OMG ... I can't believe I've finally found a group of people who have an anxiety producing symptom that is similar to my own. "Normal" people just don't seem to understand how this can cause so much anxiety.
Make sure to read this whole post. I offer some suggestions and possible treatments at the end.
For almost 7 years, I've had these strange spasming sensations in my neck. The sensation is on the upper right side of my neck, around my jawline and near my ear.
These spasms have caused my social anxiety to go from moderate to extremely severe. Now, I can barely go to the grocery store, and I'm considering dropping out of college because my anxiety to high to pass a required public speaking class.
I call it a spasming sensation because I cannot really feel the spasms if I touch that area. Because of this lack of objective proof, doctors, family, etc. don't take me seriously. For years, this has made me feel weak, as though I seeking treatment for a problem that doesn't really exist. Instead of empathy, I've mostly received pity and disbelief.
However, there is some good news to my story.
For years, I only focused on the sternocliedomastiod, trapizius, and other large neck muscles; however, I was unaware of the platysma muscle.
The platysma muscle is a thin sheet of muscle that lies right underneath the skin and covers most of the front and side regions of the neck, including the area where I feel the spasming sensation. A quick Google images search will provide a better description.
After researching, I eventually found the following quotes from Dr. Sumaiya Khan.
"This (the platysma muscle) is the muscle that can also draw down the corners of the mouth, which helps to make the expression of a grimace"
"When a person shows symptoms of platysma muscle spasms, he will end up having involuntary contractions of this muscle, which may make the person involuntarily grimace"
These unusual symptoms describe a symptom I am having. When it spasms, I feel and see the corners of my mouth draw down as the muscle attempts to pull the jaw down. I can resist; however, it causes a great deal of tension.
Anyways .... I started massaging that area (underneath the jawline on the right side), and I could finally feel the knotted muscle being pulled. To massage it, you have to pull the skin in that area downward or to the side by hand, messaging instrument, etc. The key is try and stretch the surface as opposed to the deeper muscle of the neck. Another thing that helps for me is using a muscle rub, like Biofreeze.
I don't know if you-all have the same cause; however, I felt compelled to make this post just in case. I haven't broken down that knotted area yet, however, I just started, and I have 7 years of accumulated tension to release.
I will let you-all know if this works.
If you have question, post them; however, forgive me it I'm slow to respond, I don't always visit this forum regularly.