| | Re: Issues with Jaw muscles and popping TMJ
I commented on another post about this the other day.
Right in front of my left ear I get a very sharp pain while yawning. I'm sure its TMJ related and I've always had some slight catching on both sides. But this is new and sometimes excruciatingly painful, although only lasting a few moments after yawning.
If I try and move my jaw to the right when yawning, I can sometimes avoid this pain. But as much as I yawn in the evening, I sometimes don't catch it and SNAP..OUCH!
My left side is the weaker side, tongue, smile..or lack of, weaker left hand, etc. I am sure it is somehow related to my ALS. I've always had some occasional snapping pain when I have yawned, but nothing like this until about 2 weeks ago. In fact on the right side the joint will snap, but hardly a sensation felt.
Now this might sound strange but it works for me. When I yawn I stick my finger just inside my left ear canal and the pain is considerably reduced. I think it limits the range of free motion the joint now has...possibly due to muscle weakness?