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Old 01-12-2002, 01:26 PM   #1
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Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Hi everyone! I'm not new to the Healthboards, but I am new to the TMJ board. I'm pretty sure I have TMJ, but the problem I'm being tested for is a lump in my throat, trouble swallowing. Has anyone else with TMJ experienced this?

I'm having a barium swallow next Tuesday to see if there is anything in the esophogus. I've had shooting pains from my throat travelling to my ears. My ears have been hurting like #$#&$#*! I had a thyroidectomy 10 years ago. My dentist told me that many people who have had neck or thyroid surgery develop TMJ. My jaw clicks and sometimes catches.

I decided to do a little research (I have discovered Dr.'s usually hate this) and my symptoms all point to TMJ, except for the difficulty swallowing (no pain). I've read a little on Ernest's Syndrome with did list difficulty swallowing as a symptom. Any response will be appreciated!

Angie E

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Old 01-12-2002, 04:29 PM   #2
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Re: Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Hi Angie:
It sure sounds like you are on the right track. If you read over the previous posts, you will see many of the same symptoms you just described. I also have trouble swallowing. It seems to be worse with something dry (like chicken) or first thing in the morning, it takes several attempts with water to get my vits down. And sometimes, it still feels like it's stuck. I have heard it's a symptom of tmj, but I'm having it checked out just in case. I did have a barium swallow and they found nothing. My glands are quite swollen (they think from fibro) and the muscles tightened from tmj so things are probably not quite what it should be with all these problems. The jaw clicking and catching...the ear pain...all sounds like tmj. What is Ernest's Syndrome? Just curious. Good luck! Dawn2

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Old 01-12-2002, 06:30 PM   #3
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Re: Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Hi Angie,

Shooting pains from the throat to the ears are typical of trigger point referral patterns originating in the muscles of the anterior neck including longus coli, rectus capitus and the hyoids.

In all swallowing difficulties, chronic sore throats or cases of direct trauma to the throat treatment should be given to the constrictor pharyngeus, stylopharyngeus and palatopharyngeus muscles.

A Certified Neuromuscular Therapist would know how to evaluate your condition and give the appropriate treatment. Most tmjd pain is from the soft tissues including muscles, tendons and ligaments.

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Old 01-12-2002, 08:24 PM   #4
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Re: Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Thanks for such a quick response! I've read that Ernest's Syndrome is a form of TMJ that has swallowing difficulty. I haven't found much on it. I just kind of stumbled onto a site and it was the only one that mentioned difficulty swallowing.

After reading many of the posts on this board I realized how very lucky I am. If I do have TMJ, I feel uncomfortable but I'm not in as much pain as most of the people on this board. I have frequent headaches, but I can ignore most of them. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so the headaches don't seem that bad. The ears however, feel pretty painful, but they are not consistent.

Again, thanks for your responses. They were very helpful!
Angie E

Old 01-15-2002, 01:18 PM   #5
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Re: Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Angie -- I bought a good book from Amazon which has a whole chapter dealing with swallowing difficulties and other types of issues that accompany TMJ. The book is by Wesley E. Shankland and is titled, TMJ: It's many faces. I was also able to get it from my local library.

I would encourage anyone with TMJ to buy a copy.

Old 01-16-2002, 08:23 AM   #6
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Re: Trouble swallowing/lump in throat...

Thank you so much! I just had my barium swallow yesterday, so the dr. will probably call today and tell me there was nothing there. I'm then going to ask her if we can go ahead and do the MRI or whatever test is needed to detect TMJ.

Thanks again!
Angie E

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