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Old 11-17-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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Very Painful Cramps in the Neck, Throat and Tongue

Sometimes I will yawn or just out of nowhere, and will get an extreme painful "cramp" almost like a 'charlie horse' in my neck that lasts for 20 or 30 seconds and hurts for upwards of an hour or two afterwards.

The first type of attack is essentially if I yawn or turn my neck in a strange way, or even if I swallow too hard I will get an extremely painful cramp in my neck which is very similar to a charlie horse. It usually lasts from 15-30 seconds, occasionally up to a minute, and the pain will linger like that of a pulled muscle for minutes, hours, or even days after the attack.

The second type of attack I have is a cramping encompassing a larger area, where my neck, throat, and tongue all seem to cramp together. It is very painful and it also has with it a lingering pain that can last for minutes, or even hours. When this occurs I get the symptom I described above, but in this case my throat seems to cramp in addition to my neck, although I can still breath, and my tongue will cramp, with the rear part of the tongue almost feeling like it is balling up like a charlie horse. In my last attack my tongue took several minutes before I could move it like before, and the pain in the back of the tongue lasted for a couple hours.

The first type of attack happens a few times per year, with the second type of attack occurring very rarely. I am wondering if anyone else has had similar attacks and if they were able to figure out the root cause of it?

 
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SirMack, I too have very painful cramps in the base of my throat, and cannot figure out why, I also have noticed a swelling over the "soft" portion of my throat below the adams apple. I can yawn, or more often cough and it causes the cramps to start and hold. I have COPD,so cough violently and sometimes get nauseated because of the mucus I cough up so then I throw up and the muscle cramps are horrible. I am sorry for your problems, and hope you found out why it is happening, I am going to the Doctor tomorrow because I have gotten bronchitis and need antibiotics,I am going to tell him about my throat and I will let you know what he says.

QUOTE=SirMack;3796044]Sometimes I will yawn or just out of nowhere, and will get an extreme painful "cramp" almost like a 'charlie horse' in my neck that lasts for 20 or 30 seconds and hurts for upwards of an hour or two afterwards.

The first type of attack is essentially if I yawn or turn my neck in a strange way, or even if I swallow too hard I will get an extremely painful cramp in my neck which is very similar to a charlie horse. It usually lasts from 15-30 seconds, occasionally up to a minute, and the pain will linger like that of a pulled muscle for minutes, hours, or even days after the attack.

The second type of attack I have is a cramping encompassing a larger area, where my neck, throat, and tongue all seem to cramp together. It is very painful and it also has with it a lingering pain that can last for minutes, or even hours. When this occurs I get the symptom I described above, but in this case my throat seems to cramp in addition to my neck, although I can still breath, and my tongue will cramp, with the rear part of the tongue almost feeling like it is balling up like a charlie horse. In my last attack my tongue took several minutes before I could move it like before, and the pain in the back of the tongue lasted for a couple hours.

The first type of attack happens a few times per year, with the second type of attack occurring very rarely. I am wondering if anyone else has had similar attacks and if they were able to figure out the root cause of it?[/QUOTE]

 
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:57 AM   #3
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My front neck muscle has been cramping on and off for 30 years. I went to a physiotherapist and she said that I get these cramps because my neck isn't straight (it leans forward) She recommended I do pilates and that over time my neck will straighten up and I should no longer get cramps in my neck.

 
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:14 PM   #4
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I have the same feelings in my neck. Ive been diagnosed with some many different things I don't know what to believe. One Neurologist did relieve my spaSMS FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS WITH bOTOX INJECTIONS. Look into the word cervical dystonia.. Anyone can get it. Even if it was an auto accident,, any trama to the neck...

 
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:10 AM   #5
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I also suffer this occassionally... absolute staggering pain in the throat after a yawn, you can't swallow, can only shallow breathe and you are scared ********.. you feel like crying you're in so much pain but if you did, it would hurt too much. It hurts to talk.

The two times that it's happened this year has been when I've yawned while on a funny angle.

