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Old 07-08-2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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Food - my enemy???

I was diagnosed with TMJ - finally !!! - after suffering with what was countless sinus infections. More times than not, I have a headache, and I'm pretty darn certain that there must be some sort of food correlation. Am I correct? I am literally scared to eat now! I have found that caffeine, chocolate, and cheese are the enemy! Anyone else experience this? Also, does anyone know of a good, SIMPLE cookbook out there for us TMJ sufferers? Some sort of anti-inflammitory diet? I am dying to eat better and get off the junk that is "feeding" my poor, unhealthy body.
Please help! Thanks in advance for any guidance!

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Re: Food - my enemy???

You may want to check out the web sites for chronic inflammatory diseases such as RA, FM or joint diseases, etc. as they may recommend such diets. I doubt you will find a diet specific to tmj or tmd as both are generally the result of a joint or muscle dysfunction which is not usually affected by diet but by structure, anatomy, bite, etc.

However there are studies that migraines can be triggered by certain foods and suffering from migraines in itself does not always mean one has tmj as migraines can be a distinct and separate issue apart from tmj - they can be due to homonal fluctuations, BP, vascular issues, etc - so maybe check out sites for migraine sufferers for specific diets as well.

 
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I do suffer from migraines and take a preventative called Topamax to try and ward off the ugliness. This used to be my life safer; however, it's NOT working. I also take Zanaflex for bruxism, but that's no longer cutting it either.
I just feel stuck - nothing crunchy due to the joint point and nothing that triggers migraine pain either. I just don't know what to do anymore.
I go into my dentist next week to be fitted for a mouthguard. Here's hoping it works. I've also made an appt. with a chiropractor. Have you had any luck with this?
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I do suffer from migraines and take a preventative called Topamax to try and ward off the ugliness. This used to be my life safer; however, it's NOT working. I also take Zanaflex for bruxism, but that's no longer cutting it either.
I just feel stuck - nothing crunchy due to the joint point and nothing that triggers migraine pain either. I just don't know what to do anymore.
I go into my dentist next week to be fitted for a mouthguard. Here's hoping it works. I've also made an appt. with a chiropractor. Have you had any luck with this?
I have had luck in the past with Atlas Orthoganist Chiropracters. They do the least manipulation and cracking. Look them up and you'll see the difference. If you're atlas is off, and your spine is out of alignment, that alone causes some people to have migranes. I will eventually have to incorporate this into my current treatment, but my specialist wants me to have more PT and my repositional splint first because without all that, I'm just wasting my $ . And let me tell ya, I'm going broke fast! UGGGGG.

 
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Yes - definitely find a good chiro such as a upper cervical or NUCCA chiro, orthoganist as Jill mentioned or even one that uses applied kinesiology (AK) - it will help keep the body aligned as you go through splint therapy and can help reduce the severity of pain and symptoms - even migraines.

 
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