Throat problems

Hi all Thyroid sufferers, has any one out there had a problem swallowing ? I see in the list of side effects of a underactive thyroid one is exactly what I am suffering apart form all the other ones too :( iv'e been diagnosed over 2 years now and this is driving me round the bend, I feel like I want to clear my throat all the time its horrid , has anyone else had this side effect and have you found anything that will help, ?

thanks any help or advice would be most greatly appreciated Nick

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  • Trouble swallowing can also be due to iron deficiency. Clearing the throat can be from post-nasal drip.

    Of course it can all also be from the thyroid problem as well. But both of the above issues can and do occur with hypothyroid.

  • Thank you for that yes the doctor did say it could be post nasal drip ( Yuck) but this feeling of a lump in my throat is horrid makes me want to clear my throat of the constriction I can feel , I will certainly be going back to the doctors to get my blood checked :)

  • Welcome to the forum Nick.

    Ask your GP to palpate your throat and neck to check for swelling (goiter) which can make swallowing difficult. If you have a goiter you should have an ultrasound to check whether it is compressing your windpipe. Members have reported extra mucus develops when they are undermedicated. Post your recent thyroid results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) in a new question and members will advise.

    Ask your GP to check ferritin (stored iron), vitamin D, B12 and folate too as they're often low/deficient in hypothyroid patients and cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms.

  • Thank you I am most grateful iv'e had this feeling in my throat fir at least 8 months and i'm not being fobbed off again I will be on the telephone in the morning thanks very much

  • I get this often, and have nodules (after I found out after insisting on a scan!) , and it's minor but annoying. Follow advice given above ;)

  • thank

    you poppyrose what was the remedy they came

    up with for you ?

  • I feel I have to 'clear my throat' every morning - sometimes until well after I arrive at work. I sometimes find it difficult to swallow particularly laying down at night - I find it helps to put my chin down to swallow!

  • hi its been bothering me for 8 months im totally fed up with it im back at the doctors next week its quite worrying , I also have the lying down problem it sometimes makes me feel im going to suffocate

  • Hi I have just been to my GP again with my throat problem Ive had since starting Methotrexate 3 months ago. It feels like I have a golf ball stuck in my throat all the time its, hard to swallow and when I lay down my throat feels like it is closing up. I have been to my GP on 4 occassions about this and have had penecillin and now for second time referred to ENT (I was told by hospital that there were no appointments available last time after waiting 3 weeks). I am sure it is my thyroid though Ive never been diagnosed with hypothyroid my last bloods showed TSH 5.37 which is raised. Just have to wait for further bloods and ENT appointment. Hope to get sorted soon its driving me mad. hugs Joolz.x

  • me Too Joolz I sometimes feel doctors don't listen or they don't understand thyroid problems ive always said to

    my doctor my throat problems are down to my thyroid, im back again on wed about it im fed up with it what you describe is exactly how I am :( best wishes Nick hope u get sorted x

  • I have this and it is definitely when I am undermedicated. It is as though all the muscles are constricted with a circle of 'golf ball' in the middle. It has definitely improved with increased dose.

  • I have this especially since my T3 has been reduced from 70mcg to 60mcg. Hard to for me to decide if lower dose causing as I may have multiple sclerosis (under investigation, having tests). Good luck to everyone sorting this annoying throat problem!

  • Maybe its undermedication. I do remember I often choked on my food before I was diagnosed with hypo., Of course I did,nt know the reason then, but my throat must have been narrowing with the condition of the gland.

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