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Hi, Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you so much for your question.

I was not able to find any link between Friedreich's Ataxia and TMJ, but I can understand why you would ask the question, since both involve movement of areas of the body.

But as I understand them, Friedreich's Ataxia is a disease that causes progressive damage to the nerve system, while TMJ is located solely in the joint that connects our upper jaw with our lower jaw. Friedreich's Ataxia is an inherited condition; doctors are not sure of all the reasons that TMJ happens, but the TMJ.org page says it can be caused by:
--injuries to the jaw area
--various forms of arthritis
--dental procedures
--genetic predisposition
--hormonal influence
--low-level infections
--auto-immune diseases
--stretching of the jaw as occurs with inserting a breathing tube before surgery
--clenching or grinding of the teeth.

We have an EmpowHer conditions page on Friedrich's Ataxia:


How old is your son? How long ago was the TMJ diagnosed? Did he have a fall or any other of the above possible causes?

Here's the page where I got my Friedreich's Ataxia information:


And here's the TMJ.org site:


With a page on the limited treatment possibilities:


What are your son's doctors recommending? Is he in chronic pain, and is that being treated?

May 14, 2010 - 9:21am


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