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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (10) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (3)

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (18) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for temporomandibular joint syndrome (4 evaluations)
Side effects
gastric ulcer stomach pain
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness hyperactivity
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (10) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness disorientation 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux heartburn 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating depressed mood 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (8) depressed mood (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 4
20s 123
30s 295
40s 440
50s 403
60s 222
70+ 31
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 350
20-29 years 257
30-39 years 184
40-49 years 103
50-59 years 32
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 94
Female 1420

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1102
Not Diagnosed 87

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