Q: Dr. Sheehan, I am 26 years old, and I have had symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) the last 5 years after chewing trauma on the sides of my mouth. Raw milk seems to relax my mouth muscles considerably but anytime I take solid food the problem persists (although much less painful than in the past). It makes my life constantly miserable, and sometimes I get migraine headaches and clicking sound (like electrostatic charge) if I chew on larger meals. I would appreciate any advice to correct this condition.
A: Fortunately, there is help available for your condition. I have seen similar conditions improve with a combination of manual treatments to the TMJ and cervical spine, myofascial release to break up scar tissue, and a targeted nutritional program that usually includes calcium, vitamin D and essential fatty acids. Seek out a competent holistic practitioner to assist you, and good luck!