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Flutter in throat

Please can someone help me. This is slowly driving me mad.

A few months ago I started to get a flutter in my throat right where the thyroid gland is. It went away as quick as it started however it made me cough and sort of lose my breath for a second. It wasn't that often that it happened.

However for the past 2 weeks it started to happen more and more until finally it became a constant flutter in my throat. I went to hospital and had blood tests, chast x ray and ecg all came back fine and they said it could be down to reflux.

Tried to get over Christmas as best as I could but its gradually getting stronger in my throat so I saw an out of hours doctor who said my Thyroid gland looks a bit swollen so I have to see my GP today to see if he will send me for tests.
I know there is nothing in the thyroid gland to flutter but could it be that if it is swelled this flutter is just my heart beat becoming more noticable in my throat? It feels like a hollow rush of air coming up my throat or a quiver that makes me cough. Its worrying me so much.

Other symptoms have been hair loss, tiredness, nausea, palpitations, constant fast pulse, dizziness, anxiety, feeling of adrenalin in my stomach, metallic taste in mouth. The list is endless.

Please can someone put my mind at rest. I just want it to go away its ruining my life so much that my partner left me 3 days ago and I just can't cope with the fluttering any longer. I have 2 children and I'm finding it hard to cope with everything.
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Have you looked into acid reflux?  The metalic taste is what makes me wonder that is what it could be.
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I would be asking for a thyroid ultrasound scan, really simple to do, the same scan as what they do when youre having a baby.
Then take it from there, have you had thyroid bloods done ?
I wish you good luck, and try not to worry to much, as stress makes thyroid issues more intense.
Good luck , im wishing you well.
Nicola
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I have had severe acid reflux when hypo.  I agree with thyroidian about the need for thyroid testing.  Make sure they test for FT3 and FT4 (not total T3 and total T4), along with TSH.  In addition, suggest that you get tested for adrenal related problems.
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Hi everyone

Just got back from my GP who seems to think its all anxiety. He said my thyroid blood test was fine from a week ago but is sending me for another one tomorrow. However I've been told that doctors will tell you that your results are fine even if they are  slightly not right. And that they only do TSH test and not T3 and T4?

I do get alot of reflux and heartburn but I've never had this before. It feels very similar to a palpitation when you get the flutter up your throat but my heart isn't fluttering its very regular.

I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I've heard this gets mistaken for thyroid problems.
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Suggest that you insist that they also test for FT3 and FT4 ( not total T3 and total T4), along with TSH.  Even if they say okay, look at the lab request and make sure they have put FT3 and FT4 on there.  You wouldn't believe how many times people think they are getting FT3 and FT4, only to learn later that it was not done.

Also, always get a copy of the lab report for future reference.  The doctor is required to provide a copy upon your request.  When you have latest results, including FT3 and FT4, then post here and members will be glad to help interpret.
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How is your nausea? I have the EXACT symptoms for over 1 year and had every GI tesy done.... even went to the Mayo clinic. No one can find anything wrong with me except acid reflux. I get my thyroid levels checked on February 2nd so I hope that answers something. The only difference I see is that I have frequent nausea and i'm always cold. How about you??
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You should also consider the suggestions I gave to IamKay just above.  Insist on FT3 and FT4, not the totals, and then verify when you go in for blood draw.  
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You just described the exact same sensation I have! I have had this on and off for several years, although there are times when it seems to get worse.  I have searched the internet looking for someone to describe this very bizarre sensation.
I too have an enlarged thyroid, but since my blood work came back normal, the doctor is not too worried about it. I also had an EKG and an Echocardiogram and both came back normal. I do have a heart murmur, but again, nothing the doctor is concerned with. I also have three other brothers and sisters who have this exact same sensation, and all three are healthy...
I do suffer from anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder - fancy way of saying I am always anxious about everything. And I notice that when I do get the 'flutter', it almost always follows a time when I have been anxious and holding my breath. Again, not sure if this is your case, but definitely something that I have noticed.
Good luck and good health!
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I realize that this is a very old post, but I wanted to see if you ever found any answers???

I had all of the symptoms you described a couple years ago. It took me over a year to discover that I was living with toxic mold. I still have these symptoms sometimes (and plenty of others too), but on the whole, they were better when we moved.

