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Feeling of a lump in throat when swallowing!

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Can anyone else relate to this....

Hi people....so the last few days now I've been getting the feeling if something like a lump in my throat! It isn't painful but sore ish as I swollen and eat like I can feel something there but don't actually think there is anything there....it does feel sore when I eat but then feels better after few mouthfuls or drinking warm drinks! It dosnt feel like a sore throat though.

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Hi staceyn, it's always best to check in with your doctor regarding any new symptom.However, this sounds like it may be Anxiety based. Step back for a moment and take a

look at your life. What has been going on more recently? Are you stressed out? Do you

live in fear everyday with Health Anxiety??

That may be your answer. When we we fear, our muscles tighten. The muscles in the

throat may feel like there is a lump there but may not be a physical manifestation but one

caused from our emotions.

Sipping on a hot drink feels better because it's relaxing the tight muscles in the throat.

Food goes down normally even with that sensation being there. There are many medical

names for this symptom but basically can be caused by Anxiety.

Please see your doctor to rule out any physical causes. If not, we are here to help you through just one other way Anxiety can grab our attention. Keep us updated please :) xx

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staceyn83 in reply to Agora1

Thankyou I will speak with doctor this week hopefully....its very strange feeling but trying not to worry about it as it seems worse when I'm thinking about it.

Stacey, you are about the tenth person this year that has reported this very common symptom of high anxiety. It's even got it's own name: Globus Hystericus. I had it back in the 1990s and went for a special radium meal test which found nothing wrong. Which I sort of new would be the case because I suspected it was a symptom of anxiety. So I stopped thinking about it and it never troubled me again.By all means ask your doctor to take a look but if he or she can find nothing wrong then just accept it's 'nerves' and get on with your life, in time it will fade away.

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staceyn83 in reply to Jeff1943

Thank-you for your reply....I've had anxiety for years now but I've never had this feeling before. U don't feel anxious but I have had little feelings like I'm about to have a panic attack but it goes away....pluss my daughter has just tested positive so think I'm worrying about that....can I ask how it felt for you when you had this limp feeling???? Thanks again I will see if I can get an appointment with my doctor this week.

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Jeff1943 in reply to staceyn83

Mainly noticeable when I swallowed, like an obstruction stuck in the part of my throat that gets sore when I have a sore throat. There's no doubt in my mind you've got the same, never underestimate the power of the anxious mind to fool us.

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staceyn83 in reply to Jeff1943

How did you get it to go away? It's so annoying and a it sore ish

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Jeff1943 in reply to staceyn83

As I say, knowing the power of stressed nerves to imitate genuine organic illness I suspected it was a symptom of anxiety. So when I received the diagnosis that all was o.k. I didn't say "Oh, the doctors must have missed something." I accepted the diagnosis and ACCEPTED THE FEELING OF A LUMP IN MY THROAT for the time being. When I felt the lump I didn't add second fear to the flash of first fear, I accepted that it wasn't life threatening and was reassured.And because I accepted it fir the time being and didn't keep scaring myself half to death every 5 minutes I denied my stressed nerves the fear hormone which caused the nervous system to become over sensitised.

So in a word Accept. That which you resist will persist!

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staceyn83 in reply to Jeff1943

OK thank-you....u will definitely try....

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Jeff1943 in reply to staceyn83

Surrender to your lump! Refuse to fight it! Agree to coexist with it (for a while)! Relax when you start to feel it! Go limp and beat the lump!

Hi StaceyI don't suffer from anxiety but I have experienced the same thing. I just went off to see the ENT (ears nose throat) Dr. He popped a camera up my nose which went down my throat to have a look around and more specifically my vocal chords. All good. Maybe you could do that to set your mind - and anxiety - at rest. It's completely painless and you don't gag as the camera goes via your nose . Once you have been medically checked your symptoms may disappear.

Take care. Xx

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staceyn83 in reply to Lilypocket

Thanks....I tried to book a doctors appointment today but know luck. Will try first thing tomorrow just so they can check as it's so sore I'm wondering if I just have a really sore throat as my ear is starting to hurt today....thanks for replying x

Hi Stacey.I will say check with a Endocrinologist and have your thyroid gland checked.will recommend to have a echography.I’ve had your symptoms and been told is anxiety.Thyroid problems create anxiety symptoms.I’ve lost almost to years taking all sorts of anxiety pills when the real problem was a thyroid nodule which was ignored by my GP.Because of that and being to late l had a thyroidectomy(thyroid gland removed) and waiting for biopsy results and have to take hormone pills every day for the rest of my life.I will say to every one here specially women with unexplained anxiety please have your thyroid checked,have a echography not just hormone dosage.

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