Tips to get us past “The Winter Blues” Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD): I’m sure you all have heard of it before. It comes with many names: winter blues, cabin fever, winter rut. It’s characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that… Read More »Tips for Winter Blues
If you’ve been a part of a pain support group, Facebook page, or have read a blog by a chronic pain patient, you have probably seen comments discussing the weather and pain. Here at TMJ Hope, our Facebook page frequently contains comments from patients who are going through a rough flare-up, and many times they mention the weather being a factor. So we wondered…. does weather really make jaw pain worse? or is it just an old wive’s tale? Here is what we found…
559 chronic pain patients in four cities were surveyed by Dr. Robert N. Jamison and colleagues at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. The findings revealed that “weather affects pain no matter where people live”. Dr. Jamison said, “the findings suggest that our bodies adjust to local climate and when changes happen in that climate, we react to them with an increase in pain.” He went on to further explain, “If you spend two weeks in Florida sipping pina coladas, you may feel a lot less pain than you did shoveling snow at home in Boston. But if you move to Florida, and your body adjusts to that climate, when the temperature drops, you may hurt just as much as you did when the weather changed in Boston.”
The take home here is that, possibly, instead of searching for a warm dry climate (like we’ve always thought), you should instead stay where you are (since your body has already adjusted) or look for an area that has a constant climate – one that does not change often.
Out of all the questions & comments we receive here at TMJ Hope, one in particular stands out. Why have hope? What exactly is there to be hopeful for? When you have chronic pain, sometimes it is difficult to think too far in the future.… Read More »Interview with Dr. Truelove – People Who Give Us Hope
Click the image to see the larger, more readable version! Not satisfied with the amount of awareness around TMJ disorder? Either are we. Let’s spread the word. Talk about it with everyone. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, friend, postwoman/man, your kid’s teacher, your hairdresser –… Read More »How Does TMJ Disorder Compare to Other Chronic Health Conditions? We Break Down the Statistics
Congratulations to our week two winners! Thermalon – Linda Sunbeam Heating Pad – Lorelei TMJ Healing Plan Book – Nicole C. Blender Bottle & Click Protein Drink – Becky W. Mintiva – Laurie S. SleepRight Pillow – Kim Lifetime Medical Organizer – M. Jeni’s Ice… Read More »TMJ Hope's 30 Days of Hope Giveaway Winners Week Two!
Congratulations to our week two winners! Thermalon – Linda Sunbeam Heating Pad – Lorelei TMJ Healing Plan Book – Nicole C. Blender Bottle & Click Protein Drink – Becky W. Mintiva – Laurie S. SleepRight Pillow – Kim Lifetime Medical Organizer – M. Jeni’s Ice… Read More »TMJ Hope’s 30 Days of Hope Giveaway Winners Week Two!
The Lifetime Medical Organizer provides you with the essentials to help you get started with recording your medical information. It will guide you through the chapters, and help you record things like your emergency telephone numbers, doctor contact information, medication information and schedules, family medical… Read More »Lifetime Medical Organizer – 30 Days of Hope – Week Two
The Thermalon Heat Compress features convenient ties and is specially contoured to apply moist heat to the facial area. You can also freeze it for cold therapy. We can see this being great for TMJ disorder patients – for headaches, muscle spasms, facial pain, etc. Plus,… Read More »Thermalon Moist Heat Compress – 30 Days of Hope Giveaway – Week Two
Congratulations to our week one winners! Immersion blender – Terrie S. Theracane – Kathy Book – Lauren Blender Bottle & T-Shirt – Michelle M. Mintiva – MissKimmm Buckwheat Pillow – Melisa We’ll be contacting each of you via email to get your addresses. Thanks so… Read More »Week One Winners!
Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs 2/3 cup bread crumbs – seasoned 2 teaspoons dried minced onion (or fresh would be fine too!) 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sage 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef (or your preferred type of ground… Read More »The Ultimate Soft, TMJ Friendly Food – Crockpot Meatloaf!