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Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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Why do my neck cramp when I yawn?

Why do my neck cramp when I yawn?

Probable muscles: There are probably muscle spasms. The question is why do the muscles cramp? This can be related to your breathing, head posture, jaw joint or chewing efficiency, airway space, sleep disturbances, etc. I would check with you physician or dentist to see if the answer to why the muscles cramp is discovered. Then you will know what and how to treat. ...Read more

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Been getting a sharp pain and sometime a cramp in my neck when I yawn or open my mouth wide what could cause this?

Been getting a sharp pain and sometime a cramp in my neck when I yawn or open my mouth wide what could cause this?

TMJ: It is likely tmj. Try Ibuprofen or see an oral facial maxial surgeon. But please see a doctor if this is really affecting you. ...Read more

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Can enlarged thyroid cause throat clearing and excess sputum feeling?

Can enlarged thyroid cause throat clearing and excess sputum feeling?

Throat Clearing: Unless the thyroid is asymmetric or huge, would not cause throat clearing. Chronic fatigue and throat clearing, rule out:
acid reflux with reduced sleep
post nasal drip due to chronic sinusitis

generalized aching: consider gum disease or sinus disease.
Sinusitis: see www. Grossaninstitute. Com. ...Read more

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How can enlarged thyroid with throat tightening or throat spasm be treated

How can enlarged thyroid with throat tightening or throat spasm be treated

Goiter: If the thyroid is large it can cause narrowing of the airway and that is an indication for surgery. You should have your thyroid hormone levels checked, if hyper or hypoactive it can be treated. If the hormone level is normal, you should have a cat scan to determine if the gland is narrowing the breathing pipe or trachea. If so surgery may treat your problem. Finally you should look for other causes of shortness of breath including asthma or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Throat tightness, and Difficulty breathing. Last may 5 201?

I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Throat tightness, and Difficulty breathing. Last may 5 201?

Head & Neck Surgeon: You have a goiter that is pressing on your pharynx and even compressing your trachea (your airway). You need to have it removed surgically ASAP! Go see MD (not a nurse practitioner) and don't let them dilly dally around. Get an Ultrasound or a CAT scan of your neck done to verify the source of the mass, and get a referral to a Head and Neck Surgeon ASAP!!! ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

No: It's common but not normal. See your doc for labwork, exam and possibly a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, or just swollen lymph nodes in the neck? How do you tell the difference?

Enlarged thyroid, or just swollen lymph nodes in the neck? How do you tell the difference?

Depends on location: The thyroid gland resides at the base of the neck on both sides of the trachea (cartilage-encased breathing tube). The neck lymph nodes that can swell up are typically found under the angle of the jaw, directly under the chin, and along the mid neck (along the carotid arteries). A physical exam or ultrasound exam by your doctor can help you distinguish these possibilities. ...Read more

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Blood Results say hyperthyroid if no nodules & no palpable enlarged thyroid What's the cause? Adenoids/other in the neck press on thyroid cause probs?

Blood Results say hyperthyroid if no nodules & no palpable enlarged thyroid What's the cause? Adenoids/other in the neck press on thyroid cause probs?

Hyperthyroidism: Occurs in a certain percentage or people without known cause, although many causes are of immune origin. It tends to run in families and is most common in young women, but can occur in either sex at any age. Nothing in your neck caused it. If the diagnosis is confirmed, make sure it's treated properly. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid enlargement impinge upon your nerves and cause neck pain?

Possible, but: Unlikely. Have a checkup with your doctor if you have neck pain. ...Read more

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My Daughter has thyroid enlargement. Sym were Neck bulge & Cough, trouble swallowing, tired. Ultrasound said thyroid enlarged no mass, what causes this?

Several causes.: Enlarger thryoid is called a goiter, and in many countries is caused by lact of iodine in the diet, but that is rare in the US. More likely, since no masses or nodules are seen on ultrasound, it is caused by Graves disease or hyperthyroidism or inflammation of the gland often called Hashimoto's. Blood tests for T3, T4 and antibodies are helpful. See http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/goiter/symptoms-causes/dxc-20264595 ...Read more

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Neck u/s done 4 globus sensation showed borderline enlarged thyroid, suggests underlying thyroiditis. Is it cause of globus? Is serious? Labs normal

Neck u/s done 4 globus sensation showed borderline enlarged thyroid, suggests underlying thyroiditis. Is it cause of globus? Is serious? Labs normal

Test results: An important part of tests (ultra-sound, etc) is understandable feedback and recommendations - incl "Don't worry". Ask about anything you'd worry about otherwise. Normal labs are good and suggest it's not serious but thyroiditis might call for check-ups from time to time. Ask. Best! ...Read more

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I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Hoarse voice, and Cough. What should I do? T4 results 4.32 and TSH 0.006.

