Re: Swallowing difficulties, lump, particles
Swallowing difficulties (aka dysphagia) is not uncommon with tmj - it can be due to your lower jaw being too far back or your tongue being unable to function properly either due to jaw and teeth position or muscle fatigue - the tongue is a muscle and if you think about how many times a day we swallow - a natural reflex we usually do without notice - you can see how it important it actually is. If swallowing becomes painful due to tmj issues the tongue will not be able to function as it should (which is to clear the throat of food and saliva and push it down to your stomach) and can become part of the overall problem.
Although I have had this since my tmj started I can't say I have actually noticed food particles returning - food I did not fully chew, yes - pills - all the time - takes me several tries and lots of focus to get my tongue to relax enough and my jaw to open wide enough before they will make it down. The best thing to do is keep it small - don't overload your utensil (fork or spoon) or your mouth - and chew slowly and completely.