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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Yawning pain

06/13/2006

Question:

I know someone has asked a question about a yawning pain, my question is a litlle similar. If I yawn when I`m laying down, I feel a sharp pain in my throat. It only happens while I`m laying down. What`s up with that?

Answer:

Pain with yawning is not unusual but more often the pain is felt in the ear due to the jaw popping (temporomandibular joint TMJ pain).  Pain in the throat could be due to an elongated styloid process.  Palpation of the back of the throat by an experienced ENT doctor can confirm or refute this possibility.  I hope this helps.

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Response by:

David  L Steward, MD David L Steward, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati