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Many people experience a lump-like sensation in their throat, and they, like you, are typically very worried. . The medical term for a lump-like sensation in the throat is a “globus” sensation, like you have a world globe stuck in the back of your throat. Often this lump has been there a while and seems to be getting worse. It may be felt every time you swallow or even every time you talk. What is going on?
One thing comes to mind is GERD and you already mentioned that you are considering seeing a GI specialist qwwhich I think may be a good idea for you.
One of the most common causes of swelling in this area is acid reflux coming up from the stomach and burning the posterior larynx. The acid reflux effectively causes an acid burn of the throat tissues resulting in swelling that feels like a golf ball is stuck in the throat.
However, there are many treatments for GERD so don't start to over think my comments.
If you see the GI physician and all is well than I would do as others suggested, work on controlling your anxiety.
As Larry said, "One way to get over the fear of dying is to live!" Larry is a very wise man and I am practicing taking his comment to heart for myself.
Remember we are here for you so keep on talking with us and know we care. We are one big family here and every member is equal.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "The wind blows, the sun rises, the snow falls and the ocean relentlessly pounds the shore. Life rolls on with fresh new possibilities at every turn."