Bottom jaw shaking. Cause unknown please help!

ishannonkelly

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Hey guys, someone posted exactly the same issue 6 yrs ago but no one knew what was causing this. My fingers are crossed there has been some advances in testing since.

Monkey is a rescue, about 4-6 yrs old. He started these jaw shaking episodes a few months ago. Sometimes it’s mild and sometimes it’s much worse where I can hear it from across the house. It is not the same as the head tremors seen in his bread. It typically happens when he is inside and relaxed or sleepy. It’s never happened outside or while we are playing.

I will post a link to the YouTube video of the mild version. I have yet to capture a heavy episode.
I have read and researched and took him to the vet for blood work and everything is normal.
He doesn’t appear to be in pain and can be distracted out of it for the most part. It only lasts for about 30 seconds to 1 min.
Our vet doesn’t seem concerned or interested in figuring it out. We have a little extra hurdle with this guy as he is a rescue with extreme fear of other people. The only way he is able to go see a vet is sedated and with a mussel so diagnosis is very limited. My husband and I are the only 2 he will tolerate being around. Yes, we have tried training and therapy.

Here is the video link. Please please let me know if you have seen this or know what is causing it! This guy has had a hard life and we just want to give him the best for the rest of it. I don’t know if this could relate in anyway but he had both knees repaired in the past 2 years.
https://youtube.com/shorts/tPK67IbRvg0?feature=share
 
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ishannonkelly

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Thank you so much. I was hoping someone else in the forums had a similar experience to help narrow some things down. I found something in the forum from about 6 years ago and the video was exactly the same situation. That’s how I found you guys. It appears to look like a tremor of some sort.
I agree, with his history, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t have some old jaw trauma or injury that is now surfacing as he’s gotten older. It’s just odd it started now and has never happened before.
I really appreciate your link and will continue to search.
 

oscarmayer

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Firstly, THANK YOU for rescuing this guy!
I have never seen this type of [lower jaw] tremor, shaking before. This appears to be a partial seizure which usually affects one side or one part of the body, or just the head. It's a neurological issue...and can get worse and evolve into grand mal. If your Vet isn't sure about what's causing it, he should refer you to a specialist instead of being dismissive or indifferent. That's likely the only way you will figure it out. In many of cases we've experienced, the cause is a brain tumor. And in most of those cases, the patient lived for a long time often passing from something unrelated to the tumor.
There is medication that can help prevent these episodes...once correctly dignosed.
 

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Welcome and thank you for rescuing him!

I have nothing to add but hope you and your handsome boy get some answer.

Please keep us posted


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Firstly, THANK YOU for rescuing this guy!
I have never seen this type of [lower jaw] tremor, shaking before. This appears to be a partial seizure which usually affects one side or one part of the body, or just the head. It's a neurological issue...and can get worse and evolve into grand mal. If your Vet isn't sure about what's causing it, he should refer you to a specialist instead of being dismissive or indifferent. That's likely the only way you will figure it out. In many of cases we've experienced, the cause is a brain tumor. And in most of those cases, the patient lived for a long time often passing from something unrelated to the tumor.
There is medication that can help prevent these episodes...once correctly dignosed.
Looks like head tremors.
 

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