Depression and Anxiety Headaches & Facial Pain
If You Suffer From Depression or Anxiety and Also Have Pain, We Can Probably Help
Many people who suffer from pain become anxious and in time feel depressed. Some tell us they think that this is because they consulted so many doctors who told them that there was nothing wrong regardless of persistent pain. In time, these patients feel that there will be no end to their suffering and the limitations and loss of joy in their lives which results.
However, in many other cases, patients become depressed because the pain lasts for months or years, or even for decades, resulting in their conditions becoming “chronic”. Unfortunately, depression is a common characteristic of chronic pain which can develop as early as three to six months after pain begins.
In our experience, the good news is that once the headaches and other symptoms improve, even partially, depression which developed after pain onset typically disappears. Some patients have even said that reading this website, seeing that they are not alone, and that there are answers to their problems, gave them a new lease on life.
We do not treat depression or anxiety. However, if these conditions develop after the onset of pain, elimination of feelings of depression and anxiety is a very welcome side-benefit.
One final reason for extreme concern which some people have reported is the nightmarish stories portrayed by certain organizations and their members. It is sad but true that up until the mid-1980′s a large number of people underwent surgical placement of a device made of a material called Teflon Proplast to replace the discs in their jaws. While Teflon may be good for pots and pans, it should never have been placed in anyone’s TM joint. Over time, the material broke into pieces which spread throughout their bodies. In some cases it is believed to have caused cancer and numerous other horrible diseases. Many of the recipients who are still alive will be on morphine for the rest of their lives. Without a doubt, this was one of the worst episodes in medical/dental history and we feel compassion for each and every person who was so horrendously violated.
However, the truth is that hardly any of our patients need joint surgery, that none of them need Teflon or any comparable material put in their joints, and that over 90% of our patients report that their pain is “gone” when they complete treatment and are discharged regardless of how many years they were in pain.
Those are the facts, and if anyone on the internet or elsewhere tells you scary stories, know in your heart that they are well-meaning and deserving of the utmost compassion and understanding, but do not let them scare you into thinking that treatment of your condition will lead to the horror that they or their loved ones have endured.
Even a partial review of our photo gallery should provide more than adequate proof.*
*Thanks to Carolyn from Maryland who made it clear that this addition to our website is necessary.
“I feel enlightened since the earaches, face pain, dizziness, and numbness are all gone. Before I came here, I used to be depressed and in a very dark place. The pain was destroying me. You have the greatest staff. You really do. They’re so professional and caring. This office is perfect. Everyone is always pleasant and always say and do the right thing.” – Patriciann C.
To see more statements from patients who were treated for depression and anxiety,
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