Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome: Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is pain in the jaw joint. Causes include disease, trauma, wear and tear, or habits. Symptoms and signs include swelling, ear pain, tinnitus, hearing loss, muscle spasms, trouble swallowing, headache, dizziness, and a locked jaw. Treatment incorporates ibuprofen, eating soft foods, applying warm compresses, getting fitted with a bite plate, cortisone injection, or surgery.
Pain Medications The effects of pain medication are different for each person. Pain also varies in tolerance as well from person to person. There are several different pain medications such as NSAIDS, acetaminophen, and narcotics. The most commonly prescribed narcotics are
- morphine (MS Contin, Avinza, Kadain, Oramorph),
- oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone, M-oxy, ETH-Oxydose, Oxyfast, OxylR),
- fentanyl (Duragesic, Fentanyl Patch),
- oxymorphone (Opana), and
- methadone (Methadose)