Top 20 Doctor insights on: Tightness in tongue muscle

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Can muscle knots in the neck be linked tightness in the same side of the tongue?

Can muscle knots in the neck be linked tightness in the same side of the tongue?

Neck and tongue: There are several possible connections here. If the "knots" are swollen lymph nodes due to infection, that could affect the tongue. The Hypoglossal nerve runs down into the neck and back to the tongue, affecting muscle movement of the tongue. The close proximity of tongue to neck can make any discomfort in one, affect the other. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I got tension on left face, canine teeth, upper lower lip, left tongue, muscle feels tight on tmj, mild pain around ear. Is this TMJ?

I got tension on left face, canine teeth, upper lower lip, left tongue, muscle feels tight on tmj, mild pain around ear. Is this TMJ?

Possibly: Go visit your dentist and consider how you can decrease the stress and anxiety in your life. TMJ is almost always caused or at least worsened by stress ...Read more

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Way under the back of my tongue aches and feels over stretched with tight throat muscles, what causes strained feeling under tongue making it hard to talk and swallow. Had normal emg.

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Way under the back of my tongue aches and feels over stretched with tight throat muscles, what causes strained feeling under tongue making it hard to talk and swallow. Had normal emg.

See a Demtst and MD: From a dental standpoint, these symptoms are associated with several types of conditions which include life threatening infections to tmj. Best to have an exam by a dentist and physician for a more thorough exam before jumping to any conclusions. I would also recommend that you not put this off for long. ...Read more

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The muscles on one side of my jaw are very tight today. I can't open my mouth? What could it be?

The muscles on one side of my jaw are very tight today. I can't open my mouth? What could it be?

Trismus: What you are describing is caused trismus, which simply means limited opening of the mouth, which can be due to many things, including tmd (temporomandibular disorders). It could be muscle spasm, perhaps due to bruxism or clenching, or it could be a displaced disc inside the jaw joint, or tmj. This is commonly called a closed lock, and if it persists, you should see a specialist. ...Read more

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I have Cervical Dystonia. Its been 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. Why my scalp is so tight compared to other regions?

I have Cervical Dystonia. Its been 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. Why my scalp is so tight compared to other regions?

See below: Cervical dystonia doesn't necessarily affect the same muscle in everyone. In fact, it most commonly affects the muscles of the cervical spine. See a physiatrist or neurologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I've had Cervical Dystonia for 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. I already use botox. Do you have some tip or sugestion?

I've had Cervical Dystonia for 5 yrs. My scalp was always tight. My mouth muscles aren't tight. I already use botox. Do you have some tip or sugestion?

Stretching: Stretching the neck muscle is also important and sometimes lengthens the effect of botox. A physical therapist can design a stretching program for your neck. Depending on what mouth muscles are tight a speech language pathology us could be helpful. ...Read more

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If facial muscle spasms on right side, from corner of mouth to ear, continue for a week then stop but muscles feel tight, no pain, is it a problem?

If facial muscle spasms on right side, from corner of mouth to ear, continue for a week then stop but muscles feel tight, no pain, is it a problem?

Probably: Hemifacial spasm is what you describe. The nerve to the face is irritated. The muscles were damaged due to overuse and are now recovering. The cause must be determined. Could be virus or trauma or due to tumor or disease of the nerve. A thorough neurological evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can spastic chronically tight muscles on the neck and jaw area cause referred pain around the mouth, lips, nose?

Can spastic chronically tight muscles on the neck and jaw area cause referred pain around the mouth, lips, nose?

Can be referred pain: But Need more information. There can be other causes of these symptoms and this needs to be evaluated. Ask you physician to have you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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New to gerd. My neck muscles tighten and my voice hurts to talk at times. Common? On Prilosec bid. Also back of tongue hurts.

New to gerd. My neck muscles tighten and my voice hurts to talk at times. Common? On Prilosec bid. Also back of tongue hurts.

More Dx: There are other medications that can be used along with diet modifications and\or surgical options. I would discuss the situation with your gastroenterologist further. There are diagnostic tests that may help determine the best answer. Without knowing what tests have been done so far it's hard to go further on this forum. ...Read more

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What reliefs tight shoulder muscles?

What reliefs tight shoulder muscles?

Tight shoulder: Adequate warmup, stretch before. Adequate cooldown, stretch after a workout or exercise. Ice followed by heat. Occasional topical creams. ...Read more

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What would cause tight pelvic muscles?

What would cause tight pelvic muscles?

See below: One of the most common causes is inactivity and lack of exercise. Activity helps stretch and condition the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause like tight facial muscles?

Can TMJ cause like tight facial muscles?

Yes: Problems with your TMJ may often be multifactorial and involve the muscles of mastication through clenching, grinding, or other abnormal movements. TMJ pain may come and go, often increased when one is under stress. Clench, grinding, or posturing ones jaw in a certain way could strain facial muscles. Try relaxing the mind and jaw, using warm compress, and even anti inflammatories if safe for you. ...Read more

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Can muscles in front of voice box be tight?

Can muscles in front of voice box be tight?

Rather a lot of: Possibilites. Cannot say in your particular case without an examination. Swelling INSIDE can do this. Nodes, throat infection, big thyroid. Then... muscle spasms, even an outpouching of the muscles lining the esophagus. (zenkers' diverticula). ...Read more

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I have high anxiety is it cause my tight shoulders muscles?

I have high anxiety is it cause my tight shoulders muscles?

It can: Anxiety causes many physical symptoms all over your body -- including muscle tension in shoulders and neck. Some people take pain meds for this, but a more direct intervention is to help the anxiety itself. You can see a therapist to explore & deal with your anxiety. If need be, antianxiety medications may also be used. You can also help yourself by getting massage, doing deep breathing, etc. ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more

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Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Sort of.: Tight muscles can certainly cause prickly sensations in the overlying skin. This is probably due to irritation of small nerves. It may also be due to medications or anxiety. In any case, gentle stretching may help. ...Read more

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I have a feeling of a tight band around the back of my tongue, any ideas of cause?

I have a feeling of a tight band around the back of my tongue, any ideas of cause?

LPR possibly: Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat, post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, throat clearing and tongue diiscomfort. It is also a contributing factor to ear eustachian tube and sinus problems. It responds well to proton pump inhibitor rx. See ENT md. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more