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Feeling I have something stuck in my throat...

(22 Posts)
CocktailQueen Fri 31-Jan-14 12:42:49

I've felt as though there is something stuck in my throat since a bad throat infection last August. Eventually went to the GP who prescribed Lansoprazole for a month, then I have to go back after a month to see if there has been any chance/it has gone away.

Does anyone have any experience of this?? I can feel it there all the time now, and it makes me keep swallowing and sometimes makes me cough.

It feels like it has moved from where it used to be, though. I read that this could be a symptom of throat cancer, so I am worried. I have no other symptoms - no pain, heartburn, etc.

Help, please?

Middleagedmotheroftwo Fri 31-Jan-14 12:45:11

you may have just scratched your throat, and there's a little bit of scar tissue. Scratches often feel as if you've got something stuck there.

If you're worried though, get yourself back to GP pronto!

Lauren83 Fri 31-Jan-14 23:20:13

Could it be a tonsil stone? How big does it feel? I had one once and it drove me mad, I could feel it constantly and kept gulping water trying to get rid of if

Lauren x

hiddenhome Sat 01-Feb-14 00:01:17

Are you swallowing mucous? Post nasal drip feels like you have something stuck and also causes a cough.

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 01-Feb-14 00:33:34

Think this is called globus. Google it and see if it sounds like what you have?

DaPrincessBride Sat 01-Feb-14 00:42:47

I would see your gp for a referral to gastroenterologist - an endoscopy can look for any scarring, strictures etc and there is plenty they can do to get rid of it, it must feel horrible. The esophagus is very prone to inflammation so try not to worry!

Peppermintbark Sat 01-Feb-14 07:15:04

Look up eagle syndrome.

I have this, and for me it started with always feeling like I had something stuck in my throat. Mine comes and goes depending on whether my neck muscles are stiff - tight muscles/ligaments press on the nerves involved.

CocktailQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 08:27:01

Wow - thanks! No, no mucus. No cold at all.

Sometimes it's really obvious; at other times I can't feel it. Very odd.

Have googled globus - thank you - and it does sound similar. The only difference is mine started after a throat infection when I had a huge lump in my throat and the GP said, when it went down, it could have left a baggy bit of skin <boak> which was what I could feel.

Hmm. Not sure about Eagle syndrome - I have no pain and it's been going on since August, on and off. how is yours treated, Peppermint?

My tonsils look fine and normal, thanks, Lauren. GP had a look and didn't say there was anything wrong with them.

paddyclampo Sat 01-Feb-14 14:54:26

I had this and it was a nodule on my thyroid gland - completely benign. I also had a lump in the front of my neck that I could feel from the outside!

SamU2 Sat 01-Feb-14 18:18:39

I get this all the time. Sometimes I feel like I have a hair stuck in there. GP looked and saw nothing and found no lumps so put it down to globus hysteria related to my anxiety.

I only notice mine in the evening, the GP said if it was cancer that feeling would never go away.

willyhaschips Sat 01-Feb-14 19:11:25

Could be silent reflux. You don't have to have 'heartburn' to be suffering from GERD. I have the condition... which I can control by not eating gluten and drinking caffeine.

CocktailQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 00:32:28

Thanks, Sam, that's helpful. I have no lump on the outside that I can feel. Haven't felt it at all today! Odd.

Nessalina Sun 02-Feb-14 00:44:50

I was also going to say a tonsilolith (tonsil stone)! I've tended to get them every now and again, it's a bit ming, but you can get build up of calcium and other minerals in the folds of your tonsil which form little white 'stones' lodged in the tonsils. They're totally harmless - I cough up a teeny one every now and again.
Anyway, about six months back I had a mild bought of laryngitis, and afterwards couldn't shake the sensation of a lump in my throat when swallowing. It was driving me mad! Eventually I spent some time with a mirror and a small torch and realised if I stuck my tongue right out I could see some white near the back of my right tonsil! I fished about with a thin cotton bud and dislodged a rather large tonsil stone shock It looked very similar to (and about the same size as) the picture on the Wikipedia page. It was such a relief and the sensation went away immediately.

PontOffelPock Sun 02-Feb-14 00:58:13

Its a big symptom of GERD

HypodeemicNerdle Sun 02-Feb-14 06:57:03

Reading this with interest as I was about to post a very similar question.

However my 'lump' has come on very quickly, my throat is sore but not desperately so. I'm having trouble swallowing liquids without extra effort. My throat feels different when I breathe. It feels like the swelling you get with tonsillitis but I don't have the pain or temperature.

I have googled all the suggestions above and none really fit. It's woken me up this morning which is highly unusual, I sleep through anything normally.

I can't decide if it's bad enough to seek medical attention today, I don't want to be a drama queen.

Does anyone have other suggestions what it could be

CocktailQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 09:55:40

Hi hypodermic - yours sounds more like a throat infection. Lumps in your throat can feel huge. I'd try pain relief, fluids and see how you get on today. Have a look at your tonsils with a torch - how do they look?

In summer the night before we went away, my throat was so sore that I went to ooh clinic in the morning - it felt as though my throat was closing up and I couldn't breathe, vv painful. Had been awake all night with it. Nurse said viral, fluids, rest and my throat wasn't closing up, it just felt like it was.

Hope you feel better soon.

CocktailQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 09:57:41

Hmm, I don't have any other gerd symptoms.

willyhaschips Sun 02-Feb-14 22:11:18

You don't have to have any other GERD symptoms. That's why it's called silent reflux.

CocktailQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 00:39:44

Thanks, willy. Just seems odd to have only one symptom...

gingeroots Mon 03-Feb-14 09:33:07

Cocktail queen - you need to see your GP .With those symptoms they wont think you're a drama queen .

CocktailQueen Tue 04-Feb-14 19:42:34

Well, I have this Lansoprazole to take for a month, so will make an appt to see my GP after the month.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Tue 04-Feb-14 21:22:01

you will probably be referree for an endoscopy. dysphagia (lump in throat/difficulty swallowing) is usually treated with a month of PPI medicine then referral if symptoms not improved. it's probably something very simple like reflux. hth smile

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