You Start to Experience Other Types of Chronic Pain
Another reason to talk to a Columbia TMJ dentist is if you start to experience other types of chronic pain. People with TMJ often develop other types of chronic pain conditions, including migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), vulvodynia, or others.
One of the theories explaining the link between these conditions is central sensitization. In other words, the brain gets tuned in to pain and begins to amplify pain signals or interpret non-pain signals as pain.
It’s possible (but not proven) that early TMJ treatment might head off the development of other pain conditions. However, even if TMJ treatment doesn’t prevent your other chronic pain, you will have recruited a TMJ dentist to your treatment team, which can be invaluable for dealing with these conditions together.