I think awareness months work well when the effort is continuous, which is not the case for TMJ. It was over 35 years ago when a dentist first diagnosed me with TMJ — when only dentists knew about this condition. And today, there are still plenty of doctors who don’t know that this condition exists.
Me: What do you know about TMJ?
Pain doctor: Nothing.
Me: How can you treat me if you don’t know anything about TMJ?
Pain doctor: Because no one else will.
(Have I mentioned lately that doctors suck? Well, not every single doctor, but most of them.)
September 30, 1997
Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, I would like to call to my colleagues’ attention the designation of this coming November and all, future Novembers as Jaw Joints-TMJ Awareness Month. In Washington’s world of abbreviations and acronyms, TMJ is not one of the better known. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are among the more painful, yet least well understood disorders affecting people today. While estimates of the number of people in this country affected by TMJ disorders run into the millions, these disorders are often mistaken for other ailments or presumed to be psychological in nature…