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A 34-year-old male asked:

Can neck pain cause headaches and facial pain? no tmj per oral surgeons diagnosis. headaches are short lived but come and go all day.

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Elkind
Dentistry 39 years experience
TMJ may be from bite: Tmj is a syndrome that presents with many symptoms, and may be cause by many factors. There are studies indicating that TMJ is due to and caused by bite discrepancies. Many believe this, and therefore, you should have your dentist evaluate your occlusion. Sometimes adjusting your bite and making a bite guard may eliminate your symptoms and headaches. Good luck!
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: Tension in neck muscles can cause both neck pain and headaches. Please see your doctor for options.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Vague: Many causes, many symptoms. Need to get to the source with a thorough history and examination.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
See TMJ doc: Your oral surgeon may, or may not be sophisticated about TMD. See TMJ specialist.Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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