I think it 'pops out' a muscle and causes extreme pain for hours until the muscle is 'popped' back in. Although on previous threads people can hear the 'pop' when it goes back to normal but I never have. You also cannot stop producing saliva, but it's too painful to swallow it.

The last time it happened, I wanted to cough so much but couldn't because it was too painful so it was an absolute agonizing time. Anyway, at some stage during that particular spasm, I couldn't hold back a yawn, and I was lucky enough for that PAINFUL PAINFUL yawn to cause the muscle to go back to normal and I had immediate relief afterwards.

Tonight when it happened, same cause - yawned while lying on a funny angle. But this time I couldn't "yawn" it back. I went hunting on the internet for some solutions after lying in pain for about 30 minutes in bed trying to sit at just the right 'angle' and breathe at just the right depth so that I was not in too much pain. I came downstairs to find solutions online and many were commenting that they thought it was due to dehyradtion (which made sense to me today since I went without water when we were on a long drive for about 6 hours). So I tried to force down some water. I also saw that people said that they were able to 'pop' the muscle back in. I decided to take a bath - I put some Vaporub on my throat and sat in the room-temperature bath and just tried to find the muscle that was causing all this pain. Having both hands and comparing both sides of the throat and when I found the source, just kept rubbing gently in the sore areas. After the bath I had a shower (I know.. but I was still in pain.. and it wasn't a work night thank goodness!).. and at some stage throughout the shower.. bingo.. I was relieved, all pain was gone and I didn't 'feel' the muscle go back into place or anything. I don't know exactly what 'fixed it'.. was it the drinking of the water, was it the bath, was it the massage, was it the vaporub, was it the shower, or was it just time??

In any case, I thought I'd share, because I feel so good now that it's gone.. and one of the above might work for someone out there trying to find a solution to it 'right now'.

See also these threads:
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-372849.html
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=596674

 
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Re: Very Painful Cramps in the Neck, Throat and Tongue

I have experienced severe cramps in my tongue, neck, and jaw muscles for the last two years.Recently I have been experiencing a tightness or cramping of muscle/skin on the back of my
head combined with a tickle or tingle sensation. For the tongue and jaw cramps I have found that it usually occurs when I am fatigued and or dehydrated(spelling?) and that sleep and liquids usually stops that issue for me. Along with other cramping or muscle issues I have I question if vitamin deficiancy may be involved with the issue.

Good luck and be healthy.

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I am so glad I found this thread. I have had this VERY same thing happen. I didn't know how to describe it. Its like if I lean just the wrong way with my neck I get the most excrutiating cramp in my neck. It nearly paralizes me. I have had it off and on for maybe a couple of months. I haven't really kept track. But now I have a swollen area or something inside just below my chin right in where the tonsil would be or top of throat. I am afraid of course. I suppose I should head to an ENT. I just hate always running to the doctor without giving something a chance to run it's course. What did you all figure out when it came to the cramping in the neck?please wait 2 seconds for an uncompressed image, or press Ctrl+F5 for original quality page
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Oh I also wanted to mention that I had what seemed to be the muscle popping out and then I popped it back in by leaning back and stretching my neck. It hurt like crazy.
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SirMack, I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone as you can see several people experience this sort of thing. I get the same thing and could never quite describe it and have never mentioned it to my doctor because I was sure they would just think I am insane and there would be nothing they could do. I get this cramping (for lack of better term) usually in the left side of my throat and it is painful. I usually just rub the outside of my throat in that area. Afterwards it hurts to swallow on that side and just feels out of sorts. It's almost like I've strained the muscle of my throat.
I am happy to have found other people that have these same experiences and share them with each other. It really does help to know that other people understand. Good luck and if you find the cause of your problem, please let us know.

