Re: anyone have tight throat issues that make swallowing difficult?
A tight throat (and muscles) and swallowing difficulties can occur for a number of different reasons such as the lower jaw being pushed too far back or laterally mispositioned which narrows your airway and restricts tongue movement (needed for proper swallowing), the neck being misaligned which again restricts tongue movement and restrcits the airway and also causes the muscles to overwork or become spastic and tight and loss of vertical dimension within the mouth which also restricts tongue movement and narrows the passage way of the throat.
Its often called dysphagia but if you look the term up tmj is seldom listed as a cause - its usually associated with upper digestive and esophogus problems, another common ailment a lot of people with tmj may experience and other neurological disorders, again which coincidentally, some tmj sufferers may also be are diagnosed with b/c most mds feel tmj can not cause the widespread symptoms that often result when tmj progresses or is left untreated.
I have had this problem since my tmj started - obviously various treatments like chiro and PT can help ease it as well as dental treatment of the tmj. Adapting or changing how and what you eat - limiting your mouthfuls to small bites and keeping the food soft, etc. become a necessity. Mouth, tongue and neck exercises or stretching done just before you eat or take pills can help as well.
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 09-09-2008 at 08:14 PM.