If the CT scan is normal, i wonder if it's that you feel a lump but there's not one there? Post nasal drip can make you feel like there's a lump, and cause laryngitis, but doesn't often cause heartburn. Nasal steroids and saline rinse helps drip.
I often have my patients try the prilosec in the morning and take the maximal dose of anti-H2 antacids at night. Consider propping the head of the bed up.
Get another second opinion if you're not getting enough help.
I have had everything you mentioned, except for loss of voice. Always the felling of something in my throat. Have had the thyroid test ,CT scan and everything else you mentioned. Even had an endoscopy. They found nothing wrong with me. I do the saline rinse about every two to three days helps for a while.
If you find any solution. Please post. cat33
have you tried more frequent rinses? that helps many of my patients
how about nasal steroids?
Hi, thanks so much for your blog. I was wondering where I would get a saline rinse, I've never even hears of that? What about the anti-H2 antacids, as of right now, I take Pepto max strength, and Prilosec in the am and at night. I also sleep with like three pillows under my head!!! It's killing my back! I'm considering going back to another doctor, because the one I'm seeing now says it will take months for me to start feeling a real difference in my throat! Is that true? What do you think? Just wondering? Jacquie.
saline rinse is available over the counter, there are many brands, it doesn't matter what brand: ocean, etc.
@H2 are zantac, pepcid, tagamet
Pepto doesn't do squat
Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor
it can take some time. at least a few weeks
Hello there , I've had the exact same feeling .It's been going on and off for the last 2 years . At first my doc thought it might be an infection ,gave me amoxicillin for 10 days .Felt better on the 10th day but on the 11th one the lump came back . He then tried Zithromax with exact same resulsts . I tried antacids .Took care of my heartburn but did nothing fo the lump .I've had my thyroid checked ,nothing there . One thing I noticed is that the lump appears and gets more intense whenever I lift heavy objects . I use to train with weights ,but had to stop because the lump was intolerable . Sometimes when I wear tight shirts especially around the neck area I get really uncomfortable as if I am choking .I read somewhere about cricopharyngeal spasms . The lump does feel like getting choked up ,like when I cry . Also alcohol seems to agrivate it too .
So please if anyone has any idea of what could be causing this or is going through the same stuff let me know I'm not alone !
Can't say what but there are a few tips:
- by lifting heavy objects, you are straining the external neck muscles which can feel like and look like a lump when the muscle contracts
- alcohol causes flushing and vasodilation which could make things swell
I remember when lifing weights I had a bad habit of holding my breath .I always did this unconsciously . Could this be the cause of it all ? If lifting heavy objects was the cause ,is there anyway to cure this or prevent it from happening ? Could I have dammaged the neck muscles ?
Geez I wish you were my Doc , I've gotten more answers in too sentences than 2 years of seeing doctors and waiting in emergency rooms ....
lifting heavy objects increases your intraobdominal pressure if you're holding your breath, we call it valsalva and shouldn't damage anything
hope you find a doc you can trust, they're out there, you have to keep looking...
Hi John! Well trust me when I say I feel your pain! I don't know what the cause is, but I do know that I too have heard of cricopharyngeal spasms, and though at first I was doubting it. I had hurt my back about a year ago, and still had a couple of muscle relaxers, when I researched it, a doctor said the way he found out if this was what the tightness in the throat was with his patience was to give them a sample dosage of muscle relaxers, I thought it could not hurt to try. So I did, and it worked though if I aloow myself to get stressed, or statr raising my voice it comed right back, it really helps me. Just thought I'd let you know. Jacquie728
boy those are long french nails! ;)
muscle relaxants may help, but are not a great long term solution since they can be addictive.
better is to stop the activities that are causing it (e.g. don't hold your breath when lifting)
Hi, I know I always keep the long nails! It's a must. Okay, I will continue my search for the source of the problem, and I do tend to hold my breath whenever I lift things. Thanks for your blog though!