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Re: Very Painful Cramps in the Neck, Throat and Tongue

My daughter and I suffer from this same ailment...we yawn and, once in a while, the left front side of our throats cramp up. I have had it for so long, I just pop it back into place by moving that muscle side to side until it pops back into place. My daughter is currently at an outpatient center having it looked at. It used to pop back into place and now it's been stuck for about 22 hours now. She was given muscle relaxers and ibuprofen (prescribed). I can tell you right now, no one knows what we are all talking about and I have read everyones responses...the best, if possible, cure is to pop it back into place. Doctors have told us it's an unusual muscle spasm in our throats. I hope enough people report this particular spasm to their doctors so that the medical community can come up with an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

 
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This morning I am going to have a CT scan on my neck for this very thing. I get a cramp in my neck on the left side if I move or yawn just a certain way. I have to stretch my neck out and pop it back into place. It feels like I have a lump inside. My regular doctor couldn't feel anything from the outside so that's why I am getting th imaging done. I am concerned and frightened. I pray its nothing serious.
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Hi TRR3,

I've been experiencing the exact same thing/symptoms (almost going on 2 years now as well). It's been an extremely painful - and frustrating - ride trying to figure out what this is and how to treat it. Have you seen any doctors? If so, would you share with us what they said on any probable diagnosis?

This has been my experience, in a nut shell...

After the first 8 months of pain. I saw a doctor in the ER who did a blood test. "The test results are fine. I don't know what is wrong with you".

Then I saw A ENT "Specialist". He seemed to not have a clue what I was trying to explain to him and he looked at me like I was crazy and wasting his time. "Maybe it's dental pain or wisdom teeth that need to come out".

So, just in case it was a dental, wisdom teeth or some kind of possible gum infection, I spent a small fortune spread over the span of a year getting all and any dental work I needed. Old fillings replaced, deep cleaning, etc. Then going to an oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed, placed on antibiotics for gum infections just in case. - After all was said and done: Nothing changed. Still had the same symptoms and in pain.

Last but not least I saw a cardiologist who was also a general practitioner - He did a exam of my throat, arteries and an EKG for good measure. All results were fine... he was baffled and summed it up to "it's probably just stress related. It will most likely go away in a couple of months"... and here it is nearly a year later and the symptoms are just as common, irritating and painful. I would like to consider myself a fairly relaxed individual, and I rarely feel 'stressed' by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, these symptoms I'm experiencing on nearly a daily basis.

Has anyone else gotten professional opinions on this? Would love to hear experiences .. maybe there is a doctor out there who has the knowledge to actually diagnose what this is.

 
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I just finished having one of these cramps that many of you are describing on the left side of my throat. The cramp is basically from the end of my collar bone in the base of my neck clear up to underneath my chin. Swallowing or talking are both extremely painful, and when I do swallow it feels like something is going to rip or break in my adam's apple, it almost feels like it is off track.

I have had this a few times before but they usually go away with some massaging after about 15 minutes, this time however it lasted about 3 hours before it finally relaxed and I had to take some muscle relaxers and massage vigorously to help it to relax. I have noticed the feeling of it popping back into place that some of you have mentioned, although it wasnt as profound this time, I basically had to lay on my back and massage and wait for the muscle to relax.

My guess is that it is a muscular-skeletal issue, probably from an old neck injury in my case. Best of luck to you all in figuring out this very painful ailment.

 
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I am the one that originally started this thread. It has been a couple years since then and I still have the issue. Doctors don't know what it is, or could be, nor have they figured it out.

Same symptoms. Will usually happen when I yawn a certain way or move my head a certain way and suddenly I get what I can only describe is a "charlie horse" cramp in the front of my neck. If it is a really intense one I can have lingering pain for days like a pulled muscle.

It is just something I have been living with.

If anyone has found anything out about this condition please do share.

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Hi,
Thank you so much for starting this thread. I just had my first major (had one before but it only lasted maybe a minute) last night and while I was writhing on the floor foaming at the mouth my husband jumped online and found all this input. I talked to my friend this morning who is an amazing massage therapist and she said she thinks it's the Hyoid bone going out. She works on people who get it and says to find a good massage therapist who can teach us how to work the right areas to get the muscles to release so it can go back in (we were on the phone in different cities.)

I hope this helps!

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