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honeypie
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   Posted 10/10/2006 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi am just wondering if anybody else suffers with a lump in the throat? I am told that it has to do with my anxiety,but gee it is really annoying... It actually makes my anxiety worse when i have it because i feel like i cant swallow properly,and also feels like there is something stuck in there...I have trouble swallowing tablets at the best of times,and when the lump is there it makes it worse...I sometimes also feel like when i have it i cant breathe properly, maybe that is just the anxiety, i dont know? Does anybody else suffer with this also with their anxiety,or should i go get my throat checked? It scares me thats for sure!!!!!!

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/10/2006 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I get the same feelings honeypie. Lump in throat. It's a pain and I drink a lot of water to get rid of the feeling. Maybe you should try drinking lots of water... (not milk.. milk prolly would coat the throat too much).

I start to worry that I'm not breathing properly either, and it's definately the anxiety.

But then again, I'm not a doctor.

But I know the sensation.
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   Posted 10/10/2006 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Honeypie! Oh yes... the dreaded lump in the throat. It was actually one of the first symptoms of anxiety that I had...scared me too-thought I had something wrong/stuck in my throat. It is however just another fun anxiety trick that our bodies play on us. At the risk of sounding like a Cliff Claven, I'll tell you what I read about it. It is called "Globus Hystericus", or something close to that, meaning an imagined round, or lump sensation in the throat. In actuallity, it is a tightening/constriction of the muscles of the throat. You may find that when you drink or eat, it is not a problem, as there is actually no obstruction. (taking pills is different-lots of people have trouble w/ that) I deal with it by drinking lots of water, conciously trying to relax the muscles of the throat and neck, and gentle massage. The less I think/worry about it the better it gets (easier said than done I know!)

Hope that helps.
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honeypie
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   Posted 10/10/2006 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks twiggygal and scaredycat, i will definately start drinking some more water,actually i dont drink as much as what i should,2 litres a day is it, gee if i drank that much i would spend the day on the loo, maybe that would help me to stop thinking about the lump in my throat...lol...Im guessing scaredycat that that is why as soon as i take half a valium the lump disappears... It helps to relax the muscles in my throat...But i know that i cant keep relying on the valium, so im wondering what else i can do to help ease it apart from water?

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   Posted 10/11/2006 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Adding a quick, YEP me too!
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Puddin_
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   Posted 10/12/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.....
 
Gotta put my 2 cents in too .... I get the lump too and so does my son.  It freaks him out as he has Autism and thinks he's going to die and then his asthma acts ... the vicious circle ... It was one of my first symptoms as well.  Hang in there, it does go away ... eventually.
 
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hunniebee
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   Posted 10/12/2006 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I get the Lump! Its one of the MOST annoying symptoms. I remember when it first happened it would freak me out. No worries, it will pass.

JKRsGirl
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   Posted 10/12/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys,
I get this feeling like my throat is closing up on me and it's difficult to breathe. I imagine that it feels like an asthma attack. Is this what you are referring to?
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honeypie
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   Posted 10/19/2006 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi thanks for your replies,have been taking time out,needed some r&r... I still have the lump in my throat the darn thing just wont seem to go away no matter what i try and do... And now i am having trouble swallowing tablets,when does it ever stop... Went to the docs today,and because of my past history of being strangled by my first husband he has started doing xrays and he wants me to see an e.n.t specialist... He also says that i may have to have a camera put down my throat to see if there is any damage on the inside of my throat... I havent been taking my correct dosage of tablets because of this problem,but am perservering as much as i can,but it is hard because i have actually stopped eating as much also because of this problem...Am just wondering if you guys think that it just may be due to my anxiety or has anybody else experienced the same thing with their anxiety?

