A new research claims that there is a link between a maxillary condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and chronic headaches. Scientists believe that it is a condition which may be related with the disease in a part of the cases since they detected a connection between the two, which indicates the severity and frequency of head designations may be higher in people suffering from this condition.
The study revealed that patients suffering from chronic headaches, which is when they occur more than 15 times a month, are 3 times more likely to suffer from TMD than those who suffer from headaches sporadically.
Temporomandibular junction acts as a connection between the maxillar and the skull, and about 30 percent of the adult population suffers from a type of pain when moving the jaw. Symptoms of TMD may involve joint pain, limited jaw movements, jaw cracking, and muscle pain that can be felt along the neck.
Although it is believed that TMD may have a connection between stress and speech exaggeration and consequent excessive movement of the jaw, a link between this and headaches has already been investigated, but for the first time, a link has been proven between the TMD and as chronic headaches.
Patients suffering from chronic headaches experience them at least half of the month, and over a period of 3 months. In the study there were 84 women, about 30 years of age, of whom 21 were patients suffering from chronic headaches, 31 of punctual headaches and 32 who had no previously history of headaches.
These data will probably help researchers to develop drugs that achieve the most efficient way for patients suffering from chronic headaches.