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Friday, May 30, 2008 Lisa Roberts, Community Member, asks

Q: knot/lump feeling in throat all the time for 6months

Hi there,

 

I'm from Clayton NC & i have been having a awful problem with a feeling of a knot/lump in my throat.I have seen a ENT & GI Dr & both say there is nothing there & its just a little form of acid relfux.THis is driving me crazy.It feels as if i cant breath & i cant eat anything or the fear of food getting stuck.I was told by the GI Dr on Tuesady it could be a really bad case of GLobus Hystericus.He was suppose to dialate my throat to see if that would help & he wouldnt do it.So now both my ENT & GI dr want call me back.I have tried all kinds of meds to help or pray for some kind of relief.Any advice on this condition.I have seen there are things you can do for this.Such as botox/ or herbal meds to treat Globus Hystericus.I'm 27 & have 2 small kids that i cant enjoy now due to all of this.Can you give advice on this please.THanks,Lisa

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EvaMarie, Community Member
9/25/08 9:10am

Hi Its EvaMarie again,

 

Check this site: http://www.voicedoctor.net/therapy/cps.html

 

VERY HELPFUL, knowing its not in our head ...

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Grace, Community Member
6/ 6/08 10:29am

Hi Lisa:

 

I wish I had a concrete answer for you. About 5 months ago, I was experiencing something similar. Throughout that ordeal, I investigated this phenomenon, and also came up with Globus Hystericus. I did mention it to my ENT and he seemed to want nothing to do with treating it, because from what I read, there are underlying Anxiety issues involved. He mentioned seeing a psychiatrist or a neurologist.

 

At the time of my experience, I was also taking lorazepam. Only after taking it for about 4 months did I come to believe the lorazepam was creating more of an anxiety response in me, so I stopped taking it and most of my anxiety and that feeling in my throat subsided.

 

I still am experiencing some levels of anxiety, and the nerves in my throat often react to that and seem agitated. So, I don't know if anxiety is an issue for you, but it might be worth investigating. The more upset you become about this feeling in your throat, the worse it might be getting. The more you focus on it, the more you will notice the feelings. I will soon be seeing a neurologist, just to rule out any medical issues with the nerves, because my whole nervous system seems a bit messed up. But you might do the same, and also consider seeing some type of therapist. I have put that off for some time ... but I think there are some issues I need to effectively deal with in order to reduce my levels of anxiety.

 

I hope and pray you find the answers you need. God Bless!

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Becky Mercader, Community Member
8/16/11 8:31pm

Global hysteria does seem to be mainly related to anxiety but that doesn't mean that an ENT or GI doc can't help by guiding you on what medications may help relieve some of the reflux symptoms. of course finding the cause behind your stress would help but there is no reason that relief can't be offerred as well. Lorazepam may not have been the right medication for you since the stress/anxiety is causing a physical issue. personally, i took an antidepressant zoloft which also helps with anxiety. i take protonix and pepcid complete which help with reflux.

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Colette, Community Member
2/ 8/14 11:39pm

I also am experiencing a knot like feeling in my throat and its making me crazy it seems to go away when I swallow or drink but than its back again. I wrote because I noticed you were also take lorazapam I was very interested that you thought it may be making it worse because when I was in california on a trip with my daughter before this started I had what seemed like the sytems of a heart attack they came to my hotel room in disney and took my blood pressure was through the roof 226 over 114 which is really high for me anyway thats when I started feeling the lump like feeling in my throat after a day in the emerg room I checked myself out wanting just to get back to our vacation knowing we were fling home I ask the doctor if he could give me something for the stress I was under and he put me on lorazapam when I took it the feeling seemed to go away for awhile plus it really helped me sleep he only gave me 9 pills so when I came home and saw my daughter she set me up for a bunch of test including ent but I ask her for another script of lorazapam telling her it helped with the lump feeling and it helped me sleep I have suffered with insomma for a long time. thinking this was the mircle pill I have been using it just a night to sleep and relieve this feeling. Last night I googled lorazapam and was upset to find that it is highly addiictive and seems to have alot of side effects when you try to get off it. So anyway did you really feel better after stopping it because right now the only way i can get rid of the lump feeling is by taking the lorazapam. Which it says it is a muscle relaxer among other things. Thanks for what you put up I may try to wean myself off and go back to being sleepless to see if it helps get rid of this feeling.

