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About half the US population has TMD but only 10% have a painful TMJ [3-5]. More than half of those individuals with a headache disorder meet the diagnostic criteria for TMD, with migraine and TTH having the highest prevalence in this population. TMD disorder involves the structures in the temporomandibular region, which are the TMJ and the muscles of mastication [5]. Due to this anatomical relationship, TMD may mimic multiple different types of headache including migraine, TTH, chronic daily headache, neoplasm, trigeminal neuralgia, giant cell arteritis, cluster headache, and cervicogenic headache. Recognizing these headache types and their differences will help prevent making the wrong diagnosis in a patient with a new onset headache. Some of the headaches that patients experience after TMJ surgery may be the result of initial misdiagnosis of TMD, patients having more than one headache type, or depression.


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