Our expert says:
First, I would like to explain to you what is meant by ‘neuralgia’. It is simply the medical term for ‘nerve pain’ It is a term that us doctors sometimes use when we don’t know what is wrong with the patient. If on the other hand they have told you what kind of neuralgia you have, or what is causing the neuralgia, then we would know how to treat it. But it doesn’t seem as though anyone has yet made a proper diagnosis.
As for having your jaw broken because you jaw jumps out when you yawn, please don’t even consider it. Many people have their jaw jump out when they yawn, and if it jumps back again, then it is unlikely to need any treatment. It certainly can not be causing your present symptoms.
The feeling that there is a ‘ball’ moving in your neck when you swallow, and the pain on swallowing may be caused by a number of things, but the most likely is that you have a condition called ‘Eagle’s Syndrome’. This is quite a rare condition caused by a bone in the neck that is longer than usual. It is such an uncommon condition that most doctors will not have heard of it. The only way it can be positively diagnosed is for a very experienced doctor to put a finger at the back of the mouth in the tonsil area, and feel if he or she can feel the bone. A special x-ray would also show the long bone.
Even though this seems the most likely cause, I could only be certain if I examined you. I am going to be in Durban on 15 March. If you would like to see me, please call The Headache Clinic on 0861 678 911 and make an appointment.
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