I found a website that also mention a symptom of TMJD that I havent read about before. The website mentioned that Sjogren's Syndrome is also a symptom that some people suffer from. I thought that this is probably true because I have most of the symptoms of this syndrome.
One-sided swollen parotid salivary gland
Both parotid salivary glands swollen
Most common symptoms:
Dry mouth - very common
Dry eyes - very common
Dry skin - about half of patients
I think they are really pushing it to attribute all those symptoms to TMJD. It is possible that some of them are related, but most of them not likely. Sjogrens is an autoimmune disease. I can't see how it could be caused by TMJ dysfunction. The problem with attributing a plethera of symptoms to TMJD is that a correct diagnosis might be missed. It is possible and common to have more than one disease process or syndrome going on at the same time. Treatment should target each condition separately.
Many people with TMJD experience dry eyes, irritation and pain. This is due to a couple of small muscles that connect to the boney structure of the eye and to the muscles of mastication. (Chewing muscles) They are the zygomandibularis and the sphenomadibularis. The connection is a little complicated, but if you read about these 2 muscles, it makes sense that our eyes would be affected.
I think most of us have experienced problems with chewing and eating. Talking becomes difficult when your opening is very limited and many people have trouble swallowing.
Muscle pain, tingling and numbness is not uncommon, usually in the upper body. (Face, neck, etc.)Swelling around the jaw area does occur.
I think we all experience fatigue at some point.
Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disease as GenDen has posted. It can be a very devastating disease.
Some people only have dry eyes and mouth.
Others have all of these symtoms you have posted plus, it can affect the trachea and lungs. The sac around the heart can become inflamed. It also "attacks" the pancreas, liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. People develope a form of arthritis. Lymphoma is 44 times more common in people with Sjogrens than the general population. This is a very terrible disease.(I researched this a great deal, a while back. When I developed severely dry eyes, this disease was mentioned and I was asked about all of these symtoms. They couldn't believe TMJD could cause dry eyes, it does.)
There is a school of thought among many Doctors that if you have TMJD, you are more likely to suffer with Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, and several other problems that they believe are basically caused by stress. I've been told by more than one, that all of these are connected and are psychosomatic.
"Your mind makes your body sick."
My opinion is, this theory is garbage.
All of these disorders and diseases are very real and most cause physical damage to the body.
I have never seen or heard of Sjogren's Syndrome being added to this list. It is possible that some in the medical profession have decided that SS should be included in this group of psychosomatic illnesses. If they have, they do not know much about this disease.
Anyone can develope an autoimmune disease and there are many.
I've never read anything about autoimmunity and TMJD being connected.
The only cases of this I've heard of, would be with people who've had some of the older Implants.
[This message has been edited by Cymy Sue (edited 09-13-2003).]
Well I dont know about all those symptoms but I do know that I have all the ones dealing with the mouth, swallowing, chewing, hoarness,dry mouth,dental problems.. I am 30 years old and weigh 101 pounds due to this....And My TMJ DR. told me this is from TMJ...