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Hi,
I was just wondering if TMJ could be related to having lupus, since it is a connective tissue.

I have been having problems with my left jaw. I was in an auto accident a good while back. I was hit broadside(driver's door). I had TMJ problems from the accident and went through **** getting it under control.
I am curious if my tmj has become an arthritis thing now from past trauma to the face,neck and back. Or if the past accident is just haunting me,and created arthiritis with time. Having lupus is no help just makes things more complicated. I feel i shouldn't blame everything on lupus but it is confusing as a disease.

Anyone familiar with this stuff?


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Dear Florie,

Is your pain constant, or does it come and go, sort of like the flow of symptoms? I can say only that I had jaw pain in the joint on one side for about 3 wks, then it disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. Nothing was done treatment-wise for my pain. It just left me. I do have migrating pain that settles in one place for a few weeks, then leaves. Many other pains migrate night to night.

It's hard not to connect symptoms with Lupus, especially given the fact that these pains can be a result of inflammation, one of the hallmarks of lupus.

If your pains started with injury and fluctuate, I bet they could be explained by the flares of lupus.

What helps you feel better?

Sorry to go on and on. Just hope you feel some relief soon and that it doesn't require more pain to get there!

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hi. thanks for posting this.

very interesting. i was in the same type of crash. it's not entirely clear yet if i have lupus or some other lupus like illness that doesn't have a name. i had some unusual toxic exposure which caused my illness.

i think mine is a combo of having weak enamel from all the vomiting. and having clamped down muscles from the accident that just won't release like normal muscles.

but who really knows. good luck with your healing. i know how you feel!
 

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oh ps. the dentist gave me a flyer yesterday about what causes TMDs

injuries to jaw or head
diseases of the muscles or joints, such as arthritis
stress

that sounds like a trifecta to me!
 

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Hi, I have something similar, a subluxing shoulder joint, which isn't a connective tissue disorder, but causes the same kind of symptoms. I find that when my shoulder is worse, i guard it, which causes my back to hurt and my neck to also hurt. This is just an idea but maybe because your jaw is hurting, you have adapted the way you use it to be less painful but this is causing other muscles and things to work for it, and therefore hurting them too. I think it is called posture guarding.

Hope you are feeling a bit better
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Hi Florie,

I was diagnosed years back with TMJ Disease (Temporomandibular joint disorder) and i have to wear a mouth sheild at night which is splintered because of having seizures...it's mainly to do with the bones at the side of your ears they really make a hard cracking sound when chewing and your jaw can also lock on you..you should be treated under ENT and yes Lupus can cause this being an autoimmune disease or just happen out the blue but what makes it worse is if you have teeth missing or your jaw line does'nt rest together properly, then that as to be corrected for a start.

It causes swelling of the face, also you face to ache in general besides head and neck...plus with a combination of Lupus it feels such alot worse.:sad:
 

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This is a pretty old thread so I'm going to lock it now.
 
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