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Thursday, July 17, 2008 Anna B, Community Member, asks

Q: Painful swollen glands under jaw

Are swollen glands under the jaw line sometimes a TMJ symptom? I have several of the typical TMJ symptoms (clenching and sliding back teeth unconsciously, jaw joints sore to the touch, ringing in my ears, ears that feel sore at the very bottom of the ear canal near throat, etc). Also, the glands under my jawline on both sides seem to swell with accompanying tenderness, typically one side at a time.  Is this swelling under my jaw due to TMJ or something else?

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C Pope, Community Member
7/17/08 6:04pm

I had the same problem with my TMJ. I would clench my jaw and grind my teeth while sleeping. This caused a chain reaction where my sinuses would become overly stimulated and I would have extreme drainage, leading to the enlargement of my neck glands and tonsils.


Strangely enough, I found that changing to a different pillow with better neck support, keeping my chin up and my head back, did more to alleviate the jaw clenching and teeth grinding than anything else I had tried. I also hold a second pillow in my arms with it resting just under my chin to help with the neck position as well.

Amy Tudor, Editor
7/ 5/14 5:13pm

Hi AnnaB -


Only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose the cause of your swollen lymph nodes, so if you haven't seen a doctor about this problem, you should do so. I will tell you (as a lay person) that TMJ has been known to cause swollen glands in the throat, though there are many other conditions that could cause this, including infections in the lymph nodes themselves. If you're still having this problem, you will want to see a doctor to have it evaluated.


In the meantime, here are some links you might find helpful from our site:


Diagnosing TMJ

Over-the-Counter Pain Meds

Different Types of Chiropractic Treatments


Good luck to you!

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By Anna B, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/19/14, First Published: 07/17/08