No one is immune to painful TMJ conditions. It was revealed this week that 24-year-old rap artist Iggy Azalea suffers from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
In a series of posts on Twitter, she revealed: ‘Last month I was diagnosed with TMJ which isn’t the best … I don’t think western medicine all the way acknowledges what a huge toll mental stress takes on our bodies. But I do believe it is a factor. I’m gonna make more of an effort to take care of myself in 2015, stay away from all the drama & hopefully not have any flair ups. So that’s my little update and message! Look after your body and mind in the new year. (sic)’
The ‘Black Widow’ rap artist also assured her fans the condition won’t affect her music career and she is set to start work on her next album.
Also referring to her TMJ condition, Azalea then tweeted:”… I don’t think it will ever prevent me from doing anything I want to but it has made me realize it’s important to look after yourself … I’m back to work on my second album next week… Anxious to get going on it. The excited kind of anxious.”
TMD affects roughly 12% of the U.S. population, particularly women of childbearing age. Causes include:
injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck
Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
Arthritis in the joint
Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
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