 

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Crystal, Community Member
2/ 9/14 12:54am
I started a new med and on the 4th day I was to increase the dosage. The following day I had this very uncomfortable lump in my throat. I continued the med for 3 more days and it did not go away. It also gave me other side effects that involve my mouth, jaw and front of neck. As soon as I stopped the med, my lump feeling went away completely. Obviously the med caused mine. However the other sx did not go away. When it starts to act up really bad which is usually once a day, I take Ativan (Lorazapam) and after about 30min it is all gone. I try not to take Ativan everyday, some days I just suffer thru it. First, I don't want my body to get use to it in which case I would have to take more to get the same effect. If you do need it everyday just be aware of that. As for withdrawals, as long as you ween off of your med very slowly you will be fine. It is important not to take too much on a regular basis. Reply
chuck, Community Member
6/10/08 6:05pm

On and off I had the same "feeling" for some two years, and still do.  A barium swallow revealed no clear answer.  Radiologist report said a "possible" aneurism (and he stressed possible as more of a guess).  It is intermittently felt, but if I focus on it I may notice it more.  My primary care provider (MD) didn't really know what to make of the complaint, but didn't suggest anything further.  I take 200mg of Ibuprofen when I note the infrequent pressure.  While sometimes I have low pain the Ibuprofen seems to help dissapate it.  However, I'm not sure if this is a warning or a non-problem.

Regards, Chuck

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Sange, Community Member
9/ 1/08 7:45pm

I have had a knot in my throat for years whenever a stressful thing happens.  In the past year it has gotten alot worse, with me having panic attacks thinking I can't breathe.  The doctor also diagnosed me with global hysteria, and put me on prozac.  After 3 months, I was uncomfortable taking the prozac and quit.  The knot never went away totally anyway.  It is very painful at times, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, but always, always there. I don't panic anymore, but it is still VERY uncomfortable.  My stress level is through the roof, for good reason with taking care of elderly parents and and addict daughter, among other issues. I figure the stress has got to show up somewhere physically.  I am not sure whether to go to an ear, nose, and throat guy or not.  My main doctor looked down my throat but saw nothing extra. 

 

It got worse when I was on napraxen for arthritis.  The warnings include swelling of the throat... great.  The orthopedic doctor said the knot could be cause of some acid reflux.  But the knot is the only symptom of acid reflux I have, it that is it.  I think its just the stress. 

 

Good luck with this.  I hope we both find answers.

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farzy, Community Member
12/20/10 12:25pm

farzy

Hi, I am having the same problem for 2 years now. I did the GED and he found an ulcer, and they said the cause of it is stress. everytime i get nervous the knot comes back again and makes me more nervous, but i have no control over it, i have a 19 years old daughter suffering with bipolar and gets angry everyday, that i have to deal with. i don't know what else i can do to get rid of this knots, it bothers me so much, i am taking zanax for it, sometimes it helps. i go to see my doctor every month and i am tired of paying so much office visit.

so someone tell me what to do.

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Becky Mercader, Community Member
8/16/11 9:52pm

try taking an over the counter antacid like zantac or pepcid. if they aren't strong enough you can talk to the doctors about a prescription strength antacid. perhaps an antidepressant/antianxiety med can help with the stressors in your life. zoloft or paxil are good.

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ginaharger, Community Member
11/22/11 7:45am

my doctor gave me a presciption and it didnt help.

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Becky Mercader, Community Member
8/16/11 9:52pm

try taking an over the counter antacid like zantac or pepcid. if they aren't strong enough you can talk to the doctors about a prescription strength antacid. perhaps an antidepressant/antianxiety med can help with the stressors in your life. zoloft or paxil are good.

