Does this sound like TMJ

by Kenny White
(Springfield, MO)

The TMJ is located just in front of the tragus of the ear.

The TMJ is located just in front of the tragus of the ear.

» Does this sound like TMJ

I went to my doctor yesterday and he diagnosed TMJ, but I'm not so sure. Symptoms are ear pain on the left side, and severe pain on the left side when swallowing. Thought I had an ear infection, but he says that ears and throat look fine and said it is likely TMJ. He prescribed a muscle relaxer and a steroid, and told me to search the internet for TMJ exercises. Any suggestions?

Hello Kenny,
Do you feel well? Mumps can mimic this, but then you are sick and not just sore. It affects the parotid gland and swallowing is certainly painful.

The hallmark of a TMJ syndrome is tenderness of the one or both jaw joints, often with clicking or popping sounds when chewing, yawning, kissing, and so on.

Place both index fingers just in front of the tragus of the ears and slowly open and close. Are they tender, and do the TMJs pop or click?

If so then try the exercises at Chiropractic Help, and hopefully they will be adequate.

Let me know what transpires.

Dr B


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