We have treated numerous patients who thought they had migraine type headaches, who actually had muscular (or tension type) headache, usually due to clenching of their teeth.
Here are some clues that your migraine may not be a true migraine at all:
- Often have daily headaches
- Often wake with a headache
- Migraine medications like Zomig and Imitrex don't "abort" the headache
- Advil or Excedrin help your headaches
- You are aware of clenching your teeth or have been told that you do
- Your headaches are usually in your temples, behind your eyes or in the back of your head
- You have had success with Botox injections
A DENTAL APPLIANCE CALLED THE NTI-TSS IS APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR USE IN THE PROPHYLACTIC TREATMENT OF MEDICALLY DIAGNOSED MIGRAINE PAIN AS WELL AS MIGRAINE ASSOCIATED TENSION TYPE HEADACHES.
We have personally treated many patients with this appliance and successfully reduced or eliminated their headaches, even when other medical treatments have failed.
In the last few years, research has shown that selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as:
…may cause clenching and grinding of the teeth in patients who have never done this before and will increase these behaviors in those known to clench or grind their teeth.
THIS SIDE EFFECT IS RELATIVELY UNKNOWN TO PHYSICIANS
If your jaw pain/headache symptoms started a few weeks to a month or two after you started taking an SSRI medication, suspect that this might be related.