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 Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: Ashle TK 
Date:   2019-07-14 07:29

I have been playing for 5 years and this is the first time this has happened to me. I have developed some sort of lump on both sides of my jaw right on the joint. It developed the next day after a performance I had at my school. For that performance my teacher had taught me a new position for my embouchure, but right after that performance, I developed two little bumps on both sides on my jaw. There was some pain after I would practice but it was bearable. It was there for over a month and it did not get any better. I later went on vacation for a few weeks and the size of the lumps got smaller. When I got back and started practicing again, the lump on one side of my jaw is much worse than before and I am unable to open my mouth all the way unless I pop it by yawning which actually hurts. I have never had this before and I don't really know to get rid of this after having it for almost 4 months. I have been trying to look around on the internet but there is not much luck. Have any of you had this before and if so, is it something I need to worry about and how would I help it without taking a break from practicing?

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 Re: Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2019-07-14 11:38

I think you need medical advice rather than musical advice. I'd discuss this problem with your GP or possibly a physical therapist with experience of musician's problems. It might simply be caused by over-practicing, but it could also be an indicator of other problems. Don't play guessing games with your health.

Tony F.

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 Re: Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: BethGraham 
Date:   2019-07-14 17:16

Please go to your doctor or dentist immediately and get it checked out.

From personal experience, I can tell you that jaw joints are nothing to mess around with.

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 Re: Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-07-14 17:35

One possibility, though I'm sure not the only one, is TMJ (temporomandibular joint) inflammation. And it may have been triggered by whatever change your teacher had you make or possibly a misunderstanding on your part of what he wants you to do. Definitely, check with your GP or a dentist. Swelling generally indicates inflammation of *some kind* and persistence suggests that *something* you're doing is keeping things agitated, especially since it seems to improve when you don't play for awhile.


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 Re: Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2019-07-14 22:44

From my own past experience, I would suggest going to both your doctor and dentist. They both have unique sets of knowledge and ways of looking and could probable both give really helpful advice. If you can find a recomendation of one who plays in the woodwind section of a local orchestra, so much the better.

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 Re: Large bump in my jaw joint
Author: m1964 
Date:   2019-07-15 17:38

You may want to look for a dentist or oral surgeon who specializes in treatment of TMJ.
If you live in a metropolitan area you should be able to find one.
I would STOP PRACTICING until you get medical advice.

Good luck

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