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Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 4/30/2013 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone my Name is Tony, I think I have similar things to one of your post that I read about the lady who drank lemon juice Debra I think her name was, i am 24year old well basically this is my story I was a social pub drinker I decided for the new year I would give up drinking I started by taking 2 weeks off here and there then in February I had a foal curry witch I am not used to as a dare with my cousin
 
 it bloody well burnt everything my lips and mouth and even when it came out the other end, I also had a few beers on that occasion aswel, then 3 days past and I went out with a friend down the pub and had a bit of a messy session and I drank a chilli sambuca that seriously burnt the back of my throat, and the countless beers and cider
 
 I had that night , the next day I was vilantely sick and all I could taste was this chilli sambuca ,( I am a mouth sleeper breather aswel and has a fasination of sleeping infront of the electric fan as liked the sound calming and used to wake up dryest mouth ever),
 
then from that point I had this horrible tightness in my throat like as if some body had there hand strangling me constanly 3 days past and went dr's the dr said its nothing cannot see anything at all come back if doesn't get better in 2 weeks,
 
1 week past and still not better this time I am hooked to google and worrying with every single symptom I have panicking and worrying and not able to cope properly, so went back to dr saw a different one this time and explained her everything and that im worried its cancer because of google and she said your throat is inflammed and red and sore, and would take a long time to heal, and gave me some lanprazole to stop any acid coming up and burning the throat,
 
I then went home took my tablets 2 weeks on still feel tightness round throat and still addicted to looking at symptoms 24/7 on google now I am feeling around my neck for lumps and stuff constantly touching my neck throat etc all the time and found a lump sort of thing but wernt sure what it was kept prodding and feeling it 24/7, I then at this point starting feeling so down I Actually cried thinking what if its cancer, so went to dr again as cannot deal with this
 
saw another dr this time and they said your throat is majorly inflammed and it will take a very long time to heal As its constantly being used even when you sleep he said its not cancer cancer doesn't work this way so stop worrying about that but when your throat is extremely inflammed it can become tight and close up so I am referring you to a specialist to put a camera down nose, if your throat is closed up at all will have to have a operation and I am going to give you some sucralfate to form a barrier down ur throat and help it heal,
 
I took that for 2 weeks with the lanprazole and throat feels a bit better but now left side of my throat not sure where I have been poking and prooding or whatever really hurts and aches so again I go dr and see another dr I am a proper hypocondriac now and worrying so much I see another dr and they felt my neck and said no lumps or growths or nothing absolutely everything normal except from swelling on left side but could be from you prodding and touching all the time and to leave it alone,
 
 I went home feeling a bit better but then I am still worrying and googling but I do feel abit better I can swallow food a bit better now but it still feels as if its causes my throat to swell but doesn't feel as tight I finished my tablets but throat does feel better but left side of throat feels tight and aches as if its a muscle feeling and went back to dr saw another 1 who felt my throat etc and who said you are being referred to a spealist I don't want to give you anymore tablets as you may not need them
 
The pain your describing on the left seems like a muscle to me I am 90% sure , and said I think alot of it is in my head now that's why I need to wait for specialist , I do have some fine days where doesn't hurt much at all and then somedays I have alot of tightness it doesn't hurt at all when lay down, I have also lost 2 and half stone from not eating proper in 2 months, dr don't seem concerned as I was 19 stone before hand, I know I was drinking alot of pints a week witch have completely cut out and used to eat around. 4000 calories a day now I eat about 1500 ,
 
 I just feel so depressed thinking what if its something else but then at the same time think it could just be seriously inflammed I honestly don't know but feel scared lol, I have definitely got better from when it first started but the weird aching tightness leftside of throat and sometimes throat of the Adam's apple feels tight and over stretched its horrible so fort I would try help myself feel better on this forum as you all was a grate help with that Debra (kindheart) lady x thanks Tony
 
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SheLion
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   Posted 5/6/2013 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony , I can understand you quite well as I am the same scary each time smth aches or feels wrong in my throat,
u know, cancer does not happen in one day as I was told by my doc it takes years...but it can occur when ur throat is inflammed and not healed
My larinx is inflammed too, and each time after drinking alcohol it feels awfully....
I tried "not to mind" it and continue living "normal" life with bars, pubs etc. but it seems to be just like fooling myself
So now I am trying to stay strong and let it heal...
I guess 2 weeks are not enough to heal the throat and u should take your pps longer if it is burned by acid and not by alcohol...
Please write how ur doing now and keep updating
the whole thing is very frustrating when u r so young (I am getting 23 soon)

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/9/2013 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't touched a drop of alcohol. Now for over 50 days and I do feel better for it now, but its so weird I am worrying about my throat constantly it feels as if the throat is tight and stretched when I keep my mind busy it doesn't affect me because I'm not thinking about it but when I am relaxed it feels so tight swollen sometimes and cannot help but keep feeling it and its controlling my life, my mind is a tiny bit better with it now but it really getting me down I have finished all the proton pump tablets and dr said he won't give me anymore because seeing a specialist and he will tell me if I need them the dr believes its in my head now I think, it's so frustrating I have been avoiding spicy food completely and alcohol and fizzy drink and too hot temperature foods and drink and yet its not better its just so annoying I keep googling aswel even tho I tell myself not to and worry thryoid and cancer and that and keep feeling myself around my neck , sometimes it feels as if the sternamastive muscle or whatever it's called is swollen or whatever I honestly don't know , the dr's obviously don't think it's a emergency as havent had a letter from the specialist yet grrrr

