For roughly 6 months now, I've had the sensation that there's a lump in the back of my throat on the right hand side. Specifically, if I press on the back, under part of my jaw (in the soft area) and swallow, the sensation goes away. There is no pain associated with this feeling, but extreme annoyance. Recently, I've noticed 2 other things that COULD be related, but I don't want to jump to any conclusions. My right nostril is constantly clogged and no matter how hard I blow or snort, nothing comes from it. Also, my right chest (upper rib cage area) feels a dull pain every once in a while (not everyday)...almost as if my sternum needs to be popped or cracked. All of these issues have a tendency to get better and get worse with no real onset.
I've seen my PCP multiple times and these are the processes I've gone through:
-Barium swallow: a slight hiatal hernia was discovered, but not enough to be a cause for surgery.
-Ultrasound on neck in the affected area: no lumps or anything discovered.
-Blood levels test: nothing abnormal
From this, I've been placed on different medications to see what the issues could be:
-Heartburn medication for possible GERD: 1 month dosage that didn't seem to make a difference
-Multiple allergy/decongestants: Haven't noticed a difference when taking anything
Maybe some of my background would help to:
-I sleep on my stomach with my head turned to the left (so the effected area of my neck, chest, throat are against the bed/pillow)
-I lift weights regularly (if this could be the issue with my chest instead of being related to my throat)
-I smoke and drink
-Not over weight, but have a constant full/bloated feeling