We’ll be publishing the results next week – stay tuned!
What do you think? What types of weather make your TMJ disorder worse? Do you think one type of weather is more painful than another?
Does one type of pain get worse with a particular type of weather? for example, do you get a migraine when it rains, and your jaw pain is worse when the temperature drops?
yes weather does make a difference in my pain. I have found that when the barometer does a major change in a quick period of time it can make my migraines worse & harder for medicine to control. And through the years i have discovered that cold weather will make my jaw ache terribly. If i have to be out in the cold for any length of time, i find that i’m clenching my jaw. I try my best to loosen it up, but it does not matter. That night afer having to be out in the cold, I’m told I grind my teeth alot in my sleep and the next day its very tight & sore and I’m not able to open my mouth as wide as usual. Because of this, I pretty much stay inside all winter now.
@ChrissyHarman That’s interesting – so for you the major issues are 1) the pressure dropping and 2) cold… I wonder if we will hear from anyone who has issues with heat.. it seems like more people have issues with the cold. I wonder if this is because heat loosens joints up, and cold tends to make them tight. Thanks for your comment! 🙂
I also agree that cold weather can make pain and headaches worse. I think it has to do with the way in which our bodies respond to cold such as shaking, shivering or chattering teeth. It’s an automatic response system to regulate our body temperatures so naturally it’s difficult to stop or control. When we shiver, our muscles are contracting and expanding quickly to generate heat, which uses a lot of energy and caues tightening in jaw muscles. Using recharable heat packs like Wonder Warmers around your neck or secured up higher with a scarf can be helpful when you know you’ll be out in the cold for a prolonged period of time.
I have tried 3 times now to fill out the form to help try out things for TMJ. It keeps saying needs a value where you answer if you have had surgerys. I’ve had 14.
@Jen_Taylor69 Jen, I’m not sure why that is happening, I’m sorry. Why don’t you email me instead? The contact page is here: http://www.tmjhope.org/about/contact-us/
@Jen_Taylor69 That happened to me too…
The cold weather makes everything worse…lol…My jaw joints tighten and the muscle stiffness and heachaches resurface more frequently as well…