SheLion
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   Posted 5/9/2013 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Tony, I guess you are being overworried now....That is great that you can stay away from alcohol and you see it brings some improvement ....
You surely should visit ENT just to get rid of bad thoughts...Maybe he will tell you you dont have any inflammation anymore or it is mild like it has always been in my throat (not sure about it now as I drank too much )
Anyway the worst thing is not the desease but HOW WE perceive it !
Wish you luck !

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/9/2013 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you please keep me updated so will I with mine I do feel as if its anxiety based alot now as the feeling has changed from a all over tightness to a bottom tightness and I'm doing everything possible even aloe Vera juice and throat coat tea and heat spray and freeze spray and eating much better but going back to a soft diet for a week to help it

SheLion
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   Posted 5/9/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I am also very frustrated cause I am on PPI 2 a day and diet and my throat still feels the same and I have the same mucus in throat and a bit tightness or dryness do not know how to explain....and even smth new - small parts of food come back into the mouth which definetely means I have reflux ....I wonder why is it worse on ppis
It feels like the normal life ends for me ....I dont know why I am so frustrated
We could actually keep on living normal life what makes us so upset?
Not sure what comes next
Keep updating ...

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/9/2013 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on max ppi's 2x daily and zantac at night and I must say the more meds they put me on the worse I felt. IMO, max meds is not the answer and may even cause more issues than it resolves. I know how you feel about being frustrated and even angry.....somedays it hard to be happy about anything, which is just depressing all in it's self! shocked

SheLion
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   Posted 5/9/2013 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
are we going to live with that throat feelings for ever now or can it just go away?
I am feeling absolutely cut out from normal life and cant get any relief in my thoughts

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/9/2013 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been dealing with health issues for so long, I'm not sure what normal was like anymore. The throat thing will go away sometimes but it seems to always find it's way back.

SheLion
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   Posted 5/9/2013 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
well then I guess the only thing we can do to ourselves is just get used to it and live happily without noticing these stupid throat issues....It is hard but I believe if you can persuade yourself you will learn not to notice it....I hope...=)
there are a lot of deseases which are worse....maybe....and more dangerous

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/9/2013 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
This actually describes mine to a pin point http://www.healthboards.com/boards/general-health/269456-sore-neck-muscle-golf-ball-feeling-throat.html

It's so annoying its unbelievable how many people have that throat tightness feeling its incredible I'm sure we just need to do what's right for us and we will get there in the end

livinglife1212
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   Posted 5/11/2013 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony I have the same exact feeling are you feeling better?

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/11/2013 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
No lol am a absolute nervous wreck lol I crnt stop feeling my left side of my throat and keep thinking what if there lymph nodes and I got cancer just a wreck its annoying I feel so tense all across my neck and throat feel so stressed over it all gonna go doctors again Monday if they assure again I am going to ask for anti depressants cannot cope have seen so many doctors and even a pharmacist and they say its just swelling from burned curry and take a long time for the inflamation to go but keep getting horrible thoughts what's your story then?

livinglife1212
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   Posted 5/11/2013 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
my story is starting 7 months ago I had his tightening feeling in my throat that was very unpleasant. it started when i was looking for a job and couldn't figure out what it was for the longest time. I'm wondering if its all in my head and its just the stress thats building up in my throat area. they didn't find anything through the endoscopy and just now... I took several deep breaths and the pain went away immediately. I'm very confused because my ENT and GI said it was acid reflux. However, I notice when I'm most stressed this starts to come out, when I'm not stressed my throat feels fine. and I thought I was going to have to wait for my throat to heal but just now i took several deep breaths from my stomach and breathed out through my mouth and the pain is gone... needless to say i'm going to see a new primary dr this week

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/12/2013 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Lucky you if it has disappeared I HAVE TURNED INTO A COMPLETE WRECK, I have developed tight shoulders and neck witch feels unbelievably tight when then head left and right and have managed to locate some lymph nodes on my neck back and side I am freaking out so much because of with the tightness across front of throat feel terrible in so much worry I am going to see another Dr tomorrow definitely I feel tense and stressed from worry if it is nothing I will ask for anti depressants or if its something then gonna s**t myself more and more :(

SheLion
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   Posted 5/12/2013 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
oh guys you are going crazy with it
actually it is called a "globus hysterics" and is a well known feeling (I am stressing this word: FEELING!!!) which stands out when one is worried, stressed , anxious etc. And it is very widely spread....If your ent sees no inflammation why go to all that docs and waste your time? breath deeply, calm down , take some mild !!! herbal pills against anxiety (why should u make yourself mentally ill starting with antidepressiva) and enjoy life !

