According to a YouGov poll facilitated in the UK during Migraine Awareness Week, sixty-four percent of adults believe their employers don’t understand the nature of migraines and its effects on staff.

Those who suffer from migraines recognize their severity. At their worst, migraines can be accompanied by symptoms of nausea or vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, movement or smell, and may last hours or sometimes days.

With symptoms like this, often migraines will affect work relationships or job performance. Taking sick days or leaving earlier might be the only option when attacks come, but can carry heavy repercussions.

Several interviewed by the nonprofit, The Migraine Trust, recall employers threatening to fire them because of how migraines affected their work performance. This isn’t just a problem in the UK, many people in the US have had their job threatened or actually been fired for their migraines. Finding an effective treatment for migraines can significantly improve both your personal and professional life.

A young woman holding her head because of a headache

Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis?

One of the major difficulties affecting the diagnosis and eventual treatment of migraines is that often headaches are a symptom of something else. For example, high-blood pressure, underlying central nervous disorders, irregularities in the brain’s blood vessel system, or even TMJ can cause migraines or migraine-like symptoms.

A recent study conducted by the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine found that headaches related to TMJ were often misdiagnosed. Worse, misdiagnosis or mistreatment can lead to complications such as opioid addiction.

Are Migraines linked to TMJ?

Because migraines are notoriously difficult to study and diagnose, the connection hasn’t been fully discovered. It is likely, however, that there is a strong correlation between TMJ and migraines. The possibility of a causal link to migraines has been associated with the trigeminal nerve in the jaw. Overstimulation of this nerve is a likely culprit for headaches and migraine-like symptoms.

Treating TMJ May Help

If you’re struggling to treat your headaches it’s time to schedule an appointment. A strong method for preventing migraines is to address the pain at its source, and treating TMJ may help. Several TMJ treatments have proven to effectively cure headaches.

Having regular headaches at work could be significantly impairing your quality of life, and could even put your job in jeopardy. To avoid trouble at work or trouble at home, it’s time to do something.

We offer TMJ treatment to track down the cause of your condition. Simple, noninvasive drug-free treatments can stop your TMJ and alleviate symptoms. If you’re tired of being limited by headaches, please call (907) 349-0022 for an appointment with an Anchorage TMJ dentist at Excellence in Dentistry.