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Hello, I developed a clicking of a joint near my ear every time I swallow. It is not the same exact second I swallow but about 1 or 2 seconds after so it cannot be the eustachian tube. I feel it around the ear area. I don't think its TMJ because I do not feel any pain just the annoying click sound. Is there anything you recommend hot compress, cold/ice compress, massages, vitamins,drinks? Thanks for your help.

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Hello, Arno,

Sounds like tight muscles of biting and chewing -- the precursor of TMJ Syndrome.

Please see this page for links to relevant articles and course of action.

http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm

None of the remedies you mentioned are effective for that condition, since they miss the mark.  You can't retrain muscle/movement memory with any of them, and that's what's needed.

more on the self-relief program
http://somatics.com/TMJ_pain_treatment.htm

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Lawrence Gold

Expertise

can answer: TMJ Syndrome/TMJ Dysfunction / TMD jaw pain popping and clicking of jaws earaches TMJ/TMD headaches can't answer: drug-related questions

Experience

clients with jaw pain, jaw joint pain, limited ability to open the mouth, headaches

Organizations
found in my existing expert profile

Publications
see http://somatics.com/gold.htm includes The American Journal of Pain Management and The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients articles on TMJ Dysfunction http://somatics.com/Treatment_for_TMJ,1.htm

Education/Credentials
Certified practitioner The Rolf Method of Structural Integration (1990) Hanna somatic education(TM) (1992)

Awards and Honors
found in my existing expert profile

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