This symptom is common in post thyroidic removals, but not that usual when your gland is only "slightly enlarged." See posts on this at: http://www.************.com/Tightness__fullness__painful_neck_post_Thyroidectomy_t79020.html
In your health history discussions with your Endo, did you mention your history of Mono and the weight gain? Is it possible this was a misdiagnosis? I would suggest you discuss your medical history very thoroughly with the new Doc.
With my throiditis, I have redness across my chest, just as if I had worn a wide open collar shirt and gotten a sunburn from it. It is slightly sensitive at times, but nowhere near your symptoms. This is fairly common I've learned, but your level of pain and discomfort should be addressed faster than 1 month. Consider a detailed physical with a GP sooner, and address the health history and current issue at length with them first.
Yes the Endo knew the whole history (actually I saw two of them the year I had mono which was 2002).
The neck problems were fully documented by the Allergist and I have those records. I will be passing them onto the next doctor(s).
I do get a redness in the area around my thyroid like I have a sunburn.
Unfortunately Buffalo NY doctors take you when they take you which is usually 1-3 months if you are lucky. The endo's wait is usually 3-5 months. Nothing sooner unless you leave the area.
I have the choking feeling too, and the strange redness around my throat in the thyroid area. I have found that when I first wake up it's not there, but after a few minutes of drinking something (AM coffee), it starts again. So, I'm thinking mine (thyroid gland) is becoming irritated and swollen from the swallowing. It could be caused by stress, or angina of the throat. My mother had angina of the throat and chest after my brother died. I think she was prescribed Valium at the time. If you have a nodule that is large it can cause this (like mine), or a goiter. I would ask/demand if you have to that another ultrasound be done on your neck..if you can't find a good/willing endocrinologist, then maybe a good ear, nose, and throat specialist can help find the problem. My thyroid issues were discovered by my GYN, but I was only going to her and no one else at the time.
Thanks so much! I am going to keep pursuing this with a decent endo. I went to a neurologist and he said this was not neurological because the feeling wasn't just on one side which would indicate the brain is controlling this.
The sad thing is, I have valium for panic attacks however when taking it, the feeling never goes away.
Would an MRI show anything? With all my complaints no one has issued an MRI of the area.
I have Hashis and have had a tight feeling in my throat for a while. I had a positive blood test for gluten sensitivity so my GI doc did an upper endoscopy. I did not come back celiac, but he said I do have acid reflux. Well it was pretty mild, so I ignored it. Six months later I saw a new ENT and told him about my throat. He asked me about acid reflux and I said that I get a little bit of heartburn. He put me on Protonix, for acid reflux, and my throat is not tight anymore. Just my story, maybe you should check it out.
I have experienced this choking, gagging feeling for a while now with large goiter. Have you had a recent thyroid ultrasound? If not it may have increased in size. I also have complained of a strange red "flushing" on my neck above the thyroid for about a year and a half. My family doc just shrugged it off. Don't be discouraged, it is so aggravating when you know something is wrong and doctors don't take seriously. I agree that it would not hurt to make sure your heart is okay. Angina can cause neck tightness although that would be a long time to have that. Definately need current ultrasound as mine almost doubled in size over 3 years. Your neck symptoms sound just like mine, nothing but v necks for years. Hope this helps.