Numbness in arms, hands and fingers
I have tingling one day and then, not again for a week. No rhyme or reason…
The muscles and the nerves in the jaw and face are extremely complex and intricately connected. As a result, if your bite is misaligned, the nerves and muscles may also be affected. This can result in the muscles throughout your face, jaw, neck and shoulders to spasm, pinching the nerves that lead down your arms.
What happens? Numbness and tingling in your arms, fingers and hands.
Just under half of all individuals that battle TMJ have a pricking, tingling or numbing in their hands and fingers. Many times they also report it causes a reduction in their grip strength.
Without knowing its connection or whether it relates to TMJ, most times people have explained these symptoms away, choosing to ignore them. And because muscles spasms come and go, so does the numbness and the variations in the intensity.
Numbness and tingling may occur with or without pain other symptoms. As it relates to the TMJ, numbness in the hands and fingers are one symptom that may come and go, varying in intensity.
Sometimes people will report that their extremities become cold, possibly changing color to a pale and/or bluish tinge. The pinching of the nerves and the tiny muscles around the blood vessels causes this sensation. The squeezing or pinching of the nerves can alter blood flow and ultimately, have a serious affect your extremities such as fingertips or toes.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to have them diagnosed and treated.