Good morning John -
Well John, funny thing you should ask. At the height of my TMD symptoms, I had shortness of breath & chest pain. I have noticed that not alot of people on the board experience that. After my "I must vent" post, I started researching the NIH site to see if there was anything new at all out there in regard to TMD.
Well, I found an article, published by the National Heartl, LUng & Blood Institute (NHLBI), the article was publsiehd in Dec 2001. It talks about the affects of some patients with TMD and the cardiovascular system.
Here is the link: [url="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/tmj_wksp.pdf"]www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/tmj_wksp.pdf[/url]
From this article, it states that approx. 12% of the population in the US has some form of TMD, which is about 34 million people, with a large percentage being women. It is an eye opening article. I only hope that due to the lack of education by the NIH, NIDR, ADA to all medical/dental Drs, has not caused me permanent cardiovasucular damage.
I found this article yesterday, I have questioned if I should post it or not, not wanting to cause fear in people. However, with your question being posted, I just felt like it is what I suppose to do. TMD is nothing to be taken lightly, if they had caught mine much earlier in life, I would not be in the boat I am today. I can only thank my lucky stars that I found Dr B who understands ALL of the affects of TMD and is helping me get my life back together. He is a rare bird for sure.