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TMJ erruption, talking aleve, swollen neck. Should i be concerned about carotid artery?

I seem to have a TMJ erruption, since, Wednesday. I ve been talking Aleve two twice aday It seems a little better, but ,I notice a swelling on the left side of my up neck like a bulge right below the ear area. Is that the coratid artery do I need to be concerned right now? Can I wait to see a dentist or Dr. Monday? It s making me very anxious Thx for your help I just took two Aleve.Myabe, I need to put warm compress. Do you think it s something with the heart? I m 65 years old. overweight.
Asked On : Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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hello.. first of all dont be anxious at all, its a minor problem.. the swelling of neck may be your inflammed muscle.. As u had taken aleve ur inflammation is reduced..

as per ur description i think its disease of tmj related muscles and is called MPDS.. your clinical and radiographic investigations can properly diagnose the condition. pain in tmj region is commonest by MPDS .. causes include excessive occlusal load on tmj..

Removal of excessive load on tmj, Soft diet, Muscle relaxation by muscle relaxants, NSAIDs gel/ tablet, warm fomentation will resolve the tenderness and swelling in region..

Carotid artery is rarely involved in TMJ diseases.. so dont worry..
Answered: Wed, 6 Jun 2012
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