Along with the general feeling of anxiety, factoring in other conditions can only heighten the feeling of anxiety. In my case, I have a very unusual and painful form of globus hystericus—also referred to as globus sensation or globus pharyngis. This condition is when you have a feeling of a lump in your throat, or some other kind of obstruction that makes you feel like you are choking.
While this is referred to as a psychiatric condition, it is a very real feeling condition for many of us. For me, instead of the usual lump-related obstruction in my throat, I feel an object with sharp and jagged edges, similar to needles or splinters of glass. Needless to say, they hurt! Unfortunately, they are stress related and only increase with stress.
Many of you shared your experiences of globus hystericus and how you helped to ease the lump or pain. Below are some of the suggestions that will hopefully help others ease the pain!
- Anxiety turns into acid reflux. When you are overwhelmed and stressed, your anxiety can turn into acid reflux, which in turn could create pains in your throat and stomach. To avoid the road to acid reflux, drink some water, take deep breaths and try to calm yourself down. The lump and sharp pains should subside as your anxiety and acid reflux does.
- Green tea soothes the throat and soul. Drinking some warm green tea will not only sooth the sharp pains in your throat, but will also give you a calming effect that will ease your anxiety and help eliminate the lump/pains altogether.
- Start with an ENT. While this could be related to anxiety, it's important to get a thorough examination with an ear, nose and throat doctor to rule out any other causes.
- Double check with an endocrinologist. Along with examining your ears, nose and throat, you'll also want to check with an endocrinologist to see if you have a thyroid issue - which could cause a large lump (toxic nodule) in your throat that makes it difficult to swallow.
- Happiness is the best medicine. If this is a case of globus hystericus, then eliminating your stress and anxiety is the only cure. Do some yoga, take some deep breaths, go for a walk, eat healthy foods—do things you enjoy and that will make you feel better. Overtime, the lump and pain will dissipate.
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Published On: April 07, 2007