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2023 Jan

Dent Clin North Am



Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Role of Psychosocial Comorbidities in Chronic Orofacial Pain.


Bavarian R, Schatman ME, Kulich RJ
Dent Clin North Am. 2023 Jan; 67(1):141-155.
PMID: 36404075.


This article presents the case of a patient with persistent right-sided jaw pain with a history of multiple temporomandibular joint surgeries in the setting of persistent widespread body pain, the causes of which were fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis with multiple joint replacements, as well as psychological diagnoses of PTSD and depression. Despite extensive treatment from her orofacial pain team in combination with neurology and neurosurgery, her severe pain persisted, likely due to the consequences of untreated PTSD and depression, which led to avoidance of activities that would exacerbate her pain and thus to further disability and emotional deterioration.