Dr. Shapira's Chicago Headache Blog

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Hate Headaches? Orofacial Pain, TMD, TMJ, Cluster Headaches, Migraines, Tension Headaches and More.

January 20, 2019
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Orofacial Pain also called oral-facial pain and Craniomandibular pain and of course TMJ or TMD was discussed in a post on the www.ThinkBetterLife.com website and is reprinted on www.IHateHeadaches.org.  I am Dr Ira L Shapira and both of these sites were written by me (with help). 

They are here to help you find answers to you chronic pain issues. The key is to create a better quality of life.  I am enclosing a link to over 100 patient testimonial videos.  Each and every patient is unique and has their own challenges but help is available.


Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO… Read Full Post

Lake Forest TMJ, Headaches, Migraines and Neuromuscular Approach To Definitive Personalized Treatment

January 17, 2019
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The relationship of TMJ Disorders to Headaches and Migraines are well documented in both medical and dental literature.  The primary connection is via the Trigeminal Nerve.  The Trigeminal Nerve is often called the "Dentists Nerve" but the Trigeminal nerve is also at the center of each and every headache and migraine treated by physicians and neurologists.  The science behind this connection is two-fold.  The Trigeminal nerve also controls the blood flow to the anterior two thirds of the meninges of the brain.

Sinus headaches are usually treated by ENT's or Otolaryngologists but the Trigeminal Nerve is also front and center in both acute and chronic sinus pain… Read Full Post

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks, TMJ, Neuromuscular Dentistry : Migraine Relief and Migraine Prevention

January 15, 2019
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This article is reprinted from a post originally published on Sphenopalatineganglionblocks.com

Neuromuscular Dentistry… Read Full Post

TMJ Lake Forest: Neuromuscular Dentistry has a Physiologic Approach to Treating TMJ Disorders

January 14, 2019
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Treatment of TMJ Disorders, Headaches, Migraines and Sleep Disorder are focus in new practice serving Lake Forest and Highland Park TMJ patients.

  Dr  Shapira  created www.IHateHeadaches.org website to bring the Physiologic Approach to treating TMJ Disorders with Neuromuscular Dentistry to a wider audience and has over 10,000 unique visitors on a monthly basis.

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ disorders requires a wide variety of skills that most general dentists don’t acquire. The treatment of TMJ disorders is far more advanced than just the mechanical approach of mouth guard and bite adjustments. In fact, many patients get worse because invasive treatment… Read Full Post

Who Treats TMJ Disorders or TMD

January 04, 2019
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Who Treats TMJ Disorders (TMD)The treatment of TMJ disorders is best accomplished by dentists who have special training in this field.

The American Alliance of TMD Organizations has established fundamental principles for TMD practice.

The Alliance and the websites of it's member organizations is an excellent place to find a dentist who treats TMJ disorders. I have the great honor of being the current Chair of the TMD Alliance. http://www.tmdalliance.com/index.html

Founded in 1995 on behalf of patients’ well-being, the Alliance of TMD… Read Full Post

Chicago Cluster Headache: Treatment and Prevention Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgia Treatment and Prevention

January 02, 2019
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This was originally published at WWW.ThinkBetterLife.com which is the website for my Highland Park, Illinois website serving the North Shore suburbs, Chicago, Lake County and Cook County.
There are several patient testimonials about SPG Blocks and neuromuscular dentistry being utilized for treatment of all types of headaches and migraines.

I have added a section at the end of some of the problems associated with medications utilized for treating these conditions.

Are Spenopalatine Ganglion Blocks Superior to standard drug regimens?
I believe you must look at both safety and effectiveness and possible side effects to evaluate any and all treatments.… Read Full Post

Prolotherapy for Cervical and TMJoint (TMJ) Stability

December 04, 2018
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A recent article (pubmed abstract below) on chronic neck pain should be of great interest to anyone suffering from chronic neck pain, cervicogenic headaches and / or TMJ (TMD).  It is well understood that there are postural implications to both of these disorders and that much of the pain is actually muscular in origin.  So what is the place of prolotherapy or proliferation therapy in treating cervical or TMJoint pain.

See my Highland Park website http://www.thinkbetterlife.com for more information on these topics.

The answer is in stability.  There are numerous functions of the muscles besides moving our body parts.  Muscle Splinting occurs when the… Read Full Post

TMJ (TemporoMandibular Disorders) and Ovarian Hormones

December 02, 2018
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It is well known that the majority of patients complaining of TMJ Disorders are women even though the anatomy of men and women tend to be very similar.  It is also know that there are estrogen receptors in the TemporoMandibular Joints (TMJ)

A recent article in Pain  discussed the fact that in general most non-cancer pain is more frequent in women as well.  I have frequently found that in premenopausal women it is easy to get near total relief of Chronic Daily Headaches and Status Migraine for up to 25-28 days a month but that it is much harder to completely eliminate pain during ovulation and around menses.

While total pain relief is not… Read Full Post

Headaches, Ear Pain, Mouth, Jaw and Tooth Pain related to TMJ, Whiplash and Unstable Atlas

November 29, 2018
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Frank: What are the costs of treatment and is it covered by insurance? I have severely ground teeth. I clench a lot but mostly during day. 61 yrs old I do TMJ massage and that slightly helps. The headaches occur 4-10 times month. Headaches are inside my ears, above ears, in mouth and jaw and seem to sometimes be in the teeth and roof of mouth. I had whiplash injury. When I have atlas aligned it helps but does not stay in alignment.

Dr Shapira response: Insurance sometimes covers part of the cost but most insurance companies are worried primarily about shareholders and profits. Several years ago Chicago HMO agreed to pay 100% of the costs even though it was specifically excluded… Read Full Post

Surgical Options For Treatment of Cluster Headaches: The Trigeminal Nerve Connection

September 24, 2018
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Patrick :    What are the surgical options for treating my severe cluster headaches?

Dr Shapira response: Dear Patrick,

 am not a big advocate of surgery for cluster headaches.  Treatment of the Trigeminal Nerve  " microvascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve with section of the nervus intermedius compares very favorably to other destructive techniques without the accompanying neurologic deficits" (see below) is probably the best surgical treatment but do not expect success.  There is a significant risk of very negative outcomes.  As there is unquestionably a Trigeminal Nerve  basis in cluster headaches I would… Read Full Post