Temporomandibular Joint disorder is a condition that affect many people. It is something that affects the joints and muscles that connect the jaw to the skull. TMJ can cause a variety of problems.
One of the problems with TMJ is that the symptoms are not always present. There are different things that can trigger the symptoms of TMJ. That is why it is important to track the details of the TMJ pain you have.
What to Track The first step to tracking the pain of TMJ is learning what you need to track. It is easy to say I felt some pain today, but that does not help when trying to come up with ways to manage the pain or to treat the TMJ. These are some of the things track when it comes to TMJ.
Type of pain. Is the pain dull or sharp?
When is the pain? Is the pain constant or does it happen at certain times of the day like when you wake up in the morning?
Where is the pain. Is it on both sides or just one side?
Pain while eating. Does the pain increase with certain types of food?
Activities. Exercise and other activities can lead to pain from TMJ.
What helps with the pain. What things do you do to manage the pain.
Other symptoms. TMJ has other symptoms besides pain that are worth paying attention to.
It is important to think about the different factors that surround the pain from TMJ, so you can track them.
Record Keeping of TMJ Pain
Knowing what to look for when it comes to pain and TMJ is only part of the process. The other part is recording the details. A diary is the best way to do it. In the diary you can record the times of day that you experienced the pain, how long it lasted and the details of the pain from above. There are apps for your mobile device for this type of record keeping or you can do it with pen and paper.
It is possible to treat and manage the pain from TMJ. Keeping a record of the pain that you deal with can help develop the best treatment and pain management plan. It can help a person lead a normal life despite dealing with TMJ.
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