I've had a problem with my jaw and throat for about a year and a half now. My doctor has found nothing wrong and could only come up with the suggestion of TMJ. History: Out of the blue, I felt like something got "stuck" in the right side of my throat/neck. When I put my head down, whatever it was that got "stuck" snapped back into place. Since then, whenever I swallow, I feel a "hard click" sensation in my throat. If I turn my head to the right, this "hard click" does not occur. I do not have trouble swallowing or breathing. I did notice after this happened that my jaw does not always line up when I open and close my mouth, and I sometimes have to forcibly bring my teeth together so that they match up. I do not have any jaw pain, but I do often feel as if I'm teething. I've always attributed that to sinus problems, but I'm told that it can be related to TMJ also. I read one other message where the person had symptoms similar to mine, and he was diagnosed with TMJ. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Should I seek out a different specialist? I'm concerned about growths, polyps, etc. which might not have been obvious to my doctor. I'd appreciate any info.
the entire time my tmj was bad i had the lump sensation in my throat, i would feel it from the outside til i had my neck sore. the clicking sound is really coming from your ears. i worried obsessively about the lump too, but now that my tmj is under control, the lump magically is gone too. i've heard many others describe this same symptom. hope this helps you.
Thank you for that information. It's interesting that you mentioned that the click was coming from the ears. I've often thought the feeling began in the jaw near the ear, even though the feeling was in the throat.
you're welcome Kate, hope this helped you, i know when people are suffering from undiagnosed tmj, the feeling is so frustrating, doctors can't find anything wrong, but you know there is something that is not right.
My doctor told me the vocal cords do not seem to be involved at all. I do not have trouble speaking or singing at all. It's just the irritating 'hard click'. It does feel like it originates just under the right ear, but I can feel the sensation down to the front of my throat. Your thoughts?
Kate, it's all connected & affected by the tmj. even the glands in your throat may become swollen. had a bad week last week, was clenching & grinding my teeth from nerves & had the ear pain & neck pain & lump sensation again.
there is a small bone in you throat called the Hyoid. This is a sort of horseshoe shaped bone and is attached by all sorts of small ligaments andmuscles. If you have, for example, a problem with the sternocleidomastoid muscle which runs from behind your ear to the top of your sternum, this can restrict the movement of the hyoid bone and can cause pain. The hyoid is important for the ability to speak etc, and also can affect other areas, for instance the top trachea, giving the feeling that you have an upper respiritory infection.