TMJ and Lyme Disease: Many Symptoms Overlap

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There are many signs and symptoms that are similar in Lyme disease to patients with TMJ and Sleep disorders.  Frequently both of these conditions are overlaid.  Treatment of musculoskeletal issues will not correct or cure Lyme disease but will improve the quality of patients lives.   The following videos are of a patients suffering from both Lyme disease and TMJ.

Patients who have been diagnosed with Lyme disease often develop symptoms that are not treated for the other issues that could improve their quality of life.  The Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is not specific for treating Lyme or TMJ but can give remarkable symptom relief to many patients.  SPG blocks work on the Autonomic nervous system.

According to the CDC later signs of Lyme disease include:

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness
  • CHRONIC HEADACHES AND NECK PAIN ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS IN TMJ, NEUROMUSCULAR AND POSTURAL PATIENTS
  • Additional EM rashes on other areas of the body
  • Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints.
  • Facial or Bell’s palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face)
  • THIS IS LESS COMMON BUT ALSO SEEN IN TMD AND FACIAL PAIN PATIENTS
  • Intermittent pain in tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
  • THIS IS SIMILAR TO MYOFASCIAL PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION THAT IS PART OF ALMOST ALL PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC JAW ISSUES.
  • Heart palpitations or an irregular heart beat (Lyme carditis)
  • Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath
  • OFTEN RELATED TO CHRONIC STRESS FROM LIVING IN PAIN, DIZZINESS IS COMMON COMPLAINT IN TMD PATIENTS
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve pain  FREQUENTLY SEE REFERRED PAIN AND ENTRAPMENT PAIN
  • Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • PAIN IN ARMS SHOULDERS INTO FINGERS IS FREQUENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH OTH TMJ DISORDERS AND SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA PATIENTS FROM SCALENE MUSCLE ENTRAPMENTS
  • Problems with short-term memory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po1F1pO0ock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciKuRdmb5PI

January 2018 update video

Krista broke her appliance and locked and after the lock was reduced (took some time) she has made a decision to move to phase two treatment after 10 years of appliance wear.  One week prior to this video she had bonded composites placed on 6 teeth to stabilize her bite without an appliance and an upper and lower DNA Appliance was placed.  She begins the video with the appliance in her mouth, removes it and continues her story.  She does not wear DNA Appliance at work or while eating but does wear it 16 hours daily to finalize TMD treatment.

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