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Difficulty swallowing/feeling like something stuck in throat!

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NavyandWhite Wed 22-Mar-17 10:38:20

For about 10 days I've had a feeling of something being stuck in my throat. I've been burping a little bit too but with no sense of acid or heartburn. My neck on the outside feels tender to touch but no sore throat. It just feels as though I'm swallowing something down and like there's a finger pressing on my voice box!

Went to see GP on Monday who said he didn't think it was anything serious but gave me omeprazole for one month as he said it can be caused by acid even without heartburn etc. It hasn't made any difference yet. He also mentioned globus sensation.

Has anyone had this? Tia.

FrenchLavender Wed 22-Mar-17 10:47:20

Are you suffering from stress of anxiety?

FrenchLavender Wed 22-Mar-17 10:47:31

or, not of!

NavyandWhite Wed 22-Mar-17 10:50:47

I am anxious in nature I guess but not particularly more than normal I don't think.

NavyandWhite Wed 22-Mar-17 12:44:30

Anyone else smile

MetallicBeige Wed 22-Mar-17 12:48:02

I have this at times, it seems to most commonly occur when I'm a bit run down. Reflux and post-nasal drip can both contribute to mine. It only seems to be relieved when I'm eating, as though I'm stretching it a bit.
It's horrible, hope you can get it sorted.

FriedSprout Wed 22-Mar-17 13:52:40

If you've had it checked out by you ur go, you may find this thread useful here
My dd suffered for a while.

FriedSprout Wed 22-Mar-17 14:14:26

*your G.P

NavyandWhite Wed 22-Mar-17 14:18:17

Thank you both. I do have post nasal drip too <demic>

Will check that thread out thank you.

JennyOnAPlate Wed 22-Mar-17 14:19:18

Post nasal drip makes me feel like this.

WiltingTulip Thu 23-Mar-17 00:44:19

I had this for months. It eventually got so bad that I was on max endone daily to allow me to eat.
I literally had every test known (as I have an unrelated cancer so they had to be sure) nothing showed up. I saw a physio who worked with face and throats and she noticed my facial /mouth muscles were off balance.
I still do facial exercises in front of the mirror and tilt my head to the side to swallow when it's noticeable.
It's not gone (about 6 months later) but the pain is gone so I just carry on.

NavyandWhite Thu 23-Mar-17 11:29:41

Oh you poor thing. That's a long time to have it. Weirdly this has come on since I've been to the chiropractor. I have wondered if it has anything to do with that! Had a neck and chest x ray done by chiropractor and nothing of any interest showed up. Not sure if it would though tbh.

I've made another appointment with GP next Monday as it's annoying me now.

Kitter Thu 23-Mar-17 15:01:29

Maybe you've already tested for this, but there is a chance it could be related to a thyroid condition. Sometime you can even feel the swollen gland on the front of your neck. If you have any other symptoms it might be worth getting a blood test, or at least having your doctor feel for any abnormalities.

Symptoms can be lethargy, dry skin, menstrual irregularities, moodiness, weight gain etc. All the things that you may be prone to over the winter anyway smile If your temperature in the morning (before you get out of bed or move much) is low that can be a good sign that your thyroid may be underactive.

NavyandWhite Thu 23-Mar-17 22:42:42

Hi Kilter, I have wondered about my thyroid and whether it could be the cause of these symptoms. I did have it checked about a year ago and the blood test came back "normal" but I don't know the actual reading. I do have tiredness, feeling cold, mood swings, etc but just put it down to that being me and fibromyalgia. I will ask the GP on Monday though if I can have another blood test to check it again so thank you smile

Purple999Red Fri 24-Mar-17 06:45:15

I had the same symptoms before and my doctor's diagnosis was acid reflux, you can google it to see the other symptoms. here are some,,20529772,00.html#trouble-swallowing-0

wineandsunshine Fri 24-Mar-17 17:31:44

I've had it too - my GPS answer was the same acid reflux...anxiety makes it worse (vicious circle) of thinking there is a lump etc. Mine settles and reoccurs.

WiltingTulip Fri 24-Mar-17 23:08:06

In all my specialist visits I was told that the cause is usually reflux. There's a tablet to take daily for it but if the discomfort continues after a week it won't be reflux.

WiltingTulip Fri 24-Mar-17 23:08:46

Let me clarify: the specialists each told me that in cases they see it's usually reflux.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Fri 24-Mar-17 23:19:09

My friend had had this for about 2 yrs, Globus whatsit. Endless antacids and patronising drs saying it was in her head
She has OCD and severe eczema so is prone to anxiety too
She's finally had some swallow tests and they think the little wiggly bits that help move food around have conked out
They did recommend diazepam which did stop the symptoms for a while, mainly because she slept most of the time 🙄
Gone from a 14 to an 8 now
Love her

Try very very bland food and drink and antacids for a lengthy period of time and see what happens?

Kitter Fri 24-Mar-17 23:54:01

I think you're wise to check it, particularly if the acid medication hasn't helped. If you do get tests for thyroid, ask for more than just TSH. There are autoimmune antibodies that can indicate a problem, or one in the making that is still "subclinical." Vitamin D can also be low, particularly this time of year. Make sure they give you all your lab results and do your own research. A friend in the medical field can be invaluable for interpreting borderline results.
I hope you feel better!

NavyandWhite Sat 25-Mar-17 07:04:30

Thank you everyone for all your input.

The burping seems to have eased a little bit ( been on omeprazole 5 days still not had any heartburn though ) the feeling of something being in my throat is still there as is the constant swallowing.

Google says that constantly swallowing can be a sign of reflux and post nasal drip.

Will definitely ask GP to test thyroid again for sure too. I have wondered if it's anything to do with menopause as I'm definitely in the middle of it!

PosiePootlePerkins Sat 25-Mar-17 08:05:16

I get this in times of stress, I went to the doctor who told me it was globus hystericus (I think) and it just goes on its own eventually. But I've never had any burping or reflux so may not be the same condition.

NavyandWhite Mon 27-Mar-17 09:55:11

Just been to see GP. Different one from last week. She has referred me for an endoscopy under the 2 week rule. Slightly alarming I have to say. Mum died of stomach cancer aged 48 so I'm guessing this is one of the reasons I need to be seen quickly?

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