There are several ways to help your TMJ migraines go away

blog-migrainesTMJ migraine pain can be as debilitating as any migraine pain you will experience. Do you have throbbing pain on one side of your head or eye? Are you dealing with sensitivity to light accompanied with nausea and pain? Does your muscle tension cause pain in your jaw and face?

Living with all this pain can begin to affect not only your personal life but also cause complications for you at work. There are a few ways to prevent your headaches and relieve your pain.

Managing your migraines

Relief from your TMJ migraine pain can feel allusive to you some days, but it does not have to be. There are several easy techniques to help relieve your pain. Taking control of your pain can help ease the stress associated with your symptoms.

  1. First, remove yourself from any situation that is stressful. Stress is the culprit that triggers several systemic diseases.
  2. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can sometimes give you relief. Medications with caffeine help the body absorb medicine quicker. If these medications do not work for you, your doctor may suggest stronger medications like a narcotic or muscle relaxant to avert a full-blown migraine.
  3. Lie down and rest in a very quiet room, free from odors and light. Keep your windows blackened out with black-out draperies.
  4. Cover your eyes with a cool damp cloth also helps block out light.
  5. While supporting your neck and head, place a cold or hot compress against the back of your neck. Alternating between cold and hot compresses every 15 minutes aids your TMJ migraine symptoms. Cold eases inflammation and reduces pain. Heat reduces muscle tension to increase the blood flow in the effective area. Using both hot and cold during a painful episode can be very helpful.
  6. When you feel like moving again, try massaging your neck, and temples. Having someone massage your shoulders and back can help for greater relief.
  7. Drink lots of water to ward off dehydration. Dehydration is known to cause headaches.
  8. Enjoy a small cup of strong coffee. The caffeine can help your headache. Be cautious though because caffeine can cause a rebound headache due to caffeine withdrawal. Heavy coffee drinkers should not have the coffee because caffeine can be the cause of your headaches.
  9. Stop smoking. Smokers are known to suffer from frequent headaches and migraines. You need slow down or quit smoking if you do.
  10. Stand up straight and learn to sit correctly at your compute. It helps to keep you from tensing up which could affect your TMJ migraines.
  11. Try yawning. This action takes the tension out of your jaw muscles.
  12. Get help from your dentist. TMJ is caused by a misaligned bit. Your dentist can determine what’s affecting your jaw alignment and prescribe a treatment to resolve the issue.
  13. Relax!Learning how to relax, stretch, and massage the muscles to relieve the tension in your face muscles helps with TMJ.
    1. Learn Yoga. Starting an exercise program can help reduce stress. Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and yoga has specific movements to target specific muscle groups.
    2. Try simple relaxation techniques. Tighten then release each muscle from your toes up to your shoulder one by one. Follow up to the torso, to your stomach muscles, move on to the shoulders and then stretch your neck. Using techniques like these can relieve some of the strain and tension in your body.

Get lasting relief

Finding ways to deal with your TMJ migraines may take some time and effort.  The best way to find lasting relief is to chat with your dentist about your migraines. He or she can provide answers and options to help alleviate some of your pain. You can also learn more about TMJ by downloading our e-book.