Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) are a complex and poorly understood set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and/or surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements.images-3.jpeg

 

Scientists have found that 85% of patients with TMJ
also experience painful conditions in other parts of the body. These comorbid conditions include:chronic fatigue syndrome

  • chronic headache
  • endometriosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • interstitial cystitis
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • low back pain
  • sleep disorders

TMD can affect your ability to chew and swallow foods and limit how wide you can open your mouth. If you also experience IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, wind, diarrhoea/constipation; then the Low FODMAP Diet can be adapted for you.

The low FODMAP diet is used in the short-term to identify problem foods, followed by a re-introduction phase of higher FODMAP foods in order to normalise the diet as much as possible. For this reason working with a dietitian is very important.

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