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    Throat and jaw problems

    Hello I am looking for some advise here.

    Currently I live in a rabbithole of throat cancer anxiety. I have had HA for a long time but id did not consume me this mich for a long time. Can anyone advise me? I will explain as brief as possible.

    Last year I got sheekbone strain and mild dental issues. Went to the dentist but no problems found. My wisdom teeth are present but don’t seem to grow anymore. That was my first estimated problem.

    So time went on getting mild problems and a stiff cheek once in a while. The dentist expected more like a stress muscle or jaw problem.

    Now a year later I still have this mild strain on and of and also this electric woosh in my ear or head. Might also be anxiety related the doctor said. I do feel stretching in my jaw and ear when I open or close my mouth.

    Beginning of this year I got this globus feeling and tightning throat sensation but no swallowing problems really. After 3 months I went to the throath specialist and he scoped my throat. Nothing there just a little irritation from stomach acid. Taking pills for that and in 2 weeks I have another follow up planned.
    He mentioned hyperventilation and tension for the jaw and tinitus.

    Last saturday a friend of my parents explained carefully he has throat cancer. Serious stuff. It was his doctors fault by not seeing it or taking him seriously.
    He explained me that he had been to the dentist for his tooth ache without cause. He had earpain he had neck pain, tight throat. I tell him my story and he says “get a scan it started with me that way”.

    Some HA sufferers might know how I felt from then on I guess. Even I fight this tought of the cancer thing. I can’t seem to win.

    Now i have this mild tooth sensation, stiff jaw, muscle strain in my neck, ringing ear, tensed face and a sore muscle that pulls from my neck to behind my ear. I am constantly palping to feel any lumps or whatever.

    Should I be really alarmed or can all of this be caused by anxiety altough I am not in that state I feel. It is more excessive worry.

    Tis is also very consuming because it lasts for nearly a year now.

    Is there anyone that can help me ease my mind in some way?

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    Re: Throat and jaw problems

    Quote Originally Posted by tom1984 View Post
    Now i have this mild tooth sensation, stiff jaw, muscle strain in my neck, ringing ear, tensed face and a sore muscle that pulls from my neck to behind my ear.
    It sounds like you have TMJ. I have this and it causes every single one of these symptoms and flairs up when I'm under a lot of stress of when my anxiety is high. I just went through a really stressful time that sparked my anxiety and my symptoms are so bad! My jaw will even feel like it's tightening up so I can't swallow and that always triggers a huge panic attack. It took a long time for the doctor to figure out that all my symptoms (I also get migraines) were TMJ-related. I even went to an endodontist thinking I needed a root canal because of the tooth pain.

    There is a connection between TMJ and anxiety though no one's quite sure which triggers which or if they just go hand in hand/back and forth.

    I'd go back to your dentist or try a different dentist if the first didn't think of TMJ and ask them about that. In some cases you can get a nightguard to wear when you sleep to help keep your jaw aligned.

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