Ok i'm new here and i'm posting this in hopes someone else has experieced this or had something similar.
Back in April i started having pains in my upper left shoulder and would cause tingling down my arm and into my fingers. Then I started noticing the muscle that runs down the side of my neck on the left looked larger and kind of stood out. The pain in my arm would get intense but mostly on days that i used it alot(i have a 2 yr old that likes to be carried everywhere) Within days i started getting dizzy here and headaches that felt like sinus headaches. This started causing me alot of anxiety and i went to the dr because on top of all this i started having a feeling of something in my throat when i would swallow. She felt my neck and said everything felt normal but she felt the left side was really tight.(she took xrays of the whole area and everything looked ok on that) She started me on Zoloft as well because my anxiety was beginning to interfere with my home life. Started having major stuffiness in my left ear and pain behind and in front of my ear and when i would open my mouth my jaw made cracking noises. Some mornings when i would wake up my jaw on the left side would be locked. Dr recommended seeing ENT about my ears and throat and the fact that while all this was going on i was constantly having allergy problems. The ENT did scope down throat said everything looked inflamed and diagnosed LPR and allergies. She also felt the side of my neck and said nothing feels abnormal but that muscle on the left side is larger and alot tighter and also my trapezius muscle on that side is very tight too. Both my dr and ENT recommended getting massages with trigger point therapy on that side so i've went for the past two weeks. The massage therapists agreed that my left side is really really tight and after the first session my ear stuffiness went away but my jaw was still clicking just not as bad but i've still woken up a few mornings with my jaw on the left side locked. After my second session last week i started feeling better but my SCM muscle still looks enlarged and noticeable and i'm not sure if it's cause my allergies are acting up again but my ear stuffiness has came back the past few days. My question is has anyone with TMJ had a similar experience and secondly even though my neck started hurting before my jaw problems is it possible i have had TMJ and it is the cause for my SCM muscle to constantly stay tight and it's just causing a chain reaction? The massage therapist and ENT were the ones that braught up TMJ and told me the name of the paticulat muscle that is large so i've been constantly searching the internet for months for answers. With this muscle being swollen looking i've been terrifed of cancer or something but every dr says they dont feel any swollen lymph nodes, but i have two young children and i'm only 26 so i cant help but to stay worried that this problem after 3 months hasnt went away.
I will say after first massage session my arm feels alot better as far as the pain that was going down it but my actual shoulder feels very stiff. Also as a side note when i go to "flex" my neck on the right side you can see my muscles and tendons but on the left its like it cant budge its so tight. In total i've seen my dr 5 times, ENT 2 and massage therapist 2 and seeing her for a 3rd time tomorrow. My friend is a PA and i've got an appt with her neck week to get her opinion on all this but was curious if anyone else has ever experienced this before.
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replied August 25th, 2012
Same symptoms
I have exactly the same symptoms which is how I found your post!
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replied August 25th, 2012
I have exactly the same symptoms which is how I found your post!
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replied November 2nd, 2013
I'm experiencing the EXACT same symptoms. If you read this forum anymore; did either of you find a solution?
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replied December 27th, 2013
I have the same symptoms. I had an X Ray and an MRI. They found a narrowing of my spine (stenosis) and a bulging disc. I have been in so much pain now for over 3 months and I am at my wits end with this.
I also had an ear infection that would not clear up until the 4th treatment with an antibiotic.
I do alot of desk work, and filing which i need to raise my arm up and down a lot during the day at work, so i have stayed home now for 2 weeks as that was making it all worse.
I am going to see a chiropractor this next week and hopeully he can adjust my neck to help me feel better. I believe the swollen muscles and my stenosis is causing me to have pinched nerves causing lots of my pain and discomfort. (which is causing me anxiety as well)
I wish you all luck in finding a treatment that works. Keep me posted on your treatments as i hope we can all help each other out here. Smile
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replied December 27th, 2013
I have the same symptoms. I had an X Ray and an MRI. They found a narrowing of my spine (stenosis) and a bulging disc. I have been in so much pain now for over 3 months and I am at my wits end with this.
I also had an ear infection that would not clear up until the 4th treatment with an antibiotic.
I do alot of desk work, and filing which i need to raise my arm up and down a lot during the day at work, so i have stayed home now for 2 weeks as that was making it all worse.
I am going to see a chiropractor this next week and hopeully he can adjust my neck to help me feel better. I believe the swollen muscles and my stenosis is causing me to have pinched nerves causing lots of my pain and discomfort. (which is causing me anxiety as well)
I wish you all luck in finding a treatment that works. Keep me posted on your treatments as i hope we can all help each other out here. Smile
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replied March 2nd, 2014
I have very similar symptoms for the last 3 months my left SCM has been really swollen and tight. My head is NOT pulled to one side but there is a lot more tension when pulling in opposite direction of left scm. I have dizziness and lump in throat feeling. Lately the other muscles around it have become tight as well. I'm terrified that it may be torticollis even though my family doctor and chiropractor keeps telling me it's not. My osteopathic doctor also didn't seemed too concerned and said it would probably clear up in 2 weeks but it has not. I have also seen an ENT and he didn't see anything abnormal either about my throat. I'm going to another osteopathic doctor Wednesday to get another opinion.
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