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#284808 06/15/21 12:22 PM
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Anyone have issues with their jaw joints?

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jrprusak #284809 06/15/21 01:08 PM
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I do, from time to time. It isn't constant. I also frequently suffer from vertigo, which I think is related, although the doctors don't seem to understand how it's all connected. For what it's worth, dentists have the best equipment to image that area of the body. My dentist has told me to come in anytime I'm experiencing a flare in that area so she can xray me and try to catch it on imaging.

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jrprusak #284810 06/15/21 05:42 PM
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Hello, jrprusak:

When my AS was active I had TMJ pain and usually the inflammation made it impossible to close my mouth. It was not symmetrically oriented; usually one side would be worse than the other. Unable to open very wide and unable to close fully. Moderately common in AS. I have some damage now that results in occasional "clicking," but haven't had any inflammation there for many years.

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jrprusak #284811 06/15/21 08:42 PM
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I don't personally have this issue. however, it can be related to AS & meds.

'There are secondary effects of drug therapy that may cause dry mouth, infection or jaw bone degeneration. Secondary osteoporosis can even affect the jaw bone and the joint that allows movement of the mandible.'

https://spondylitis.org/spondylitis-plus/ankylosing-spondylitis-and-dentistry/

The author/dentist of this article is also a support group leader. his contact information is on this page: https://spondylitis.org/resources-support/support-resources/support-groups/bridgewater/

Hope this is helpful,


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