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retro orbitar pains, occipital cephalalgias
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To correctly understand this heading:
Remember that any stressed person who continuously clenches his teeth can elicite remote pain and associated dyscomforts from teeth (which are not only painful organs but also tactile one like the thumb and the index in opposite situation)
If You are interested the scientifical data are shown lower.
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- global cephalalgias
- frontal cephalalgias
- occipital cephalalgias
- atypical migraines
- sinusalgias
- otalgias (without infection)
- maxillar & sub-maxillar pains
- retro-orbitar pains

Comment :

Patients with teeth and jaw clenching habits frequently complain of troubles with red eyes (hyperemia) or itching eyes (pruritus).
The treatment prescribed by doctors makes no difference.
When a patient constantly clenches his jaw and teeth, it is not uncommon to hear him complain of pain behind the eyes, of red eyes and even of tired eyes in the evening.

The cases below will show you the possible link between these symptoms and teeth clenching :
• Mr. L.J.C., 48, general practitioner, had been suffering for ten years from daily headaches associated with dizziness prohibiting the normal use of his motorcycle. The “atypical” patient immediately admitted to being notoriously skeptical about a possible manducatory cause for his symptoms. The topography of the pain spread well beyond the cranio-facial area (shoulders, back, lower back, lower limbs) predominantly on the right side. Among the many associated signs were morning fatigue, nausea, sleep disorders (troubled, non recuperative sleep) acroparesthesia in the hands, calf cramps, and bouts of coughing with no apparent cause. The patient also reported that wearing his glasses had become intolerable. Bilateral ocular hyperemia was accompanied by intense itching. The examination revealed hyperalgesia of the masticatory muscles. Finally, medical history showed that the patient suffered from a particularly severe and recurrent case of jaw clenching and was fully aware of it. The TMJ tomography showed a discrete anomaly of the condyle position. Within 2 months, treatment resulted in gradual sedation of all signs of pain and associated disorders. During a follow-up visit a few months later, the patient reported sporadically recurrent headaches and sleep disorders, particularly during periods of frustration related to his professional life, which recurrence was, according to him, always associated with jaw clenching episodes.

Comment :

Often the clenching patient says : I have got "the red eyes" : hyperhemia and prurit, my eyes are itching.
The doctor's treatments don't improve anything. The following case (below) shows the possible link between several symptoms elicited by clenching and in particularly = red eyes and prurit.
A clenching patient claims oft : retro orbital pain, red eyes, tired eyes


Temporomandibular Disorders provokes some visual discomforts : for instance feeling of stretched eyes, visual troubles (not improved by spectacles), photophobia, watering of the eyes, intermittent diplopia… Extra-ocular discomforts such as headaches (frontal, occipital…), retro-ocular pain, cervical pain, dizziness, nausea, fatigue.
( Dr REYDY : ophalmologist)

Do not forget: the trigemeinal nerve gets 3 supplies:
-The ophtalmic nerve ( V1)
-The maxillaris nerve (V2)
- The mandibular nerve (V3)
R. Reydy, F. Hartmann
Extrinsic eye muscles responde to both proprioceptive and visual impulses. Since there is no direct connections between eye muscle proprioceptive afferents and eye motor neurons, the effect might be exerted over the vestibuloocular system associated with the visual pathway. Both proprioceptive extrinsic eye muscles and visual dysfonctions may induce oculomotor defects aptly called muscular asthenopia Masticatory muscles may be considered as the resonancebox of the trigeminal pain generated by dental and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The trigeminal sensory complex may be the keystone between oculomotricity and the masticatoiy system.

Key Words: Trigeminal sensory complex, extrinsic eye muscles, proprioception, vision, muscular asthenopia, superior colliculus, vestibular nuclei, reticular formation, masticator muscles, temporomandibular joint, dental occlusion, dental sensitiveness, thalamus, craniocervical injury and whiplash teniporomandibular joint, stress.

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