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A 34-year-old male asked:

last two months symptoms: tight/tingling shoulders, tight/tingling neck, headache (band type), swollen head. tmj w/swollen lymph nodes for last 2 wks?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gehrig Harris
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Lots of tension: Tmj alone can cause headaches but does not usually cause neck or shoulder pain. You may be having tension headaches though which usually occur in the shoulders, neck, posterior head and can spread. Tension headaches, TMJ and swollen lymph nodes can all be caused by stress. So first relax, then see your doctor if the lymph nodes persist or you develop fevers or additional symptoms.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Tmj disfunction is often caused by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Symptoms can include TMJ pain, pain near or in the ears, chronic headaches and/or migraines, neck and shoulder pain, and is often a result of stress. Swollen lymph nodes are usually a symptom of infection. See your dentist for an examination and diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Not TMJ: Not just TMJ with "swollen head" and "swollen lymph nodes" See your MD for complete examination.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
See your PCP: It is important to make an accurate diagnosis to ensure that the correct treatment is given. See your doctor for consultation, tests and diagnosis.

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