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farzy, Community Member
12/20/10 12:25pm

farzy

Hi, I am having the same problem for 2 years now. I did the GED and he found an ulcer, and they said the cause of it is stress. everytime i get nervous the knot comes back again and makes me more nervous, but i have no control over it, i have a 19 years old daughter suffering with bipolar and gets angry everyday, that i have to deal with. i don't know what else i can do to get rid of this knots, it bothers me so much, i am taking zanax for it, sometimes it helps. i go to see my doctor every month and i am tired of paying so much office visit.

so someone tell me what to do.

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Jrisavy, Community Member
5/ 8/12 12:19pm
I have been dealing with this for 9 monts now. Nexium didn't help. I am now going to a chiropractor because he says it is a mechanical issue, that my stomach is bunched up underneath my diaphragm and thereby causing the silent acid reflux. It takes time thou. I have been going for 2.5 months now but it is really working. I had a friend that went through this and it took her 3 months of chiropractic visits. Stress still triggers it to be worse but I am SOOOOOO much better than I was. Reply
Becky Mercader, Community Member
8/16/11 8:19pm

prozac is good for anxiety but doesn't help with the acid production that causes the reflux. you need to try an antacid, more than likely something prescription but there are some over the counter ones you can try first like zantac or pepcid. the napraxen that you were taking is an nsaid which can irritate the stomach and increase reflux issues so you need to decide what bothers you the most arthritis or the global hysteria. obviously you have a lot of stressors in your life so an antidepressant can help sometimes so that anxiety doesn't overwhelm you. I was taking zoloft which helps both depression and anxiety issues. good luck.

 

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EvaMarie, Community Member
9/25/08 8:39am

Hi Lisa,

 

I have the exact same problem, for over 2 years now, started 8 m after my divorce.I am used to it, but hate it, its an  awful feeling, it rules your life to a big degree. I have done all kinds of tests with GI and ENT doctors, I started taking medicin for post nasal drip 14 days ago, - it actually seem to help, some days I don't feel anything, an some days just a little. I also take RX Nexium before dinner, and bedtime. How does your throat feel in the morning? Mine seems better. I took Xanax for a while but it didn't help. I even did yoga for 7 months/ 4days week to see if it was a muscle that was too tight. The yoga did wonders for me, but did not help my throat issue. 

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tockle, Community Member
10/29/10 5:19pm

Have you had any luck with solutions since 2008?  I just went through a divorce in august and a separation that started a little over a year ago and these symptoms almost immediately started when my ex-wife first left.  They got better for a little bit when she returned, but once we were finally over, the symptoms have bcome almost unmanageable.  I have seen therapists, counselors, ENT's, GI's, MD's, etc and NOONE seems to know what to do other than pain killer and muscle relaxant drugs.  I don't want to take these so, if you wouldn't mind sharing, I would to know what kind of relief you have found as of late.  Thanks.

 

 

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rarnold804, Community Member
12/ 1/08 7:26pm

Globus hystericus.

The sensation resembles the normal reaction of being choked up during events which cause grief, pride or even happiness. Suppression of sadness is the usual reason found for this and the symptoms can be relieved by crying.

The sensation can also occur during times of extreme stress when the whole body feels tense.

How is globus hystericus diagnosed?

There are medical problems which can be confused with globus, such as membranous webs which occur in the upper part of the oesophagus, spasm of the oesophagus, reflux of acid into the oesophagus, muscle disorders such as myasthenia gravis or lesions in the neck which result in a mass.

 

A careful history and physical examination can usually rule these out. In globus, the symptoms occur during certain emotional states, and do not worsen during swallowing. Food does not stick and the symptom is often relieved by eating or drinking.

There is no pain or weight loss.

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Leyla99, Community Member
10/16/09 1:42pm

This is an extremely helpful answer, thank you so much. I tried forcing myself to cry and it majorly reduced the knot sensation.

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Norma, Community Member
2/21/11 5:38pm

crying just makes more mucus and i can't breathe or swallow...I avoid funerals like the plague....

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Leyla99, Community Member
10/16/09 1:45pm

This is an extremely helpful answer, thank you so much. I tried forcing myself to cry and it majorly reduced the knot sensation.

