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Sometimes I will yawn or just out of nowhere, and will get an extreme painful "cramp" almost like a 'charlie horse' in my neck that lasts for 20 or 30 seconds and hurts for upwards of an hour or two afterwards.

The first type of attack is essentially if I yawn or turn my neck in a strange way, or even if I swallow too hard I will get an extremely painful cramp in my neck which is very similar to a charlie horse. It usually lasts from 15-30 seconds, occasionally up to a minute, and the pain will linger like that of a pulled muscle for minutes, hours, or even days after the attack.

The second type of attack I have is a cramping encompassing a larger area, where my neck, throat, and tongue all seem to cramp together. It is very painful and it also has with it a lingering pain that can last for minutes, or even hours. When this occurs I get the symptom I described above, but in this case my throat seems to cramp in addition to my neck, although I can still breath, and my tongue will cramp, with the rear part of the tongue almost feeling like it is balling up like a charlie horse. In my last attack my tongue took several minutes before I could move it like before, and the pain in the back of the tongue lasted for a couple hours.

The first type of attack happens a few times per year, with the second type of attack occurring very rarely. I am wondering if anyone else has had similar attacks and if they were able to figure out the root cause of it?
SirMack, I too have very painful cramps in the base of my throat, and cannot figure out why, I also have noticed a swelling over the "soft" portion of my throat below the adams apple. I can yawn, or more often cough and it causes the cramps to start and hold. I have COPD,so cough violently and sometimes get nauseated because of the mucus I cough up so then I throw up and the muscle cramps are horrible. I am sorry for your problems, and hope you found out why it is happening, I am going to the Doctor tomorrow because I have gotten bronchitis and need antibiotics,I am going to tell him about my throat and I will let you know what he says.

QUOTE=SirMack;3796044]Sometimes I will yawn or just out of nowhere, and will get an extreme painful "cramp" almost like a 'charlie horse' in my neck that lasts for 20 or 30 seconds and hurts for upwards of an hour or two afterwards.

The first type of attack is essentially if I yawn or turn my neck in a strange way, or even if I swallow too hard I will get an extremely painful cramp in my neck which is very similar to a charlie horse. It usually lasts from 15-30 seconds, occasionally up to a minute, and the pain will linger like that of a pulled muscle for minutes, hours, or even days after the attack.

The second type of attack I have is a cramping encompassing a larger area, where my neck, throat, and tongue all seem to cramp together. It is very painful and it also has with it a lingering pain that can last for minutes, or even hours. When this occurs I get the symptom I described above, but in this case my throat seems to cramp in addition to my neck, although I can still breath, and my tongue will cramp, with the rear part of the tongue almost feeling like it is balling up like a charlie horse. In my last attack my tongue took several minutes before I could move it like before, and the pain in the back of the tongue lasted for a couple hours.

The first type of attack happens a few times per year, with the second type of attack occurring very rarely. I am wondering if anyone else has had similar attacks and if they were able to figure out the root cause of it?[/QUOTE]
I am so glad I found this thread. I have had this VERY same thing happen. I didn't know how to describe it. Its like if I lean just the wrong way with my neck I get the most excrutiating cramp in my neck. It nearly paralizes me. I have had it off and on for maybe a couple of months. I haven't really kept track. But now I have a swollen area or something inside just below my chin right in where the tonsil would be or top of throat. I am afraid of course. I suppose I should head to an ENT. I just hate always running to the doctor without giving something a chance to run it's course. What did you all figure out when it came to the cramping in the neck?please wait 2 seconds for an uncompressed image, or press Ctrl+F5 for original quality page:(
My daughter and I suffer from this same ailment...we yawn and, once in a while, the left front side of our throats cramp up. I have had it for so long, I just pop it back into place by moving that muscle side to side until it pops back into place. My daughter is currently at an outpatient center having it looked at. It used to pop back into place and now it's been stuck for about 22 hours now. She was given muscle relaxers and ibuprofen (prescribed). I can tell you right now, no one knows what we are all talking about and I have read everyones responses...the best, if possible, cure is to pop it back into place. Doctors have told us it's an unusual muscle spasm in our throats. I hope enough people report this particular spasm to their doctors so that the medical community can come up with an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
This morning I am going to have a CT scan on my neck for this very thing. I get a cramp in my neck on the left side if I move or yawn just a certain way. I have to stretch my neck out and pop it back into place. It feels like I have a lump inside. My regular doctor couldn't feel anything from the outside so that's why I am getting th imaging done. I am concerned and frightened. I pray its nothing serious.
I just finished having one of these cramps that many of you are describing on the left side of my throat. The cramp is basically from the end of my collar bone in the base of my neck clear up to underneath my chin. Swallowing or talking are both extremely painful, and when I do swallow it feels like something is going to rip or break in my adam's apple, it almost feels like it is off track.

I have had this a few times before but they usually go away with some massaging after about 15 minutes, this time however it lasted about 3 hours before it finally relaxed and I had to take some muscle relaxers and massage vigorously to help it to relax. I have noticed the feeling of it popping back into place that some of you have mentioned, although it wasnt as profound this time, I basically had to lay on my back and massage and wait for the muscle to relax.

My guess is that it is a muscular-skeletal issue, probably from an old neck injury in my case. Best of luck to you all in figuring out this very painful ailment.
I am the one that originally started this thread. It has been a couple years since then and I still have the issue. Doctors don't know what it is, or could be, nor have they figured it out.

Same symptoms. Will usually happen when I yawn a certain way or move my head a certain way and suddenly I get what I can only describe is a "charlie horse" cramp in the front of my neck. If it is a really intense one I can have lingering pain for days like a pulled muscle.

It is just something I have been living with. :(

If anyone has found anything out about this condition please do share.

Thanks!
Ive had this problem ever since high school. I too am a high anxiety type of person so that might have something to do with it. When I do a big yawn or open my mouth really wide to eat a giant sandwich it sometimes triggers a really tense and sharp cramp on the left side of on the bottom of my jaw: from the hinge to the chin. Since the beginning I have found the way to stop it. I close my jaw and then push really hard with two thumbs on the knot of muscle I can feel cramping under my jaw. I feel the muscle sort of "shake" down and relax into its original position after a min or so. I don't think its tmj that's a joint problem this is definitely some kind of muscle cramp. Eat more potassium, eat bananas more. More sleep will probably help too.
I see this thread is some what old. But I too have this condition and had an episode this weekend that lasted apx 6 hours. I usually can stretch neck and pop back in but struggled this time. For me the pain goes into ear also and begins to feel like an ear ache. I went to ER a few years ago and was told it is a type of muscle cramp and I need to stretch my neck muscles. Do muscle relaxers help anyone? I am considering going to an ENT, wondering if an MRI would provide any information. Was nice to see I am not the only person that others understand. The pain is very intense - swallowing almost impossible and feel so wiped out after it passes.
I have not followed up and tried to get a scan or anything. It is on my to do list. Has anyone had their throat scoped or scanned and found anything out other than it is a type of muscle cramp or spasm? I agree with what someone said earlier, the best way to describe it is a charlie horse in the throat. Many years ago a doctor prescribed nitogylercin pills that they use to use for heart conditions thinking it would dialate the muscles in my throat. That did not help.
Muscle relaxers do help. I get these stupid cramps all over in places you would never think to cramp up every day. However the muscle relaxers do help me not to have them as often, especially in my throat. If I even feel a twitch in my throat I take an extra one.





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