Temporomandibular joint syndrome

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What is temporomandibular joint syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint disorder includes several subtypes involving the mandibular joint of the jaw. It results in dysfunction or limitations in motion causing significant pain and impairment. The 3 variants of TMJ include muscle disorders, joint derangement, and degenerative joint disorders.

Common symptoms reported by people with temporomandibular joint syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with temporomandibular joint syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Pain (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20) Fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (10) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Insomnia (13)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (10) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
10

Data from patients with temporomandibular joint syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with temporomandibular joint syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Chronic constipation 11 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Grogginess 9 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Pain (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (20) Fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Eye irritation 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for temporomandibular joint syndrome (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Nausea
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Depressed mood 14 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (10) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Amnesia Drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (13)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Hyperactivity
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (10) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with temporomandibular joint syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has temporomandibular joint syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 118
30s 279
40s 408
50s 357
60s 171
70+ 20
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 330
20-29 years 245
30-39 years 183
40-49 years 102
50-59 years 29
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

94% Female
6% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,010
Not Diagnosed 85

These charts show data from TMJ syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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