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Doctor insights on: I Have Small Bumps Under On Side Of My Neck And My Jaw Muscle Feels Tough

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I have small bumps under on side of my neck and my jaw muscle feels tough?

I have small bumps under on side of my neck and my jaw muscle feels tough?

Need atteion: Any ' tough' or hard lump in the head and neck area need immediate attention, have to see your physician to make sure it is not a metastatic lymph node ( malignant ). ...Read more

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Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Pain in collarbone, neck and very tight jaw muscles. All due to tmd?

Maybe, maybe not: Pain in the collarbone area is not a common sign or symptom in tmd. However, very tight jaw muscles and neck pain are commonly seen in tmd. It sounds like you may be suffering from myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome (mpds), which is one of several forms of tmd (temporomandibular disorders). Treatment for this is usually nonsurgical, involving medication and physical therapy. ...Read more

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Out of nowhere my neck, upper back, and jaw muscles have gotten sore. I haven't laid down or strained them. It has even moved to my cheeks. What is it?

Out of nowhere my neck, upper back, and jaw muscles have gotten sore. I haven't laid down or strained them. It has even moved to my cheeks. What is it?

Bruxism: Hard to say without more information. Your symptoms often result from bruxism - clenching and grinding of the teeth. See your DDS or oral surgeon for assessment. If negative, see MD. ...Read more

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I have a bb sized bump under my jaw below ear. It's next to the muscle that runs down neck. Not painful. I scratched the inside of ear. & it bled good?

I have a bb sized bump under my jaw below ear. It's next to the muscle that runs down neck. Not painful. I scratched the inside of ear. & it bled good?

Infection?: This is probably a small lymph node. It may be associated with an infection in the ear, scalp, face or sinuses. See your doctor to determine if you need treatment for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Stress and health: It depends. Stress can greatly affect all parts of your body. Have you had any other symptoms like fever or sinus/allergy problems that could also describe your swollen glands. ...Read more

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Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles lead to swollen glands in the neck?

Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles lead to swollen glands in the neck?

No: If you have swollen glands in your neck you have a head or neck infection. You need to see dentist about your bruxism, and to be checked for tooth or gum infection. You need to see physician to be checked for ear/throat infection. Stress, clenching, grinding, are not infections but need to be treated. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on each side of my neck, lined up with my ears. I thought maybe it was being my jaw cracks when I open it & it irritated my neck/j?

I have a small bump on each side of my neck, lined up with my ears. I thought maybe it was being my jaw cracks when I open it & it irritated my neck/j?

Bump on jaw: You may be feeling the bony outline of your lower jaw bone, the mandible which has can have small bony protuberances. Alternatively you might be feeling the bottom part of your salivary glands which are located directly underneath the mandible bone. You could also be feeling the insertion of the TMJ muscles on the jaw. I would see your health care provider to have these bumps identified. ...Read more

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I have a small movable bump on the right side of my neck. It's behind my jaw and slightly below the bottom of my skull? Lymph node? Cancer?

I have a small movable bump on the right side of my neck. It's behind my jaw and slightly below the bottom of my skull? Lymph node? Cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Lymph nodes in the neck may become palpable due many conditions in the head/face, including dandruff. Check the node every two weeks or so. If it more than doubles in size, becomes painful, or if other nodes become larger, see your doctor. ...Read more