A 31-year-old female asked:
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can sternocleidomastoid tension cause tongue, jaw, ear and swallowing discomfort (feels like lump in throat). causes and at home treatment?

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Dr. Srinivas (bobby) Mukkamala
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes it's possible: While issues with the scm muscle can cause those symptoms, it would be a rare cause. If it is the cause then treating it like an arthritis issue will help: nsaids, heating pad. Other possible causes of similar symptoms include throat based issues like tonsil inflammation or pharyngitis.
Answered on Feb 20, 2015
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