Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a health issues affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and the joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.
Excessive stress or tension, morning headaches, and click whenever your mouth is wide open are usual symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. The most common first symptoms of TMD include headaches or neck pain. However, in most of the cases it takes a long time before the patient receives the correct diagnosis.
Here is how you can recognize TMD when it appears:
- Pain when chewing or yawning
- Pain in the jaw
- Tension in the neck muscles
- Click when you open your mouth
- Upper back pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, visit your doctor immediately. You should know that for establishing the right diagnosis it usually takes longer, so act now!