In the past few weeks, I received a diagnosis of mild osa, and multiple environmental and food allergies. This is cause for anxiety as literally 85% of a standard American grocery store just got wiped off my map. This past week I've had a near constant lump feeling. I thought it was from corn chips or chicken--things I CAN eat. My allergist quickly fit me in to look at my throat and told me that many of her patients experience what I am experiencing. It's called somatization. And it isn't helped by my persistent post nasal drip. I have found that two things have helped me, though I feel that lump even as we speak: 1) get my mind off of it and it seems to go away, and 2) not so glamourous unfortunately, but getting air out of my stomach--in other words, burping I guess. GERD is a strong possibility too. But I don't believe I'm experiencing that. If you are experiencing GERD, I have recently read that feelings of GERD can be caused by too much or too LITTLE stomach acid. Also, be sure to take care with antiacids that contain alumimum like I think Tums does.