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Joe21121, Community Member
5/24/11 4:40am

Hi,

 

 

My name is Joe, currently in singapore. Im currently having this kind of throat problem and apparently your answer gave me some relieve.  I was actually been busy for the past months, and never had the chance

to do exercise. Which is why im thinking maybe its because of, I stopped playing sport then this Globus Sensation pops in to my throat. Do you think playing sport will help me from not having this again? coz its really disturbing me. And sometimes, when i am asleep my throat tends to like close, or something blocks that keeps me from breathing(Last 1-2sec only) then what I do is just go out of my room and start coughing, take some fresh air.. is it still because of Global sensation? 

 

thanks!

 

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rarnold804, Community Member
5/24/11 12:59pm

If this is happening while you are sleeping, I would lean more toward sleep apnea. Mine never bothered me at night just during stressfull times or constant worring. Then I would concentrate on it too much and it became constant feeling in throat, but it was just what it is all in my mind and yours too if it is the globus. Good Luck!

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Catherine, Community Member
3/22/09 8:14pm

Hi Lisa,

I am actually an (almost) 14 year old going through the same thing as you. I feel like there is a golf ball in my throat, and have also been to the ENT doctor, who said it was anxiety, and also give me a list of things i shouldn't eat. But that was almost a year ago. I am still really scared and have trouble breathing, but i have found that if you dont think about it, breathing is easier. And really, there is nothing there (i hope)! I have swallowed a gummy bear whole, without even gagging, so dont worry, your throat isnt closed, you can still eat. We just need to relax, and stop thinking about it!

Sincerely, Catherine age 13

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dave80, Community Member
6/ 3/09 1:41pm

Hi! I have a similar experience!

Answers:  Acid Reflux (GERD) & Anxiety

I've had my esphoghus dialated, which I would not suggest to anyone, for it did not help!

Nexium helps, but only if I take it daily for the rest of my life!

I would suggest Nexium in the A.M., one hour prior to food or any other medications!

Do not eat 3-4 hours prior to bedtime!

Most importantly channel the anxiety by excercising or taking brisk walks!

Also, I personally have to limit my dairy intake!

Good luck!

"Worry less and do more!"

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alpaca girl, Community Member
6/ 8/09 12:18pm

That same feeling just appeared out of no where yesterday- it felt like a golf ball in my throat.  It wasn't sore, I'm in great health, good weight, eat healthy etc.  I couldn't figure this-  All in all  I AM under a ton of stress, but didn't "feel" stressed. A few minutes ago,  as I was eating a very ripe mango I could literally feel it going away.  It went from a golf ball feeling to a little pea on one side, not quite all gone, but a LOT better.  Today I will go out and get a couple more mangos- and some bananas( cuz one post said a potassium deficiency). I hope this goes away- I think its got to be something I'm not getting in my diet.-? km

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La Jolla, Community Member
6/22/09 10:31pm

I have had this feeling on and off for about 3 years.  I am totally afraid that it is cancer because I am a light smoker, but I don't have any other symptoms (weight loss, horse voice, etc.).  I do have bad heart burn, so maybe this is all it is.  I've bee too afraid to have a barium test for GERD, but I guess I should.  

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mem1, Community Member
8/24/09 12:19pm

I have the exact same issue going on. I have been treated for anxiety and panic disorder for the past several years. I am on meds for this. I have a constant feeling of a knot in the bottom part of my throat. Sometimes I even have difficulty breathing.  I told my doctor this and she said that it was a panic attack and upped my dosage on my medication. This has not helped at all, I think the knot feeling is even worse now. I don't know where to turn, or who to go to. I think my doctor thinks I'm crazy, but there is something going on. I am having frequent panic attacks, but they are not causing this, the knot is causing the panic attacks! I feel like I am going crazy. This is interfering with my life. I can't seem to do anything without thinking about this feeling. I am constantly clearing my throat, can't sleep, afraid to eat, I dont' know what to do.

