Interfering with Brain Function – TMJ and Brain Fog
For decades, health professionals have associated memory problems with chronic pain. Now, a new study out of Portugal appears to have shown the reason why. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research showed that chronic pain has the power to inhibit normal cognitive function by disrupting how our brain regions cooperate to store short-term memories.
To reach their findings, the researchers utilized rats to show that unrelenting pain can “overwhelm” important brain regions that work to create memories. In the end, this pain caused the rats to under-perform in mazes that demanded memory recall. When you can’t think clearly, many people call this sensation a brain fog. With this study, it shows that chronic pain can inhibit cognitive function which means TMJ can cause brain fog.