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risma
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   Posted 10/19/2006 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually found out just yesterday from my ear, nose & throat doctor that the lump feeling in my throat was probably caused by LPR - that is acid reflux all the way up to my throat. It is irritating my throat and there is some swelling, and apparently you can experience that as a lump or mass in your throat. I was worried that I had cancer or something growing in there, it was that bad. But he put the scope down and looked and found the irritation. By the way the scope is easy. They numb your nose and slip it down, it tickles and presses a little bit but doesn't hurt at all, and it's really quick.

I have to look into this more and talk with my doctor because I think it all may be related to the anxiety. But I thought you might like to ask your EN&T doctor about LPR if s/he doesn't bring it up.

Risma

tutulady
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   Posted 2/10/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

I too felt like I had a lump in my throat. It was never there when I woke up in the morning but would most times appear about 3 hrs later. I started keeping a log of what and when I ate, seeing that I was told by an ENT (who scoped my throat - thru my nose), a Gastroenterologist (who did an EGD), and my General Practitioner, that it was GERD. I started the log hoping to avoid the lifelong medicinal remedies these doctors were pushing. To make a long story short, I continued to research 'lump in throat' on the internet. After 8 months of this lump and finding no pattern from the log I was diligently keeping, I finally stumbled across an article on voicedoctor.net where Dr. James P. Thomas suggested that my specific symptoms could be from a Cricopharyngeal spasm. I then remembered that I had severely burned my throat w/scalding hot coffee around the time my symptoms appeared. I decided to do an extreme test - I did not talk for an entire day - AND THE LUMP NEVER APPEARED that day. I have now been lump free for a month by just speaking softly and sparingly. (My husband is happier than I am with this remedy!!!!!). Good luck.

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   Posted 2/10/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to HW were so happy you have joined us here. Thank you for sharing this info with us it is very helpful to all of us. Please keep us updated on how your doing and keep posting so we all can get to know each other better.
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Jenzy
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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All....
 
I feel like I have a lump in throat and it is driving me insane.  It usually bothers me the most in the morning before I take my allergy medicine, but then a few hours after I take the medicine I feel better.
 
Of course when I don't think about the lump or swallow, I'm fine.  But that's very hard to do. 
 
I've had the feeling of a lump before, but never this bad.  I do have some anxiety, but I'd like to think I'm handling it well, who knows maybe I'm not.
 
Cough drops help, water, and anything hot.  I also gargle with hot salt water which seems to help.
 
Any other suggestions?
 
Thanks,
Jenzy

dogsandjeeps
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   Posted 8/15/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Oh yes, I certainly relate to the "lump in the throat" symptom. I have learned a lot about
this in the past two months and it appears that this is a symptom of many different possible causes. And then there is the fact that the causes can be multiple such as acid reflux and asthma symptoms or sinus draingage (yes this causes problems in throat and ears) along with the mix. There is a list of lesser intimidating causes that should probably be checked out first. I agree that once the lump feeling starts the anxiety becomes a cause that worsens it. I would suggest not writing it all off to anxiety though, especially if you have a history of other possible causes. A piece of good news is that most all of the initial hospital diagnostic testing for this condition is considered low anxiety compared to many other conditions. Hope this ends up going smoothly for you - I bet it will.

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   Posted 8/15/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   

dogs and jeeps,

Hello and welcome to Healing Well, I am Kitt.  I saw your post and realized you have posted your first post to an old post from May...........It would be great if you could post a new post under your own name so we can all be sure to meet you.

When you open a thread you will see a button at the top that says:

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Use that button to start your own thread and be sure to title your topic to allow the members to know what you are interested in talking about. :)

Your right on re the lump in throat topic, always have your physician rule out any physical causes with these symptoms.

Again I am so happy you have joined our group.



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rosesinjanuary
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   Posted 10/23/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hii it isn't fun I am having it now haven't for months LLDr. saw said inflamation much like inflamation we get in our joints. Not fun but this too will pass. Good Luck!

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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Roses

I am sorry you are going through this and I hope it soon subsides.  Please take care.

Keep on posting.