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nella, Community Member
9/ 7/09 9:36pm

. Through some times in the past 11 years I have experienced this same problem.  I just started feeling this lump in my throat a week ago and I have no reason why I should have this problem - I don't feel stressed at this time now , but I have it now anyway.  Of all the times, being medicated or not, I noticed that if I don't think about it(like being so busy at work -there's no time), it's not noticible. When I do think about the feeling of the lump in my throat- I feel that it is hard to talk without gagging or as it worsens- hard to breathe.  It's hard to do but, I try to say to myself - "the longer I keep thinking about it, the more it will "close in"  and  it will just take even longer to  "heal" back to being normal again..just relax your throat- it's all in your head, you'll be ok."  Also I would tell myself- "there are other people that have this same exact feeling- you're not sick or dying so knock it off! relax-enjoy life"  Believe me, it is easier said than done,  but it did work at times.  I have tried doing things that make me happy and busy to keep my mind in positive focus.  At home- one time I felt I was having that problem again so I put in a hilarious- classic movie, it did wonders while I was getting the house work done. But anything funny usually works.  Even when I wasn't at home and I was at the store, work  or driving, I had to think of something funny so I could forget what was going on.  Another thing that helped was being on the right medication along with a doctor that I felt comfortable with.  Right now I'm not on medication anymore, but thinking about seeing a doctor if this is not getting better within a reasonable amount of time.   Both my sister and I had this stuggle for years.   My dad as well had a problem with panic attacks.  I have learned one thing from my sister and other people that I relate to that has panic attacks/anxiety - Being  a "worry wart" or a hypocondriac makes your life worse.  I've seen and experienced that being too worryfull can prevent some bad things from happening in your life, but it can definently keep good things from happening in your life too.     Smile     Peace to everyone     Smile

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Valeria, Community Member
11/28/09 2:24pm

Hello everyone.  I started having a lump sensation in my throat right after a throat infection that was treated with antibiotic, back in april of 2009.  I went back to my general doctor a few weeks later since that lump sensation in my throat never went away, but he didn't find anything wrong,I was told my throat seemed a bit irritated and more red than usual.

My symptons were: the lump sensation in my throat (it drove me nuts), no change in my voice, no heartburn, no pain, no difficulty to swallow food, actually when I was eating or drinking the sensation seemed no to be present. It was so weird!

After a few months I decided to go to a ENT doctor (ear,nose,throat).  She used a fine tube through my nose and checked down my throat, finding absolutely nothing wrong with it, no tumors, no problems with my lymph nodes, no tyroid problems, NOTHING ! She prescribed me omeprazole (an over the counter medication for acid reflux that did absolutely nothing).

I decided to go to a gastroenterologist and the doctor told me to have a gastroscopy.   

Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of the gullet, stomach and duodenum. It is performed by using a thin, flexible fibre-optic instrument that is passed through the mouth and allows the doctor to see whether there is any damage to the lining of the oesophagus (gullet) or stomach, and whether there are any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum.

I was scheduled to have my gastroscopy procedure on december 8th of 2009 when I found a miraculous solution for my problem and I hope it can help everyone.  Please leave a note for others if it  helps you. 

I'm not a big fan of yogurt but if I had to choose one I'd go for a strawberry flavor one, well... talking to a friend about my problems, since she's a naturalist by heart, she suggested me to eat the  all natural yogurt Fage lowfat (2%), no flavor (although, it doesn't taste good or sweet) .  It has live active cultures and i learned that their cows are not treated with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone).

It made my lump sensation disappear!

I was told also to avoid food with high fat content and dairy products, which I have.  I just can't believe that sensation is gone !!! I noticed the difference right the way, but I keep eating it regularly, in small portions. 

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amy, Community Member
1/13/10 7:12pm

Hi.  I am cured from these same symptons I have had for a year.  I went to the dentist for the 1st time in a couple years and had a few teeth with minor decay.  He filled them and instantly, I was all better.  I'm so glad and feel great.  Get checked if its been while.

