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I am wondering if the fact that I always feel like there is something stuck in my throat can have something to do with my sleep apnea diagnosis? I didn't think to ask the doc. I always feel like there is a lump in the back of my throat or something stuck there, and usually there isn't anything there. I was thinking it might be some kind of extra tissue but my ENT said it looks fine to him, although he didn't do a CT scan or any other type of scan, just a visual observation. I asked if it could just be irritation from post-nasal drip and he said my throat looked fine.
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People with GERD often report a similar feeling of a lump in their throat. A doctor who uses a blog to educate people responded that a Laryngoscopy done by an ENT would be the next test to determine if there was a problem with the throat area.
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That is a symptom of what is often called silent GERD. You dont get the pain...but instead get that constant feeling that you have "something" in the back on your throat. Some describe it like a ball of mucus. I would ask your ENT about silent GERD.
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this feeling is also common for anxiety sufferers
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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.
just wanted to add that I too have constant post nasal drip. And somatization is basically the old friend/foe: "anxiety."
When I was a kid I suffered from anxiety all the time. And I often had a lump in my throat when I swallowed.
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