So ive been suffering from jaw pain, clicking, grinding, popping for years(since about 2009) so a long time. Severity comes and goes. Recently its been really bad. Jaw pain mostly on the left side altho sometimes its on the right as well. Tends the radiate down my neck and along my jaw bone. Pressure and pain in my ears and my face. Pressure in eyes. Facial twiching and vibrating feeling. So I go BACK to the dr. Theyve been telling me for years I have tmj but Ive never had any actualy scans. Because of my tmj and sinus issues she decides to send me for a scan to look for growths. CAT scan of my face comes back clear. Sinuses look good, no growths but it shows I have a deviated septum. She also sends me for an ultrasound of my neck to make sure there are no tumors or issues with blood vessels( im assuming). Havent spoken with the dr yet but the ultrasound tech told me my neck looks good but under my jaw and near the jaw joint I have enlarged lymph nodes. Im really scared. I dont know what this means. Everything I google is pointing to cancer. Anyone else ever experience this? My next step is the ent. They will most likely send me for more scans. Has anyone ever had enlarged lymph nodes just from having tmj? The nodes are on the left side which is the side that typically hurts the most.
I think I read in one of these threads that TMJ can cause the ears to itch. Anyone know anything about that? I can deal with the jaw pain. I eat soft foods when it's bad but refuse to give up pizza and soft pretzels, or bagels (the worst for me). But my ears itch 24/7 , just about 365. It would just be nice to know that I'm not alone.