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chucky, Community Member
9/16/11 12:53pm

you are not alone, i have the same exact feelings and my doctor recommended a psychiatrist. my problem is that my physical sickness is causing my anxiety and not the other way around, i feel an occasional thugging at my throat that lasts about 2 seconds and makes me not to breathe for that long. now that scares me and causes me to have panic attacks, i also have night sweats that again scares me because i think its cancer( God forbid). i am afraid of going to my doctor because all i hear is that i have anxiety and she is begining to think am crazy or something. does any body have a solution? i refused to take anti anxiety pills because i didnt want to get addicted but i realized that ONE-A-DAY womens helped a little because it has vitamin bcomplex wich helps with the nervous system regulation. my neck is what is bothering me now.

 

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from Florida, Community Member
12/16/09 9:50am

Hi.  I understand how you feel.  On and off I have been feeling the same way.  Think about it, if you have all these tests done and nothing is apparently wrong with you, it all could be related to anxiety.  I have found during season of stress, this feeling comes back with a vengeance.  Tell yourself that you are ok and this too shall pass.

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Amy, Community Member
12/24/09 9:51pm

hello just in the last two months i have been real sick and the diagnosed me with anxiety , well i didnt really understand an anxiety attack but i am on lorazapem and i was wondering if anyone has taken this how long does it take to make the attacks go away?and also i get that ball in my throat and i aapreciate the help from you all

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amy, Community Member
1/13/10 7:17pm

If you do feel an attack coming on, look at different objects all around, call then by name and color and go on the next object.  This has prevented many of attacks for me.

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Colette, Community Member
2/ 9/14 12:07am

Hi I also have the ball in my throat knot like feeling and I am taking lorazapam the only problem is it works when I take it if I lay down and go to sleep but I still wake up eith the feeling and I googled lorazapam it now has me worried because it is highly addictive and hard to get off of from what I read. I'm taking 1 mg how much were you given ?

 

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AA1358, Community Member
4/ 4/10 1:39am

Hey ive had the same problem for aboout a week now.. and From my limited experience with this phenomina i have found that dwelling on it makes it worse. And talking about whats worrying you helps, also when i am jus sitting around and thinking about it is unavoidable i like to have alot of coughdrops with menthol. I use Halls with mentholyptus. And i love to sing and singing along to my favorite songs def heklps me alot i find myself singing alot these days lol. Well i hope i have been helpfulll and hope that all of our lumps subside sooner rather then later. ha

Alex

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knotbegone, Community Member
4/17/10 4:57am

For awhile now i had woken up to a sore throat and a stuffed head and just yesterday this knot feeling had occured to me.  My ears clogged up and every time i swallowed it felt like there was a golf ball lodged in the lower part of my throat. I thought it was a sinus infection so i called my doctor and he prescribed amoxicillon hoping it will help. Reading all these answers and you talking about anxiety, i have always had anxiety about everything and i hope its just from this. Thanks for some advice and i hope we all become knotness very soon!

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acy, Community Member
5/11/10 12:17am

hi lisa , this is not always caused by anxiety or gurd. anxiety does make it worse but not the root cause of the problem. after many test and doctors i ended up at a voice and swallowing disorder center.  i finely got an answer. last friday i had botex injection into the muscle that caused part of the problem. so far it has helped . i feel like i can breath , and my throat doenst feel like it going to crush itself. i still have problems with the angina like symptoms, and the lump sentsation is not nearly as bad.

i was hoping for a miracle cure, but i'll take what i can get. better than no releif at all. also, it helps to cut out caffeine, or anything that will stimulate the globus sensation.

i hope that helps

prayers for everyone that suffers from this.

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Crymore, Community Member
10/ 4/10 12:39am

This has happened to me 3 times but this last time was the worst.  I was upset and trying not to cry and my throat just closed up and I couldn't take a breath.  Luckily my husband was here and in a calm voice he advised me to breathe through my nose and out through the mouth. I started to relax and instantly I could breathe again.  The other thing I noticed was that when I bent over forward at the waist it helped as well.  It was very scarey but I know now that I should not try to suppress the crying or just calm myself down by breathing though my nose and out through my mouth.  I hope this helps.  I am glad to see others shared the problem and how they dealt with it, on this forum. Thanks

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danapca, Community Member
11/ 1/10 9:34pm

Same thing happening to me right now. Read all of these responses and then searched globus hystericus and tried this technique http://www.panic-anxiety.com/articles/globus-hystericus/

It didn't relieve it but it decreased it some. I have severe anxiety off and on. I have been sick for 5 days and cough really hard. I am sure it is all related but I still really freak out because of the anxiety. I hope this helps. 