I had such a feeling so many times as I felt upset, nervous, like f. E at the exam and then it went away
I should tell you as I had a huge stress connected with my moving to the other country this summer I felt I could not breathe properly for the whole month! I was like a fish on the shore....really....I tried to breath in with my mouth and felt i could not but it was just PERCEPTION! otherwise I could not live without breathing but it felt so...
Even if it is LPR and not your phantasy and mind cancer has other sighns I guess like blood in saliva etc or I even do not know what...but i guess it takes some years or dozens of years to happen , and not for everyone....
For me it is obviously that you are exxagerating things !!!
I do not know why we so young suddenly turned from being absolutelly careless to being so overworried about our health but its not worth it because stress/anxiety triggers real deseases with time !

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/12/2013 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
She lion you have actually made me feel better that's what I needed I think to lift my day today, I know my anxiety is playing a big deal into it just going crazy I have never been a smoker had a few over the years but nothing that I have had regularly I did drink a fair bit socially pints of beer and I'm 24 not 64 and I know my mind is like making phantasy things like the other day I was having a stomach ache and believed it was apendicitus and actually had the symptoms and that and believed in my head I had it , I have never had any blood in my saliva I also don't have a hoarse voice all I have is I swallow saliva alot and feels like its swollen around side of my throat and neck , I have been taking the herbal kalms that ain't doing super good deal but maybe do me good to go on anti depressants for a bit ?

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/13/2013 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
been to doctors, had another doctor see me she was really really good and nice told her everything literally and she felt my neck and throat and said theres nothing there to be worried about or alarmed all feels normal and I said what about the bit where its really swollen to me and she felt it and said she cannot feel anything that's wrong there all she can feel is the sternomastoid muscle and she said she and all the other dr's could feel if there was cancer and she honestly doesn't think it is that ( but yet I'm still worrying lol) she said have I had my thyroid checked because sometimes if that's working faster it can cause the anxiety , so she said she will organise a blood test for that and everything else for Friday 9am, and she said basically for the anxiety would I like to see a specialist therapist and I said yeah , so she gonna refer me as a urgent case for that and she's gonna chase up my specialist appointment with the ENT and she said she's gonna prescribe me beta blockers so got them now , took my first one a minute ago, she also has given me a follow up appointment for Monday to see her and see how I'm getting on, at least she's a good Dr and really helping me I hope these beta blockers will work she said she didn't wanna give me Valium or anything like that just this for my anxiety

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/13/2013 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
And yet I am still worrying thinking the swelling bit down the left side of the Adam's apple is cancer even tho dr said it isn't I crnt help it and just think why isit swollen there then???

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/13/2013 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Also feels majorly swollen to me under the chin today , feel like I'm going mad :( am so scared its something serious really am

Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/20/2013 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Got blood test results back, everything is all fine and normal the dr said liver kidneys thyroid etc etc is all fine and done a inflamation blood test also that came back completely normal , dr said need to relax and that and he gave me some Valium that I asked for

dencha
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   Posted 5/20/2013 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
I remember Debra well, and if you read her thread, you'll know that it took a very long time for her to heal the damage that was done.  I have had many episodes of esophagitis and gastritis (irritation), and each time I lost about 20 pounds and it took at least 3 months to heal.
 
It's good that you've followed up with doctors, but it is now obvious your anxiety over all of this has developed a life of its own, and is overwhelming your life.  Health anxiety is very hard to deal with.  It can take over all your thinking and you can spend all your life worrying.
 
Here is a health anxiety resource that I think is outstanding.  I'll send you links for Module 1, 2, and 3.  Try reading through them and see if they make sense and help at all:
 
(I can't get these live links to work properly, so just copy and paste it into your web browser window.)
 
Module 1:
 
Module 2:
 
Module 3:
 
Hang in there...the healing will come.  It just takes time.
Best wishes!
Denise
 
 
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

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Tony Mckenzie-orr
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   Posted 5/20/2013 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise I saw you absolutely amazing with Debra, I feel so much better than I did but my throat still has the odd occasional tightness especially after I eat, the dr I am currently seeing is really good and caring and she really makes myself feel better, hopefully the cbt therapy will help, thank you for the links I shll have a read I really do appreciate it, I hate feelig like a weirdo but I do believe I must of been under alot of stress to make this into something so much more, and the horror story's on google made me worry no end so hopefully I can stay of google :)
Tony

dencha
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   Posted 5/20/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
You're not a weirdo!  Many, many people have health anxiety, and many of them visit the GERD forum!  In fact, you inspired me to put links to all the health anxiety modules on the Resources thread at the top of the main page.  Just scroll down and you can get links for Module 1-9, which is all of them.  Here's the Resources link.  Scroll all the way to the bottom for the module links.  Unfortunately, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get most of them to be "live", so you'll have to copy and paste:
 
Glad you're signed up for CBT...the modules may be a nice addition and support to the work you'll do there. 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Hang in there!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Jitters99
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   Posted 5/20/2013 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony...maybe you should try yoga or meditation for relaxing. Read up on chakra healing..your throat chakra in particular.. It's not foo foo. Just google chakra healing.
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