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What is TMJ pain?

First things first. TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint. When referring to TMJ pain, this usually means pain at the temporo-mandibular joint. TMJ pain can also be labelled TMD or TMJD meaning temporo-mandibular dysfunction/disorder or temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction/disorder respectively. Ok, so for the rest of this article I will use TMJ to mean the joint and TMJD to mean the dysfunction or pain. People will often just say they have TMJ (meaning pain), but technically if someone says “I have TMJ” you could easily say, “yes, and so does every other human and most mammals (i think)”, as this just means they have a temporo-mandibular joint. But that is being really pedantic and annoyi

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