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LeAnn Rimes: Jaw pops out during concert because of TMJ

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LeAnn Rimes had to cut short a concert in Oklahoma when her jaw popped out of place during the performance because of a jaw condition called TMJ, ABC News reported March 24.

LeAnn Rimes has temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. TMJ can cause a painful jaw and restricted movement of the jaw, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. It’s not clear how serious LeAnn Rimes’ TMJ is. But for most people, TMJ comes and goes in cycles and doesn’t need treatment. Some, however, can develop long-term problems related to TMJ.

In the case of LeAnn Rimes, the country star was performing in Durant, Oklahoma, on Saturday night and apparently powered her way through the performance despite a flare-up of TMJ pain, US Weekly said.

Rimes had to refrain from doing an encore during the Oklahoma concert, no doubt leaving fans disappointed and wondering what was going on. LeAnn Rimes later tweeted an apology about the incident. “Oklahoma!!!! I love you so much! I'm sorry for no encore. I had my jaw pop out of place & I can't hear out of my left ear. #tmjsucks,” Rimes wrote on her Twitter page.

There are several types of TMJ disorders, and it’s not clear which type LeAnn Rimes has or what, if any, treatment Rimes has had. It’s not clear what causes TMJ. Among the TMJ symptoms are painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth and stiffness in jaw muscles.

Read more about LeAnn Rimes here.

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