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

Q: Are swollen glands under the jaw line sometimes a tmj symptom when combined with typical tmj symptom

I have several of the typical tmj symptoms. (clenching and sliding back teeth together unconsciously even when I am trying to not do it, jaw joints sore to touch, ears ring, ears feel sore at the very bottom of ear canal near throat, bottom teeth ache a little, balance not great )  In additon, the glands under my jaw line seem to go up and down with accompanying tenderness. sometimes one side will be enlarged and sore in the am and by the pm has gone down and the other one is a bit enlarged and sore. Like a ping pong match.I do not see that in the typical symptoms of tmj. Has anyone else experienced this?

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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.

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By Anna B, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/19/12, First Published: 07/17/08