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evolve215 02-10-2012 06:33 PM

Headache on impact?
I'm 17 years old. Recently i've developed tmj which left me with most of the classic symtoms. Jaw pain, headaches, stiff neck, popping of the jaw (etc.) The main problem i have is that i am a boxer. (I started after I noticed my tmj symptoms). When sparring i can take any shot to my eyes, nose, and forehead but whenever im hit on the jaw i get an immediate migraine. After doing some research online and on boxing forums i've found that it is not normal to get an immediate headache for around 15 20 seconds after taking a shot on the chin. Is this something that I could link to my TMJ. Is this type of thing common? Or should i be concerned about a bigger issue.
Thank you

llarstone 04-18-2012 03:22 PM

Re: Headache on impact?
With TMD the jaw is too far back in the fossa (the space it moves in) Located right behind this area is a large bunch of nerves and blood vessels. When the jaw is displaced and too far back the condyle will occationally move too far and hit this bunch of nerves and blood vessels. This can cause immediate and excruiating pain and even unconsiousness. The term "glass jaw" refers to this in that if you deliver a punch that pushes the condyle directly back, it hits the nerves and will knock you out.

Until you recapture the space you are in danger of doing serious damage and you will not be able to get away from this issue. The normal amount of space at the back of the condyle is 4 mm when you are at rest. This space is normal and most people can handle a hit or 2 to the jaw.

You may want to consider getting treatment. This will not go away but only get worse.

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