The existence of Lyme disease in Australia remains controversial. Although there has officially been no evidence to support the existence of Lyme disease in Australia, many people continue to report symptoms, and an ongoing study being conducted by the University of Sydney hopes to shed light on other potential explanations for the disease.
But there is one condition we know is present in Australia that can explain many symptoms associated with Lyme disease: TMJ.
Symptoms TMJ Shares with Lyme Disease
One of the things that TMJ has in common with Lyme disease is that both conditions have a wide range of symptoms. Many of the symptoms overlap with one another, including:
- Jaw pain or stiffness
- Neck pain
- Facial muscle pain and spasms
- Unexplained dental problems
- Ear pain
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vertigo and balance problems
If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to be evaluated for TMJ.
TMJ Is Often Missed by Doctors
Another thing that TMJ has in common with Lyme disease in Australia is that many sufferers are told by their doctors that symptoms are “all in their head.” Many doctors are looking for other explanations for common conditions like a headache and miss the vital connections that the jaw has with other systems in the body.
Many people with TMJ tell us that they have been trying unsuccessfully to get treatment for years, and are delighted to find out that relief really is possible.