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what about gills?

Postby notRoman » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:20 am

Ok, I don't know what it is, but I had an interesting experience this morning. I have these muscles behind my ears or thereabouts inside. I can't feel anything exteriorly (not the same muscles that actually move my ears). When I move them (voluntarily or otherwise) there is a sort of click sound and if I hold it kind of a wavering sound. It would seem that there are muscles very close to the eardrum. Sometimes some bodily disturbance that I can't begin to define (never thought about it much before) but sort of to do with the throat usually I guess (not sure) will cause these muscles to engage. When I woke up in the morning, it was not bad, but happening a lot. It's sort of like an itch response I guess. Ok, I was half awake, but at first it seemed like it was extreme enough that there was even a fluttering sound to it rather than a single movement click sound. This got me to thinking about vestigial gills. So, I got the idea to breathe deeply and maybe that would calm it down. Sure enough, that seemed to help.

Now, I know, I was just waking up and that's totally anecdotal and possibly psychosomatic, but it made me wonder if possibly there was some super ancient vestige of gills that retained this voluntary and involuntary movement along with a slight neurological instinct for breathing even. Or is this just some musculature that helps me regulate the air pressure in my ears?

What do you think?
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Postby joe777 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:08 pm

It's likely that it's just a muscle spasm. You might want to get it looked at, though it may just be a lack of blood getting to that area.
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Postby notRoman » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:46 am

Well yes, the fluttering thing that I mentioned was probably a meaningless spasm, but maybe not. Lack of blood? Ok, but why would that happen. It didn't seem unusual except the very existence of such muscles which seems a little weird. I can move them voluntarily at any time. It wasn't an out of control kind of thing. (and I wonder how they would "look" at it anyway. I guess they have their ways, or not.)
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