Holiday Headaches--A Surprising Look at what could be to Blame

Many complain of headaches during the holiday season. While stress is always a major factor, headaches may be from more than stress. Palmetto Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery sees a sharp increase in TMJD patients with headaches this time of year.
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Dec. 13, 2010 - PRLog -- While the holidays are full of joy, they can also be a stressful time.  From Christmas shopping to party hopping, people find themselves with full schedules this time of year.  Sometimes the rush of the holiday season leaves many with headaches, but it may not be just stress that is solely to blame for holiday headaches.  Dr. Craig Rhyne with Palmetto Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant states, “We see an increased number of patients this time of year suffering from TMJ Disorders.  TMJD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and its symptoms can be directly related to stress.”
Approximately 35 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ problems, with most being women.  Dr. Rhyne explains what TMJ patient’s feel, “Patients usually say they feel a dull aching pain in their jaw or a sharp pain around the ear, jaw popping or clicking, and some complain of headaches.”  These holiday headaches are common for many women this time of year, who are largely responsible for the holiday preparations.  States Dr. Rhyne, “A simple stress headache will come and go.  TMJ related headaches linger.  They can be caused by people clenching or grinding their teeth at night—a common side effect of stress.”
The good news is that once diagnosed, there are treatment options for TMJ and headache free holidays.  States Dr. Rhyne, “At Christmas time, there is a sharp increase in TMJ patients.  The good news is that we can help patients suffering from holiday headaches caused by TMJ.  Coming in for a consultation is the first step.”  For more information about TMJ Disorders and treatment options, log onto

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At Palmetto Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Rhyne, Dr. Shelbourne, and staff go beyond expectations to provide patients with excellent patient care. The oral and maxillofacial surgeons have advanced training in anesthesia, allowing them to perform procedures safely in the comfort of an outpatient office setting.
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