Headache Types

A pain that is experienced either in the head or in the upper region of the neck is often classified as a headache.

A common misconception is that there is only one kind of headache when in truth there are three different kinds. There are primary headaches, secondary headaches, and finally cranial neuralgias. There are other forms of headaches, such as facial pain, numbering upwards of one hundred and fifty different types but the three category system helps to simplify identification as well as treatment.

The Primary category of headaches includes migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and less common headaches.

Migraines are generally considered the second most common type of headache. The key characteristics of migraines are a throbbing pain that can be mild or severe. The common lasting time for a migraine is roughly three to four hours per every attack. Unfortunately, the exact cause of migraines has yet to be discovered, although it is suspected that the cause is related to genetics and possibly even abnormal brain activity or neurovascular theory.

Tension headaches are also known by the name “chronic daily” or chronic non progressive head pains. The cause of these headaches is the sort of muscle contraction that can cause mild to moderate prolonged pains.

A cluster headache is characterized by an intense, burning, piercing throbbing pain that remains constant and affects the rear of an eye.

Structural factors in the head or the upper neck are what tend to cause secondary headaches. There are numerous potential causes of secondary headaches such as brain bleeding and brain tumors. Other possible causes range from diseases like meningitis to encephalitis.

Cranial neuralgia headaches are caused by head and upper neck nerve inflammation. This inflammation can cause a wide number of different kinds of headaches such as the facial headache.

In order to treat headaches the most common form of treatment is the use of over the counter, or OTC, pain killers such as ibuprofen or aspirin. If these forms of pain killer should prove ineffective, however, other methods and remedies can be used. For example massages, biofeedback, and stress management techniques are quite popular and effective treatment methods that are commonly used. If headache pain continues to persist even after use of medication and other remedies then it strongly recommended that you seek medical attention in order to find the root cause of the headaches.

It also needs to be said that some headaches and migraines can be caused by a TMJ disorder. In these cases then a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Goodfellow can diagnose whether a TMJ disorder is likely the cause of the headaches.

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Neck Pain

A TMJ disorder or Temporomandibular joint disorder is a very difficult and elusive condition recognized by the medical community. The standard treatment of this condition is quite complex, and requires a lot of care. Unfortunately, it can be very hard to detect TMJ syndrome, and therefore, it may be left untreated.

In most patients, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, neck pain, dizziness, shoulder pain, earaches and other such problems. Medical Doctors and other health professionals may spend a lot of time treating the symptoms without understanding the underlying cause of the problem.

Many patients keep spending a lot of their money on inappropriate therapy, and don’t experience any positive results. It is difficult and complex to properly diagnose a TMJ disorder, and thus, you need to seek the help of a highly qualified and reputed health professional.

If you want to eliminate various symptoms of TMJ syndrome, you need to focus on a combination of therapies and take an integrated approach towards your treatment plan. A TMJ disorder can be one of the major causes of neck pain.

What are the Symptoms?

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome can cause severe joint pain. It occurs when your disc has been displaced. It can also occur when the surrounding muscles and tendons have been inflamed. Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ syndrome include :

● Severe pain in your neck or head

● Inability to properly close or open your mouth

● A grinding or clenching sound when you open or close the mouth

TMJ Disorder – How Does It Cause Neck Pain?

If you take an uneven bite, the jaws don’t remain in a centered, balanced position. In an uneven bite, only some of your teeth touch the food. In order to bite, swallow or chew food completely, the jaw has to tip. This causes the muscles to stress and overwork. It can lead to some severe damage to your jaw joints connected with the neck and head area. This, in part, can cause neck pain.

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Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is undoubtedly among the most common symptoms of temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorder. The TMJ is located where the skull joins the jaw. The joint can easily qualify as the most complex joint in the body given the fact that it connects an area with plenty of ligaments, muscles and nerves.

The complex nature of the joint compounds the potential for problems considering the joint is one of the most frequently used joints in the entire body. For instance, the joint is used when eating & chewing food, swallowing as well as talking.

Considering a person uses the joint approximately 300 times a day when swallowing, it is easy to see why the joint is among the most frequently used joints in the body. Other activities which engage the temporomandibular joint include teeth clenching which takes place during the day and/or at night.

A person is said to have a TMJ disorder when the protective disc in their jaw dislocates. When this happens, the lower jaw tends to re-position further back. This abnormal positioning of the jaw forces the muscles and ligaments in the region to work harder to maintain jaw stability. The additional stain results in inflammation which in turn causes pain around and in the jaw.

The pain can last for a few months to years attracting more serve symptoms i.e. extreme tension, more inflammation and more pain. In severe cases, individuals with a TMJ disorder may have difficulty eating or even speaking because mouth movements are extremely limited.

TMJ disorders can be treated by a properly trained dentist. Treatment is focused on fixing mis-alignments of the jaw to eliminate strain on soft tissues, muscles and ligaments around the TMJ region. Treatment also reduces inflammation eliminating all TMJ disorder symptoms.

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