Temporomandibular Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, is characterized by pain in the jaw. The pain may be accompanied by popping or clicking noises, as well as a restricted range of movement.

While these symptoms are what most people would expect to produce a TMJ disorder diagnosis, there are many unexpected symptoms also. If you experience any of the following you may have undiagnosed TMJ.

Muscle Spasms

According to Health Facty, TMJ can cause muscle spasms. This is due to the muscles surrounding the Temporomandibular Joint becoming over-stretched. Once stretched too far, a sharp contraction of the muscles will cause a spasm. This may be small and unnoticeable, or more serious.

Pain or Ringing in the Ears

The Mayo Clinic’s website states a common yet overlooked symptom of TMJ is pain or ringing in the ears. This arises due to the ear being located so close to the affected jaw joint. Pain from the jaw radiates outwards to the ear, causing a dull ache or sharp but intermittent stabbing.

It isn’t certain why TMJ causes ringing in the ears – a medical anomaly known as Tinnitus. It may be due to pressure around the joint which radiates outwards with the pain, pinched nerves, or a combination of the two.

Pain or Pressure Behind the Eyes

Although it is not a common occurrence, a few rare individuals experience pressure behind the eyes. The feeling is similar to that of a sinus infection and is always presented with other symptoms. The discomfort slowly gets better and eventually goes away when the TMJ is treated.


Medicine Net tells us that tension-type headaches are a common symptom of TMJ. A few sufferers may also experience full-blown migraines. These painful maladies often occur with stress, which can be a byproduct of long-lasting pain.

If you having any of these signs along with pain in your jaw, contact us today for an evaluation.