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Old 09-14-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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OK guys, help me out

For two weeks now I have been in a lot of discomfort. I have had horrible pressure and tension in my neck, now could this cause me to swallow funny and my throat to hurt? This is either a sinus infection or my TMJ acting up, I can barely open my mouth and my jaws feel like they are out place. Does anyone have swalloing trouble right now? What does it feel like, do you have any pain? I'm just terrified that this is cancer or something. I really could use some reassurance or some idea if this is serious. I;m only 27 and my quality of life is seriously going downhill. Any ides on how I could help this and to be able to eat? Please elp me out here! Thanks

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Old 09-15-2008, 10:16 AM   #2
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Re: OK guys, help me out

I don't know how much TMJ affects the throat, but sinus issues certainly can. Do you still have your tonsils? An Ear, Nose, Throat doctor may be a good person to visit with the throat closing issue. As for the jaw being off and tension in your neck/shoulders - those are TMJ symptoms. Of course they can also be symptoms of something else, so you really should get to a dentist/specialist to rule some things out. Do you hear popping or clicking when you open or close your mouth wide? This is something that's pretty common to TMJ sufferers, but not always there even in those that have it. Get checked out so you can start getting your life back.

Old 09-15-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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Re: OK guys, help me out

I still have swallowing problems - it started when my tmj started - got progressively worse to the point I could not take any pills and I was drooling quite a bit due to excess saliva - at one point I felt like I had a huge adams apple in my throat and something tied around my throat as well. I couldn't touch my throat area due to it being quite sensitive and I was gagging quite lot as well as being nauseous. Its better now but I still am having problems with my tongue and swallowing on the left side - it just feels very strained and requires a lot of effort.

If you are not seeing a tmj dentist and chiro or osteopath then I would suggest you do - I doubt this is something you can fix yourself with tmj exercises or heat compresses, etc. Since most of my treatment to date has been with a cranial chiro (my current tmj dentist is still working on getting the proper fit for splints for me) and I have seen some definite improvement with swallowing during this time - I would suggest you at least see a chiro.

Old 09-16-2008, 05:44 AM   #4
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Re: OK guys, help me out

Thanks for the replies! I think I may have had the stomach flu that aggravated my acid reflux which in turn aggravated my jaw. Today I feel much better but the muscles in front of my throat and my shoulder muscles are soooooo incredibly tight. I just can''t believe that its my muscles causing me swallowing trouble. How many of you have this going on right now? I am so curious to know how many people have these tight muscles making swallowing uncomfortable. If anyone could tell me what they feel when they swallow it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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