

 

However, for the sake of identification and analysis, Eagle’s syndrome may be considered as consisting of temporomandibular joint pain, pain in eyes, sensitivity in the teeth, pain in the throat region that aggravates during swallowing any food, tonsillar discomfort and symptomatic issues of stylohyoid elongations.

 

Treatment of Eagle’s symptom includes intra-oral splints, pain relieving NSAIDs, physiotherapy and local anesthetic injections at the insertion of the ligament. However, there are reports that often suggest that radiofrequency thermoneurolysis can be effective in treating symptom of Eagle’s syndrome to some extent.

 

Eagle or Ernest syndrome therapy may also be achieved through strengthening the stylomandibular ligament with Prolotherapy since the symptoms are mostly caused due to weakness in that region. Studies reveal that Prolotherapy is a safe and effective treatment procedure for repairing ligament, tendon or cartilage damage in a natural process. In other words, it is does so by creating a placid inflammatory condition within the destabilized cartilage and ligaments and as the body heals itself through inflammation, Prolotherapy just invigorates the healing process.

 

TMJ Cure Through TMJ Treatment

 

It is essential to opt for treatment to get relief from TMJ pain and the other problems that are associated with the disease. The good news is, there are many treatment options available that range from conventional remedies (drugs and surgeries), over the counter solutions (mouthguards and splints), exercises to relieve TMJ and home TMJ remedies. But the bad news is that, while many of them can provide a temporary relief, bit a permanent remedy is not possible. That is because they just treat the symptoms and not the root causes of the problem.

 

The only permanent TMJ relief is achieved through holistic remedies that treat the body as a whole to identify all the contributing factors of the disease. Once these causes are all identified and treated, there is no reason to worry about the symptoms anymore because they go away on their own, never to come back again. This is why holistic remedies work so well for all those people who are suffering from TMJ.


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