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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had the lump in the throat, and it drives me crazy. I got really worried the first few times it happened, but now after reading these posts, I now know that I am not the only one having the symptom. I get alot of my anxiety attacks in the car, and I have to keep ice with me to suck and chew on. I have had to pull over lots of times due to the symptoms. I felt as if my heart was going to stop. I kept thinking to myself...Am I crazy! Why does this have to happen to me!
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bumblebee06
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   Posted 12/25/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
wow thats crazy i didnt relize how many people go through this. maybe someone could relate to me i hope, i go through EVERYNIGHT of EVERYDAY a lump in my throat panic attacks feelings like im freakin dreamin liek nohtings real mager anxeity and im about to go on ciypelax or somtin and im terrified it for depreesion but does any one else feel like this? and what the heck do i do i need cooping statigies u know. liek its so bad that if i see a peice of bone in my dinner i will acually convince my self that im chokin and i will have a sensation in the bottom of my throat that theres a bone what is this? docters are reallly stupid and cant tell me i have a 13 month old son and its ruining our lives

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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered from anxiety for a couple of years now and up until recently i was convinced it was something else. I thought how can i be having such real physical symptoms and yet there is nothing wrong with me!! I was sure i had a lump in my throat i went to see e.n.t specialist had biopsies, camera's stuck up my nose and all sorts of things, just couldn't get it to go away. I finally accepted that anxiety was a possibility and I started to talking to my GP and i have not felt this good in a long time, just from talking about it. No more lump, no more dizzy spells, no more racing heart, chest pains and the rest!!! I still have a way to go but I'm am definately on the road to recovery. You are not alone, you just have to reach out.
 
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Ickin,

Welcome to the forum! I'm really glad you've got such relief from talking with your doctor about anxiety. You're definitely walking down that road to recovery -- one step at a time.

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Ickin,
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   Posted 5/8/2008 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I also suffer from severe panic attacks. Get the lump in throat feeling, but have'nt noticed if that coinsides or not. Anyway recently went to the ENT for a hearing test and asked him to take a look at my throat and nose as well, since I was there and also get a tickle in the throat. He said the tickle is post nasal drip, and the most natural thing to do is a saline irrigation. The lump in my throat , he said is due to Acid Reflux and should ask my pcp for a prescription for meds I used to take a few years ago for an ulcer. He said the Reflux is causing the lump in the throat feeling and also doing damage to my voice box plus could cause my ulcer to return. Just glad I'm not just going looney from the anxiety. And am not alone. june Good luck to all.

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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Ickin,
 
Welcome to Healing Well and to the A/P forum, you'll find the members here are a wealth of knowledge and will be able to relate to many of the same issues you have.  They are a great resource.
 
I'm glad to hear that you have gone through all of the medical tests to rule out anything medically wrong.  That's a great first step.  I'm also glad that you told your GP about the anxiety issues and are now feeling better.  Keep up the good work and keep posting to let us know how you are doing (you can always post your own threads too).  We look forward to getting to know you better.
 
June,
 
I too suffer from acid reflux and it has done some damage to my esophagus.  I found out about this because I felt like I was having a heart attack one night and was admitted to the hospital for 3 days.  Since there is a long history in my family, especially the women, there were lots of tests performed.  After all the heart testing was done they did a scope on my esophagus and stomach and found out it was acid reflux - until then, I had no idea that acid reflux could mimic a heart attack.  I take medication for the reflux and now have no problem with it as long as I take the med.
 
If I were you, I would follow the suggestion from the ENT to see your PCP for medication to help control the reflux before any more damage is done.  Good luck to you!
 
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Doc407
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Man am I glad for this post! You are soooo not alone. I get that lump in my throat and then I start worrying it could be some disease and thats when it gets worse. But if I'm busy doing something, pre occupiy myself, laugh and try to forget about it, it usually goes away. And it is so random, mainly in bad weather or when I'm scared.
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