Since my TMJ diagnosis, I have been doing a lot of reading about it. I want to learn everything I can to improve my chances of healing enough to make it comfortably through each day. As part of my research, I have discovered several things. Some of these things I already knew, but some I have learned along the way...
Helpful Tips for researching about TMJ online:
-Don't trust everything you read
-Make sure a site has legitimate and trustworthy sources
-Wikipedia is NOT a good source for anything (personal opinion here)
-If it says "cure", keep going... TMJ cannot be cured; the symptoms can be manageable with the right treatment
-Websites with a .org are typically reliable sources of information, but occasionally you will find a bad egg
-After reading enough different websites, you realize they contain a lot of the same information
-Sometimes talking to other people going through the same thing is the best research you can get
Websites I have found helpful:
- TMJ Hope - I love this site
- LIVESTRONG - A selection of articles about TMJ health, eating, treatments, relief, and more - TMJ Non-Profit - A patient advocacy organization
- JJAMD - Jaw Joints & Allied Musculo-Skeletal Disorders Foundation
- AAOMS - American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- AAO-HNS - American Association of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
I am sure there are many more sites out there on the information superhighway and as I find credible ones, I will update this post. I am searching for sites with exercises, stretching, yoga, etc that focus on helping people withTMJ. I am also searching for sites with recipes for people who have TMJ (more than the above sites - like TMJ Hope and LIVESTRONG - have on their pages). If you're reading this and have any suggested sites for my list, leave a comment and I will look into it.
Thought of the Day: "You affect the world by what you browse." - Tim Berners-Lee
Well, let's hope that is true. Maybe we can help bring a little more light and understanding to not just TMJ, but to all invisible illnesses/disorders/diseases.