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Lyme Disease misdiagnosed as TMJ

John: The Importance of Education

Jul 14, 2010

John is a former Professor of Finance at American University in Washington D.C. He is married and has three children. The unpredictable nature of his TMJ symptoms put a strain on his family. In the Fall of 2001, John began to seek relief from TMJ pain–ultimately spending well over $10,000 on treatments that were ineffective.

Finally, in January 2005, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection that caused TMJ issues. The antibiotic protocols which were prescribed to treat the Lyme disease alleviated John’s TMJ problems. As a result of his experience with a systemic illness, John has become a strong advocate for medical research.

John Benjamin wrote: “In my quest for answers, I have gained great insight into the lack of science underlying TMJ treatments as well as the lack of understanding of these conditions. Interdisciplinary research is desperately needed to understand what today we call “TMJ.” I regret that I endured years of suffering, needless dental treatments, and spent thousands of dollars only to learn that I had a systemic underlying illness that caused my TMJ problems. If it had not been for The TMJ Association, I would have had TMJ surgery—a surgery I didn’t need, that would not have addressed the causes of the jaw pain, and which could have caused me more harm.

The TMJ Association is the leading resource for information on TMJ diseases and disorders. Through our publications, educational meetings, and patient support network, the Association reaches out to people, such as John, and provides them guidance in making their healthcare decisions. The needs and concerns of TMJ patients shape the Association’s daily activities and mission.

  Posted 7/17/2011 7:15 PM (GMT -7)
i seem to have all of those except a few, seizures and tremours.. abnormal ecg, sexual dysfunction, hair loss, weight gain and obviously the gender specific ones. and can add a couple on there such as strange fainting attacks with loss of vision and feeling like i’m rocking back and forth during.
dental pain is also pretty big that i never knew was connected- i just had a major dental operation on all wisdoms which floored me compeltely, and nothing has improved- i have to wear a mouthguard..
i am waiting for results on monday, previously these symptoms have lead to a reluctant(of the doctor, a previous one) diagnosis of CFS.

perhaps i can take this to the doctor at least, of course only 1-5 of those isn’t much of a help diagnosing, but most of them must mean something even if its not the serverest case. i have a feeling since i’ve barely seen this doctor i won’t have to win him over or anything.Post Edited (theodor) : 7/17/2011 8:18:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/17/2011 10:05 PM (GMT -7)
It’s common for Lyme patients to have TMJ, to grind teeth, and to have dental issues.  Ammonia is left in the mouth as a result of Lyme, the presence of Lyme in the body can contribute to awakening genes that cause the expression of the dozens of dormant bacteria in cavitations and root canals resulting in chronic symptoms and diseases.

I’m a music teacher, and not a doctor. Anything I post is based on my own experience and lay opinion.
Lyme, Babesiosis, Mycoplasma (Asthma), Fibromyalgia (Soft Tissue Injury), Costochondritis,
CFS (Mitochondrial Dysfunction), IBS (Candida & Leaky Gut), Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Adrenal Fatigue,
ITP (Low Platelets), TMJ, Plantar Fasciitis, Schamberg Purpura, Tinnitis, Allergies, MCS

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   Posted 7/18/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -7)
HERE’S exactly what I’m looking for! It’s called a “Bayesian model for diagnosis of patients suspected of Lyme disease”.

I wonder if it’s ever been completed and tested? It looks perfect…….

Anyone have any info on this?