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    Old 06-04-2009, 05:15 AM   #1
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    Does TMJ have an affect on ear related sinus issues?

    Before I started having trouble with TMJ, I always have had like a popping/crackling sound in my ears when I swallow- for as long as I can remember. I am wondering if TMJ affects this at all, or if I am in fact experiencing both at the same time.

    Does anybody here without previous sinus issues have a crackling sound in their ears when they swallow?

    And here is the LATEST and STRANGEST symptom I am experiencing:

    So last night I wake up (as usual) and notice my jaw is hanging off to the side and I have a terrible headache. I tend to be waking up more and more often to find my jaw in the weirdest position. Long story short, I am up for about an hour this morning and my ears seem "full" but I also literally HEAR this muffled thumping noise. It had no rhythm to it (like my heartbeat). It was just a sporadic "thump" or almost like bass. I am not sure if I was hearing any sort of drainage or what b/c I do feel like I have more drainage than usual this morning. But my ears feel like they are killing me this morning.

    So bottom line, can TMJ affect how your sinuses work.

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    Old 06-04-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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    Re: Does TMJ have an affect on ear related sinus issues?

    Yes it can. I had a history of earaches and swollen glands way before I had tmj. I don't think it meant I had an underlying problem or was pre-tmj though. I thought it might be related to having my tonsils and adnoids out as a child. I couldn't dive into water or go under water too deep and flying would wreck havoc as it would take 3 days or more for my ears to unplug and the pain to stop. Even driving in a car with the windows open bothered me or to go up in an elevator.

    I think however the first tmj related earache I did get was about 10 years before the tmj went full blown - I developed not only ear pain but dizziness and a solid lump or swollen area in front of my right ear - I thought it was a cyst - which I have had elsewhere - went to severl diff types of drs and no one found anything - eventually it just went away after a year or so. it was around this time I noticed I was getting frequent sinus headaches along my nose and cheeks and forehead.

    My ear noise started as a throbbing or pulsing and then went into a high pitch noise and then progressed to what sounded like static on a radio not tuned in to any station and then it became all of these at the same time with something like waves crashing or a motor running off in the distance - I couldn't hear myself think to be honest - plus everything sounded muffled yet loud noises would make me put my hands to my ears. Once this started the brain fog and a feeling of being disconnected from the real world started as well.

    I used to tie a warm moist towel around my head and tie it on top (like bunny ears) - spent a good year like that - the tightness of the towel and of course the warmth and mositure it produced did help to a certain degree.

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