TMJ disorders are often called the Great Imposter and an excellent article that is a must read for anyone suffering from headaches or TMJ disorders can be found at Sleep and Health Journal. The article "SUFFER NO MORE: DEALING WITH THE GREAT IMPOSTOR" can be viewed @
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Dr Ira Shapira working with Page 1 Solutions created I HATR HEADACHES! as a resource for TMJ and headache sufferers. It is time to confront your pain and get on with your life. Dr Shapira is also the creator of I HATE CPAP! LLC which created http://www.ihatecpap.com a site which has helped thousands and thousands of patients who could not tolerate CPAP comfortable oral appliances that treat snoring and sleep apnea, a major cause of Morning Headaches.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institute of Health has recognized sleep apnea as a TMJ disorder. The NHLBI report is a must read for any and all patients who suffer from TMJ disorders, Headaches of any kind, TMJ disorders or Sleep Apnea. "CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS " can be viewed @ http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
"Mandibular Movements, Upper Airway Resistance, Breathing and Swallowing"
There appears to an associated increase in coughing in subjects with sleep apnea. Occlusion of the pharynx can force residual secretions into the glottis and trigger coughing reflexes, swallowing reflexes, and other reflexes that could contribute to the disorganization of breathing during sleep. In addition to the muscles of mastication, the tongue plays an important role in the coordinated events of swallowing and breathing. The integration of breathing and swallowing is tightly linked, and these events in turn are in some manner linked to blood pressure regulation. Each of these pathways has been studied by scientists in individual disciplines, but there is a need for interdisciplinary studies to determine the interactions of the peripheral and central neural pathways controlling breathing, chewing, swallowing, and cardiovascular events. The presence of pain in patients with TMD would be expected to seriously impact upon these reflex and motor pathways. Little is known about the role of tongue position and how this may be altered in subjects with altered jaw location and structure. Sleep state has been shown to alter the central modulation of the coordination of breathing, airway dynamics, swallowing, and associated cardiovascular events. Differences in central modulation of these events in subjects with sleep apnea and TMD need to be evaluated using sleep as a dynamic change in the state of the individual. Cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, respiratory and swallowing alterations in awake and sleeping subjects need to be studied in a systematic manner in both in animal models and human subjects."
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