Now I just gotta figure out if I can cough and not make it come back. UGH!!

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trace, Community Member
3/ 3/11 2:36pm

hi. i too have this problem. feeling like i have a lump in my throat, or a piece of food lodged there. it also made me gag at times.. i thought id got a crisp stuck in my throat so went to the local emergency room.. dr had look as far as she could and said no chance of a crisp being stuck there as it would dissolve, if any thing it would have been a bone from a fish or chicken..its very distressing this feeling, but its more then likey anxiety ( GLOBUS HYSTERICUS ).. I have been prescribed amxiety tablets~( FLOXETINE 20MG 1 A DAY ) hope i spelt that right :)... only been on them 4 days now and the feeling is starting to settle.. i could go for the camera down throat if i wish next week but dr says she dont think i will need too...any how as frightened as u may be just try to keep calm.. i had a good cry over phone to my mum which helped to be honest.. the i take a deep breath through nose, hold it 12345. then out through mouth hold it 12345.. i also read a thread on a little excersise u could try.. get a warm flanel, not hot. then place over your adams apple for 1 min. be sure to sit in a quiet room firstly.. then stand with your back against a wall and lift your head so your looking at the ceiling. slowly tun your head to the left, holding for 5 seconds, then to the right holding for 5 seconds.. do this 10 times.. then place your hand over your muscles running down either side of your adams apple, massage gently for a minute, repeat this when ever you feel bad. it may work for you straight away or take a while...even a nice warm bath will help. belive me ive been through hell this last week with it.. not eating as scared of choking... try looking up globus as well. you will be suprised on how many sufferers there are..and their symptons matching yours..ive only been able to eat weetabix in warm milk and tomato soup, but today i had a sandwhich, 2 hamburgers and then a hot dog with onions... but guess what i now think the onion is stuck in my throat grrrrrrr...i suck lozengers to ease the feeling too and it helps.. 

 

its horrible this feeling but all i do now is read up on it and it calms me down... yes i been thinking i got throat cancer ect ect but dr tells me to stop worrying and calm down.. i was also asked if i had heart burn or taken gaviscon, had tonsils out or ever had glandular fever.. this is when im sat there in the emergency room panicking that i got this crisp stuck in my throat hmmmm hellooooooooooo  lol.. thinking on it now the dr would not have sent me off if she thought there was any danger or some thing was actually there.. bread and butter also helps to  move anything that may be stuck.. if ur still worried see another dr for opinions. i did when i suffered this 4 years ago...but more then likely you have this globus also..

 

just remember u think its happening but it isnt. so the more u tell your self its not real the easier the message will get to your brain and ease off the tightening

with me i feel like im being strangled constantly but it wears off by late evening, then comes back before lunch time.. then again i did experience being part strangled so this is contributing to it.. unreal isnt it!!!

good luck in sorting it

 

:) much love trace

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trace, Community Member
3/ 3/11 2:40pm

remember ur throat can not completly close

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Becky Mercader, Community Member
8/16/11 8:11pm

I also have been diagnosed with global hysteria during my second pregnancy. I feel like I have to cough to clear my throat but nothing improves and I feel short of breath b/c of the swelling in my throat due to irritation from acid. I started protonix 40mg twice a day and at bedtime I took over the counter pepcid complete. You can also raise the head of your bed a couple of inches to decrease reflux at night. I also notice that due to the amount of acid I produce that if I go without eating for long periods that there is no buffer in my stomache to absorb some of the acid. I need to lose about 40 lbs. so that is also not helping. Stay away from things that naturally irritate stomaches such as soda or caffiene, chocolate, cigarettes, citrus fruits and tomatoe based sauces. Don't let anyone do anything invasive such as widening your esophagus until all else fails. I've suffered this for about 2 years and most of the time I don't have symptoms. Stress will also aggravate the symptoms. You need to realize that you can breath and that your body is getting enough oxygen. You need to find ways to decrease your stress both physically and emotionally to get this under control. Good luck!

