When people are forced to live with chronic pain, they experience a serious reduction in life quality. In fact, the reduction can be so significant, it may force some to take drastic measures.
A new study suggests that chronic pain may cause some people to take their own lives, especially when they aren’t able to clearly identify the source cause. Appearing in the journal of JAMA Psychiatry, the research involved data related to just over 4,800,000 patients who had received care in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System from 2004 to 2005. After reviewing the medical records associated with each patient, the researchers found that subjects were more prone to committing suicide when they suffered from lingering pain.
Is All Pain the Same?
Interestingly, while the study did link unrelenting pain with an increased risk of suicide; it also found that certain types of pain were more problematic than others. Based on their results, researchers determined that having treatable pain did not appear to raise a person’s risk of suicide. On the other hand, when patients suffered from pain which appeared to have no source cause, they were more prone to committing suicide, thanks in part to limited treatment options.
How it Applies to TMD
When people suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), they may experience a host of seemingly unrelated symptoms that can appear to have no singular cause. This may lead people to believe they are suffering from other problems, when they are actually experiencing TMD.
If you are suffering from intense headaches, jaw pain, facial tenderness, tinnitus, jaw popping and/or chewing difficulties, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder. Fortunately, Dr. Strickland and Dr. Reeves can give you a thorough, professional evaluation that will determine whether you are suffering from TMD. If you receive a positive diagnosis, they can also offer an effective treatment plan that will provide permanent relief. To learn more, contact their office today.