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Weird Swallowing Sensation
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Weird Swallowing Sensation
I have this "weird" swallowing sensation that comes
and goes. There is a bone or cartillage above my
adam's apple that "recoils" or "ricochets" pretty
hard at times when I swallow. It happens mostly when I
swallow saliva and less often when swallowing food.
When I drink liquids, sometimes that bone gives a
rhythmic "knocking" sensation.

I don't have any problems eating or drinking but it
is a very annoying feeling. There are times when the
recoil is so hard it actually hurts my throat. This
has been going on for two months now and I have seen
2 ENT specialists in my area (San Jose, CA). Both
performed fiber optic scopes. One diagnosed pharyngitis and the other had no diagnosis whatsoever.

Anybody here ever experienced this?

Thank you.
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Cyrano

I get exactly the same problem, if you have heard from anyone who has helped you, please let me know. I have been to hospital to get it checked out but the doctor suggested it was cartilage and could see nothing else. Not only when swallowing do I get the sensation but during the night occasionally, I feel like I have a piece of bone or something cover my windpipe and I have to swallow hard to get it "back in place".

Let me know if anyone else has helped you.

Carm

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Carmenne,

I went to UCLA head and neck surgery center to see a physician who specializes in "popping or clicking throats". He told me that it is abnormal hyoid bone movement and can be corrected with a 30 minute outpatient surgery where he makes a small incision in your neck and shaves off a piece of the larynx and/or hyoid bone to prevent the popping sensation. He said I may have a little reflux but the popping hyoid movement is completely unrelated to any reflux disease.

If you want more information, e-mail me at ***@****

Cyrano
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I have been having the same problem for several months now and would really appreciate any information about this problem
doctor told me it was reflux after administering a barium swallow i followed all the doctors instructions on controlling reflux and it hasn't helped. the popping seems worse in the morning and eases throughout the day i also have a feeling of a scratch or something in my throat. i have noticed that if i turn my head certain ways it sometimes helps with the popping.
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