I am experiencing thyroid enlargement. The following also describe me: Neck lump or bulge, Hoarse voice, and Cough. What should I do? T4 results 4.32 and TSH 0.006.

Inconsistency: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your T4 and TSH results do not comport with each other. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests or see and endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism and an enlarged thyroid cause presure on the head, eyes and tightness on the neck, presure/fulnes in my ear as well as dizziness?

Can hyperthyroidism and an enlarged thyroid cause presure on the head, eyes and tightness on the neck, presure/fulnes in my ear as well as dizziness?

Yes, Need Treatment: Hyperthyroidism can cause a lot of symptoms. Some people will feel pressure in the neck because the thyroid is usually enlarged. You may feel pressure in your head/ears from increased blood flow, heart rate, anxiety...Dizziness/lightheadedness is very common. The eyes may open wider than nl (in Graves' dz the eye muscles enlarge). With tx the sx's should improve quickly! The eyes may need spec tx. ...Read more

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I just yawned and my jaw/throat area got a cramp. It hurt really bad for about 10 seconds and felt like someone was sticking a needle in my jaw-throat area! Why did this happen?

I just yawned and my jaw/throat area got a cramp. It hurt really bad for about 10 seconds and felt like someone was sticking a needle in my jaw-throat area! Why did this happen?

It is a muscle spasm: When you yawn the jaw muscles can get out of sync and the main opening muscle of the jaw called the lateral pterygoid muscle can get a spasm. It is nothing to worry about.
Be careful when you yawn. It is like a charley horse. ...Read more

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When I yawn, cough, or open my mouth I get a cramp on the right side of my throat. What could this be?

When I yawn, cough, or open my mouth I get a cramp on the right side of my throat. What could this be?

Muscle spasm!: You may well have problems related to grinding your teeth while sleeping and therefore making you more prone to this type of muscle spasm! Should prob talk with your dentist about this! ...Read more

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Sometimes when I yawn or jerk my head down to fast (like dodging something) my throat/neck will go numb on one side for a few seconds. What is this?

Sometimes when I yawn or jerk my head down to fast (like dodging something) my throat/neck will go numb on one side for a few seconds. What is this?

Nerve compression: In order to experience transient numbness you must be compressing sensory nerves supplying your neck and throat. If this symptom has been present for some time, or if it persists, you should see a physician to diagnose the source of the problem. ...Read more

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My throat is really sore it's painful to swallow, talk, yawn, it also hurts my ears to swallow and my neck is sore. What could this be?

My throat is really sore it's painful to swallow, talk, yawn, it also hurts my ears to swallow and my neck is sore. What could this be?

Doctor can evaluate: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Sore throats can heal on their own, but antibiotics are used for strep throat. ...Read more

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I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

I have a headache stiff neck and sore throat, I woke up like this. I feel like cramp?

See doctor today: If you have a fever with stiff neck and headache you need to go to Emergency now. If you do not have a fever then see your doctor or an urgent care today. ...Read more

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Can a muscle cramp in your jaw or neck feel like a sharp pain in these areas when swallowing? Not inside the throat or mouth.

Can a muscle cramp in your jaw or neck feel like a sharp pain in these areas when swallowing? Not inside the throat or mouth.

Muscle cramps: Muscle cramps in the jaw or neck can certainly cause sharp pains when swallowing. There are a lot of muscles involved in the swallowing process so this is not unexpected. ...Read more

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Breathlessness after light activity, bloated/stomach cramps, gassy, sweating, tiredness, pain in shoulders, neck, arms, head, throat pain. Any idea?

Breathlessness after light activity, bloated/stomach cramps, gassy, sweating, tiredness, pain in shoulders, neck, arms, head, throat pain. Any idea?

Food allergy, mold: The first step you will need to do is treat your gut - GI tract. Most of these symptoms stem from here. You likely have a food allergy to 1 or more foods. Gluten or dairy are the most likely. I wrote a blog on my website www. Rejuvemedical. Com about gluten sensitivity though it can apply to any food. You will need to take a good quality probiotic and some digestive enzymes. Another poss is mold. ...Read more

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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more