Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 355–363 | Cite as

The relationship of temporomandibular disorders and fibromyalgia: Implications for diagnosis and treatment

  • James R. Fricton


Although most cases of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are mild and self-limiting, approximately 10% of patients develop severe disorders associated with chronic pain. It has been found that the widespread pain, depression, and sleep disorders associated with fibromyalgia (FM) may play a significant role in the chronicity of patients with TMD. This paper reviews the characteristics and relationship between TMD and FM and discusses how the similar mechanisms and diagnostic and treatment strategies for both disorders suggest that there is a close relationship between them.


Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Muscle Fiber Type Myofascial Pain Widespread Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Fricton
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  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic and Surgical SciencesUniversity of Minnesota School of DentistryMinneapolisUSA

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