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Does the MRI of my head show any TMJ problem?

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Dr. Kumar. M

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Published At May 13, 2017
Reviewed AtJuly 5, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

It has been a long tiring search to find out what is wrong with me and I want to get a second opinion on the MRI of my head. The main symptoms I am having for three months are a constant sore throat, right ear feels clogged, ringing in ears at times, eyes are red all the time and sting a lot, a bad TMJ, constantly clear my throat, slight numbness on left side of the face and left back shoulder area. I wanted to ask, do my sinuses show any abnormality or thickening? Do I have any visible mass or lymph node problems? Is there any problem with my TMJ? It all started with a pain in my right upper quadrant, and then CT scan showed hemangiomas and cysts on my liver and bilateral parapelvic cysts. So, thinking the worst, I had MRI of the head and abdomen done with contrast. After many opinions and radiologist readings, they have all said my liver lesions appear benign. I have also had a clear colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. MRI of the head showed thickening of mucosa in sinuses, but it does not say how bad. I have tried everything from nasal sprays to eye drops, to allergy pills and still the same. I read that TMJD can cause eye, ear, face, and throat symptoms so wanted to get this MRI reread. I have had constant clearing of the throat and post-nasal drip for many years with no relief. All my blood reports are also normal.

Answered by Dr. Kumar. M

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) Can you please send me CT of paranasal sinuses, facial bones, inner ear, and neck.Have you ever consulted an ENT specialist before? You need to do a diagnostic endoscopic study of nose, throat, and ear. If possible post these pictures.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying. Would upper endoscopy be able to see throat issues or just esophagus? I consulted a local ENT, and he said that it is acid reflux. However, I have not consulted anyone since the MRI.

Answered by Dr. Kumar. M

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The MRI shows no abnormality, it does not show the neck, so it is hard to comment on the lymph nodes in the throat or neck. A CT scan of the facial bones is needed to comment on TMJ. And also get a pure tone audiometry and impedance audiometry to rule over any ear pathology.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kumar. M
Dr. Kumar. M

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

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