| | Symptoms of TMJ?
About two+ years ago I had this strange feeling that I had forgotten how to swallow food and drink. I actually had to concentrate, prepare my tongue and palete, to work in unison so I could finish the swallow. On rare occasions food would get near the back of my throat, and since I wasn't prepared swallow, it would stick there. I would gag it back to the front of my mouth and then complete the swallow function. Now as you all know, getting food stuck in the throat leads to panic and that can lead to more choking...or at least thinking you might choke. Seems the more I would think about it, the harder it was to complete a swallow. Anxiety...
About 10 months ago I noticed a slight slur or lisp when I talk. I also started to bite my cheek on the left side and also left side of my tongue while sleeping.
I waited until late January of this year before talking to my Dr., an internist, He referred me to ENT who told me that my tongue was a little thick and my vocal cords looked a little irritated. So I left and didn't go back to my Dr until late May....I went back because other people started asking me if I had been drinking, or if I maybe had a stroke because I was lisping and taking a long time to talk.. My Dr told me that all he could think of was Bells Palsy...he felt that was possible because when he had me put my teeth together and smile the left side of my face only slightly rises in a grin, whereas the right side is fine. But he also said if it was, it was the slowest progression of it he had ever heard of.... He ordered blood tests for Lyme, A head MRI for tumors, ultra sound of blood flow, etc. All negative.
So he referred me to neuro who ordered a plethora of additional blood tests for MG, MS, and other things that might be causing my speech issues, along with a swallow test...again all negative. He also did some in house strength tests which he said everything seemed ok.
I went back to ENT who gave me a neck CT because he thought he saw a growth on the lower part of my tongue on the head MRI. Results were negative...
About a month and a half ago my tongue was growing even more weak...I could not move it to the inside of my right cheek, but fine on the inside of my left cheek. So my neuro ordered an EMG...which is scheduled for next friday.
Let me throw a caveat in here...I have severe stomach acid problems and take to prescription Previcid morning and afternoon. I read a medical paper about reflux and it's relations to swallowing/voice symptoms so on a whim I started taking 1 Tagamet at bedtime to help control acid while I slept. Low and behold, within a week my tongue was able to move inside my right cheek again, not as good as left cheek but 100% more than it was....coincidence or not...and it still does move fairly free.
Now another caveat...one that my wife has said all along she feels is the cause of my speech issues.
In Dec of 2011, yes the same month I noticed speech issues, I had a major dental procedure on the upper left side of my mouth....2 molars drilled out and filled. In Jan I had a cap placed on a lower right side tooth in back. All of my Dr.s say that it's highly unlikely that dental work could have caused all these symptoms.
Last week I had to see the dentist for an irritaion on my lower back teeth...seemed a filling was floating and so he novacained me up and fixed the filling. Now here is the weirdest thing yet...for the next 2 days after this procedure, my speech returned to an almost pre issue state. Not 100% but better by at least 75%. Within 3 days however it was getting worse again....still not as bad as it was, maybe 25-50% better than pre-dental procedure.
Anyway...sorry for the book, but has anyone else ever had any issues like this before? I mean have things gotten better and then worse again after novacaine? What about stomach acid issues or dental procedures causing problems with speech or tongue movements?
I know that once the tongue EMG is performed next friday I'll know more...but even that won't explain the sudden improvemnts I have seen in the past couple of weeks. Even though I am receding again it is still better than before.