Hope you are completely past this and have found the answer!!!
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Yes, I would have liked to know how lamkay turned out as well. I went to the doctor because I thought the blood pressure meds she put me on were causing all my side affects. I got myself off of atenolol. I feel much better. But, I get alot of the feelings lamkay is getting. Turned out my thyroid was sluggish..not good at all they only tested the TSH and the T4 turned out my test was 7.65. I am on Eniva products, so our Alternative doctor said, take 2 ounces of the Vibe and 2 tsp morning and night of the Thyroid care (has Iodine in it). I feel so much better. I will be going back for Thyroid tests Aug 22nd. I will make sure they do the FT3 and FT4 plus the adrenal. From my research they are now wanting the TSH range to be 0.3 to 3.5 I also found out Americans are deficient of Iodine. Wow! Research that, you will be so surprised, how something simple as Iodine can take away some of these side affects. If you want to look into my products Eniva....just  go to  www.1ounce2health.com. God bless and I pray you all do well
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Just today I have had an increase in the same symptoms you have been describing here. I say increase because ever since I stated taking a new (to me) blood pressure med this has been happening to me! Today was the worse yet and it has been going on all day so I decided to search it via the internet and this is where it brought me. I was hoping for some answers here as I am without proper insurance so all the hospital tests are out of the question. I also have a thyroid problem. I have hypothyroid and take meds for that but have had no side effects from them ever. The only real change has been the blook pressure meds and I am going to quit them in the hopes it will help. This thing with the heart in the throat fluttering is scaring me!
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I'm right there with you..... I have been on thyroid med for years and nothing like this happened till I got on blood pressure meds.  I'd rather change diet and figure out healthy natural ways to fix my blood pressure then meds and feel the fluttering all the time.  Best of luck to you.
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I stopped the new blood pressure meds and it took about 2-3 days and the flutter is gone and has remained that way. I still take lisinilopril but quit the Amlodipin (sorry about the spelling?) It was the Amlodipin that started the problems. I hope they give feed back to the companies who make these drugs because from what I'm seeing this is a very prevalent problem and doesn't seem to be addressed with the proper warnings.
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Ive been having same symptoms as all, but Ive had feelings of my blood pressure being to low to the point where I felt I was going to pass out. I'm on Lisinophil 20 mg. Has anyone else had this problem
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When I read your first post, anxiety came to my mind first.  It sounds exactly like what I first felt when my anxiety started.  Ativan takes care of it in being constant, but I still get situational anxiety.  Best of luck
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Are all of you females? I am and I had this same flutter. I went to the Cleveland Clinic heart center they did an EKG and blood work and the doctor said he never heard of this flutter in the throat. I explained it as the feeling when you go down a hill on a rollercoaster and it feels like your stomach comes up in your throat. He said he would say it's Reflux. I've been on major doses of Reflux meds for 17 years.  I'm also on Thyroid meds because I'm premenopausal.  It is getting more often and it's very annoying.  Doctors look at me like I'm crazy.
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What thyroid med and dosage?  Also, please post your thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report.  Do you have any other symptoms going on?
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It has been 7 months since I posted about my flutter being gone, just want to let you know it remains gone ever since I stopped the Amlodipin (spelling?) I am still on Lisinopril and take Losartan Potassium also but have never had a recurrence of the fluttering since stopping the one med. I also have low thyroid medicated with Levothyroxin (levothyroxine).
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hi gimel ,I am replying to you as you seem to have a bit of knowledge, I to have been getting some pressure feeling and flutters in the back of my throat for about 8 months  and It seems to be getting worse, my so many symptom's started about 8 years ago when I started to get pain in my throat (between my chest  bone) and consistent sore throats I went to my doctors over a 9 month period complaining about it  even suggesting that it could be some sort of a bacterial infection as this is what the pain felt like  the doctors reply was it was impossible and sent me away with gavaston for acid reflux eventually the doctor referred me onto the hospital after I started bleeding from my back passage. In the hospital I had a scope  put down my throat and up my back passage were they found I had hellibactar in my throat  and ulcerative colitis in my back passage which I was treaded for and then discharge from the hospital. After complaining to the same doctor for a further 3 years that I was still bleeding from my back passage I then change doctors and  after a further 2 years with my new doctor I was referred  back to the hospital in 2010 which they then found that  I still had the ulcerative colitis and also 2 polips. I have return to the hospital every 6 month since 2010 as I have pre assistant ulcerative colitis, over the last 3 years I have been complaining with pain in my upper stomach which stared to bring on pain in my chest, the chest pain got so bad that it when through  into my shoulder blade so my doctor sent me for an ECG  which showed something wrong with my heart beat and the doctor then told me  i may have had a previse heart attack after being referred to the chest hospital and having  a Echocardiogram and a calcium scoring test done they have ruled out the heart attack and referred me back to the Gastroenterology clinic. The doctor at the hospital have tried me on a double dose of Lansoprazole and nexium 40mg, which didn't work for me so they have sent me for ph test and told me there is a 9 month waiting list for this test, i have waited nearly 12 months now and still haven't had a appointment, in the meantime i have started to get a pressure feeling and flutters in the back of my throat it started off like Lamkay were it caught my breath and made me cough and now a have a continues flutter especially after having something to eat  
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You have mentioned a number of things that i have little/no knowledge about.  I would like to help in any way possible and perhaps there are other members who can provide some insight.  At this point I wondered why you chose to post on the thyroid Forum.  Have you been told you might have a thyroid problem?  If you have had any thyroid related tests done, please post those results, along with reference ranges shown on the lab report.

Where are you located that you have to wait so long to be tested?
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Hi sorry it took so long for me to post back. 4 years in fact! I had an endoscopy shortly after my symptoms started and it showed a bit of inflammation in my esophagus. The fluttering lasted about 3 weeks and then disappeared on their own.

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