 

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chucky, Community Member
9/16/11 1:18pm

hi becky,

i seem to have this problem but mine is no an actual feeling of a lump in my throat but an occasional thugging in my throat. i have had problems off and on for three years with acid reflux, been told to avoid many foods which by the way is so difficult especially tomatoe sauce and citrus fruits. right now my problem seem to come as pool in my lower throat every now and then i dont know if any one experiences that and night sweating. am afraid reflux is said to cause throat cancer if it lingers. any suggestions?

 

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ginaharger, Community Member
11/22/11 7:38am

i been going through the same thing for 2 years. my doctor did a throat cancer test and diint have cancer and then she said it was anxiety i really dont think it that. the doctor am seeing now said it probley the same thing your doctor said. he said i would have to have a test done to see if it that. sorry dont have the answer for you .

 

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ginaharger, Community Member
11/22/11 7:50am

i been going through the same thing for 2 years. and my doctor said it could be anxeity, now i see another doctor and he said it could be reflex. but i dont think it is cuz i have no sym of it.  like right now am running a 101.5 fever and that knot feeling hurt so bad when i swollow. i dont have a cold.

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Anna, Community Member
3/12/12 6:31pm

I have the same thing.. I can't breath, post nasal drip, acid reflux and nothing helps.  I am afriad to eat.  I am also on Lamictal for depression/ bi polar and taking Dexilant for acid reflux, I also take Xanax for aneity, I also take muncinex and sometimes benedryl.  I was on also on  Celexa which was for anexity.  If someone can answer me.  I want to try to get to the bottom of this since doctors just seem to think we are crazy and there is no cure, unless there is but no dotors can stop this which is so annoying.

 

Is everyone here on some sort of depression medication or bi polar medication??? I am wondering if this is what might cause a lump in the throat along with post nasal drip and acid reflux.   Maybe takeing these pills can be an allergic reaction which can cause globus pharynegus hystricus - phlemy throat (mucus in throat)..ball in throat along with reflux.  Maybe they need to look into this. Maybe no one complains to the drug companies about reaction because they dont associate with a drug that helps out depression, bipolar or  maybe anxiety.   I am hoping that people resopond to let me know if they do.  I want to get off my depression meds..and get on new ones to test to see if it goes away.. but I am afraid..  If i tell doctors they tell me its not the meds.. So you can't win.

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Anna, Community Member
3/12/12 6:36pm

Sorry for all the typos.

 

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Gunz, Community Member
1/10/13 4:57am

lol i have the same thing - i take lexapro for anxiety/taken nexium for reflux/mucinex because i quit smoking and trying to find out why i cant breathe, Got an all clear on chest xray today but still feel rubbish. Im pretty sure ive narrowed it down to something to do with the feeling in my esophagus caused by a hiatal hernia because i put on 15kg because of the lexapro. I didnt feel this way when i was thin and not taking AD's. I first got nausea about 1.5 years ago which I put down to the formation of the hernia, the nausea is now gone with a strange tenderness where my sternum is - seems like i ican push something in and out (hernia) . So yes these issues do exist but seriously so many docs know Sweet fck all about nothing. I also feel better when walking around and not lying on my side which seems to cause a strange feeling in my throat (like a mint at the back of my tthroat ) Anyoone feel the same??? Please post

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Paulette, Community Member
10/ 2/12 12:15pm

Lisa I had this same Problem it wasn't until I s/w with a Psychiatrist and was placed on Xanax short term then Paxil over a time did I have any relief. This condition is caused by extreme anxiety and it can develop into severe Panic if not controlled. I wish the internet was around when I was experiencing my symptoms. At the time i though I was the only one in the world.

Focus on getting an appointment with a Mental health Provider...Bio Feedback; Hypnosis is also helpful....I lost 30lbs before I was able to get help because of Provider ignorance in the medical arena.

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