Do you experience migraine symptoms? It might be your jaw!

migraineDo you experience frequent migraines? If you do, you know how painful migraines can be and how they can interfere with every aspect of your life. Moreover, it is not uncommon for you to spend a great deal of time and money trying to find out why you are suffering from migraines, only to come up with no real answers.

What exactly is a migraine? A migraine is much more than a headache. It is characterized by intense pain that affects a certain part of the head and is often accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea or dizziness. Some people experience ringing in the years. Many people cannot tolerate light or sound. Still others are unable to tolerate movement in any fashion while they are experiencing a migraine.

Why is a migraine different than a regular headache?

Migraine symptoms vary somewhat from one person to the next. However, many of the symptoms are practically universal. If you suffer from migraines you are likely to experience an intense pain that is nothing like a traditional headache. You may also find that you are extremely sensitive to even the slightest of sounds and that you have to be completely still in a room that is totally dark. You may also feel sick to your stomach.

A migraine is much more severe than a headache. It is something that has the capability of completely impairing you to the point that you cannot complete your daily tasks no matter how hard you try. A regular headache typically involves taking some over the counter pain reliever and going on about your daily activities. This is not possible if you suffer from migraines. Moreover, migraines involve additional symptoms such as nausea and ringing in the ears.

Your jaw could be the cause of your migraine (TMJ)

One factor that is often overlooked is the possibility that your migraine pain could be resulting from your jaw. This condition, better known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ, involves pain surrounding the joints of the jaw. This may be the cause of your migraines, especially if your TMJ is the result of joint issues that cause pinched nerves which could result in migraine headaches. If this is the case, you may consider visiting a San Jose/Los Gatos dentist in order to relieve your migraine pain. This is especially true if you have tried other methods of relief and failed to find help for your migraines.

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