How do other illnesses affect TMJ?

Some conditions can predispose you to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. You're at higher risk if you have  rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or sleep disorders. TMJ can also be caused by jaw deformities, poor dental work, and tooth grinding (bruxism).

Having arthritis and fibromyalgia may increase a person's risk of developing temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder. Arthritis is a degenerative disease that can inflame and damage the joints. If arthritis impairs the temporomandibular joint, TMJ can result. Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by chronic pain. It, too, can lead to TMJ.

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