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Why do I need Dr. Steed for my TMJ problem?
Since 1984 Dr. Steed has limited her practice to patients with TMJ disorders.  Through her graduate training, she is uniquely qualified to diagnose elusive symptoms pertaining to TMJ. 

If I had ear pain but my ear exam is negative and antibiotics were ineffective, could I have a TMJ Disorder?
Since the TMJ is located immediately in front of the ears frequent TMJ disorder symptoms include ear pain, jaw pain, ear stuffiness, light headedness, ringing of the ears, or a combination of these symptoms.  Dr. Steed works closely with many healthcare providers including Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors.

Although I don't have migraine headaches, I have daily chronic low grade headaches.  Could this be part of a TMJ problem?
Muscle contraction headaches often cause daily chronic low grade headaches.  If a TMJ disorder is present it can cause daily muscle contraction headaches. 

My jaw joints often pop and click and sometimes they will catch so I can't open my mouth all the way.  Are these signs of TMJ Disorders?
Most often the first signs of TMJ Disorders involve popping/clicking of one or both TMJs.  As the disorder progresses or if trauma to the jaw occurs, locking and catching is frequently found.

I have arthritis in many of my joints.  Could I develop arthritis in my TMJs?
Osteoarthritis can be found in the TMJs if the problem is long term or caused by trauma.  If a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, it can often be found in the TMJs as well. 

For years I have suffered with fibromyalgia and now my jaws and face hurt.  Could the fibromyalgia be related to this as a TMJ Disorder?
Yes. many connective tissue disorders such as fibromyalgia can result in a TMJ Disorder. 

If I have a TMJ Disorder, do I have to have surgery?
Less than 2% of TMD patients are surgical candidates.