Because of my TMJD, I suffer a dull, aching pain in my face and jaws, neck and shoulder pain and sometimes have discomfort chewing my food. Doctors have told me the reason for my headaches, bruxism and TMJD is stress as they are unable to find anything physically wrong with me. Even my chronic heartburn can be attributed to stress as even when I cut out any trigger foods (i.e. fried or spicy dishes, caffeine, alcohol, etc.) I still suffer from it. These signs and symptoms of stress are present often due to the fact that I manage my stress poorly. My sister, who as previously mentioned suffers similar symptoms as I do, manages her stress more efficiently as she does not suffer them as often. Through exercise and taking several vacations throughout the year, she can combat certain symptoms of stress. I, on the other hand, have not yet found an effective way of dealing with my stress issues and symptoms; therefore, I am constantly fighting an emotional and physical battle. Hopefully, regular exercise and keeping a journal, both of which I have started doing again, will help me manage my stress better thus reducing any signs and symptoms I am suffering from.
Both my husband and I are short people, so looking a chart of healthy weights for our stature, we certainly borderline obese. Obesity, defined as a body mass index of 30 or greater, increases the risk of