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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Muscle spasms in throat?

07/17/2007

Question:

Once every few months I tend to get muscle spasms in my throat. It happens when I yawn or turn my head abruptly. One side of my throat will feel very tight, it hurts to swallow &my teeth on that side start to ache. Sometimes it will immediately loosen up, other times it can take up to an hour to go away. I`m not sure what is going on, but its very painful.

Thanks

Answer:

The symptoms you are describing do not appear to be a primary problem of an ENT physician.  They are more likely related to either a cervical spine issue where the alignment of the spine pinches nerves that supply sensory information to the neck or an impingement on a cranial nerve that causes referred pain to the the throat and jaw.  A full evaluation by an ENT physician and likely an MRI image of the head and neck would be warranted to elucidate the cause of your complaint.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati