• Spasm of tensor tympani muscle

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    JanDob posted:
    Hello,

    I have been diagnosed by my ENT with intermittent spasm of tensor tympani muscle in my right ear and I know it is a right diagnose because I have been through a great deal of stress lately and it somewhat "damaged" my nerves. I can feel and see for example also a fasciculation on my calfs (but sometimes even on other parts of my body). The Eustachian Tube is ok, ENT said.

    The spasm feels like a "clicking" sound in my ear and it it the worst during speaking when conversation is somewhat stressful for me. It occurs then mainly during swallowing but generally it occurs virtually whenever (but in less intensity). Maybe it is worse in the morning after getting up. I feel that my ear is then sometimes "tired".

    I had noticed this problem about one month ago and now it has devoloped in chronic nature.

    I' ve been taking Lexaurin (Bromazepamum) (according to my ENT advice) (so far 2x1,5 mg a day, and now I'm starting to take 3x1,5 MG a day, 1 tbl in the morning and 2 tbls in the evening) along with magnesium, b-complex vitamins and other balanced vitamins and minerals (calcium and magnesium 2:1). So far with no significant effect. I am maybe a less anxious but the spasm in my right ear still continues. I know that I should rid off stress as much as possible but trouble is that spasm anxious me, it isn't accompanied with pain but it is annoying anyway so it's some kind of "vicious circle".

    I'm considering to change Lexaurin for Myolastan (Tetrazepamum) which should have larger myorelaxant effect.

    But in general, I want to take these psychofarmacs only for a necessary period of time.

    Than I have question. Do you think that repeated politzeration could help? To somewhat "loose" the muscle? I'm aware of autopolitzerating my ear and I do it sometimes and seems to help a bit but without any long lasting effect.

    I'm thinking also about some muscle relaxation psysical exercise but when the muscle is in my ear I don't know how. Then I'm considering some massage or other "alternative" methods like acupunctury.

    What are your treatment suggestions or advice? Do you think it will, itself, go away in time if i try to be stress free as much as possible?

    Thank you in advance. I very much appreciate it.

    Jan Dob. Czech Republic. The Old Continent ).

    P.S. I have felt these muscle contractions in my ear already about twice in my lifetime, so I have probably more sensitive nerves here, but it has been only a momentary matter and then it went away immediately. But now the stress I've been through, was so great and long lasting, that it has developed to this chronic matter.

    I don't have any other problems with my ears and I have never have them in my life time (except for those stated above).

    Again. Thank you. I'm 28 years old.

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  • RE: Spasm of tensor tympani muscle

    I also experienced this very scary and frustrating health issue of ear muscle spasms. I would like to share how it was solved to help others who also have it. First, it would help if I explained how it started. One night I had little sleep, around 3-4 hours. I foolishly stayed up all the following night playing a super intense video game. Before going to sleep that morning, I was hearing the twitching and thudding noise in my ear, like a spasm in my ear. When I woke up, it was still there. I also had a twitch under one of my eyes. And then the twitching would not stop. It was very frightening. The noise was going on non-stop in my ear. It was extremely annoying. I cried out to the Lord Jesus to help me. And God showed me how to stop it: by relaxing. I did a lot of research online, and relaxation was a common and effective recommendation for how to treat this twitching. I learned that in my case the twitching was brought on by being super intense and stressed physically. I had strained the muscle in my ear so much that it went into spasms. I believe that this is God's design when we overexert a part of our bodies. It is his way of telling us to loosen up. The answer then was to let the ear muscle rest and relax to recover. So the following week I tried to sleep a lot. I slept around 10-12 hours some nights. I took long restful warm baths. I tried hard to relax my body physically. After about 7 days the twitching started to subside. When it started going away, I felt like crying. Thank God! The twitching continued happening less and less until it was gone after around 12 days. I know some other people may have different cases than mine, but for people whose situation is like me, I hope this helps. God bless you!