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My son has Friedrichs ataxia and I was wondering if TMJ is linked to this also what can be done for TMJ

By Anonymous May 13, 2010 - 8:28am
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I'm glad there was no fall involved. But I'm sure that figuring out the next steps are difficult for all involved. What treatment has your dentist recommended? Medicine, exercises, supplements?

Here's a page of treatment suggestions for temporomandibular disorders that may help:


And this page also had some holistic suggestions:


Does your dentist specialize in TMJ? Some do. Have you asked your son's ataxia doctor about the TMJ?

May 17, 2010 - 8:37am

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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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

My son is 26 years old. He has had issues since about 18 months old. His condition is slowly deteriating. He has not had any falls or any of the other issues that u have posted. The dentist thought because of the ataxia that affects the nerves and or muscles that that might be causing the tmj.

May 14, 2010 - 9:37am
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