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Hey. This happens to me maybe once or twice a month, and just started up again today and I have no idea what it is. When I try to swallow, its like my throat muscle gets stuck half way there and it feels like my atom's apple(or I guess lack there of since I am a girl) is almost stuck. I have to then work to swallow really hard, and finally there is a clicking feeling and sound and I can swallow and my goes back to its normal spot. If I swallow again the same thing will happen. It usually doesn't happen with food or anything, just swallowing spit. This will usually go on for a day or two, stop, and then start up in another two weeks. Does anyone have any idea what this might be?
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replied April 28th, 2008
click click, grrrrr
yea i have this click that seems to happen most when i swallow my spit. i started noticing it say 2 years ago. before it would only happen once a week but is happening about everyday now but sumtimes comes n goes. i've been reading other post about clicking in the head n it seems like other ppl have it too n they recommend some sites Look up Palatal Myoclonus on Wikipedia. i dont kno if these websites are relevant but i thought you should kno about them. i think i have these clicking noises because of stress and/or high blood pressure because on days where i'm not tense the clicking seems to go away. and they always seem to happen after i wake or in bed right when im ready to sleep. also around the time when i have these clicks i tend to notice my pulse through my head as blood is being pumped through different veins and if they are rythmic then the clicking is nowhere to be found but if it isn't rythmic like when im tensed is when i get the clicks and most often only when i swallow my spit. i can't really explain it. does anybody kno of any remedies or practices that can make it go away. would like any suggestion.

oh this happens also after a big day of smoking n drinking, maybe caffiene or nicotine has sumthing to do with it. and it doesnt happen outdoors for me.
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replied February 21st, 2012
CLICKING AND PAIN IN THROAT
I SUFFER THIS AS WELL FOUND THIS ON WIKIPEDIA!!!!!!!!!!A less common cause, distinguished by a "lump in the throat" accompanied with clicking sensation and considerable pain when swallowing, may be due to thyroid-cartilage rubbing against anomalous asymmetrical laryngeal anatomy e.g. the superior cornu abrading against the thyroid lamina,[4][5] surgically trimming the offending thyroid-cartilage provides immediate relief in all cases.[1] However this cause is frequently misdiagnosed, despite requiring a simple clinical examination involving careful palpation of the neck side to side which elicits the same click sensation (laryngeal crepitus) and pain as when swallowing, most cases are due to prior trauma to the neck.[1] High resolution computed tomographic (CT) or MRI scan of the larynx is usually required to fully understand the anomalous laryngeal anatomy. Anterior displacement the thyroid ala on the affected side while swallowing can help resolve symptoms.
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replied June 5th, 2009
hi i have the same thing but it starts like every month buts when i turn my head to the left side were it hurts it feels a little better and i keep hearing the clicking noise i went to see the doc they said my throat look fine but it dnt feel fine its not painfull its just really do my head in im gonna go back and demand to see a throat person because its really putting me down if any1 knows wat it could be im really feel scared im thinking all sorts
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replied June 5th, 2009
throat
my throat makes a clicking sound and i seem to be swallowing alot and it feels like somat suck in my throat i went to see the doc and he said my throat looks fine but im getting really scared it comes every month sometimes in the week im thinking all sorts and dnt no wat to do i feel like going to my docs and demanding to see some one who looks at throats and inside the mouth and be able to have a check up so i no wts up the doc said my throat looks normal i dnt beleive that because it would not keep comeing back all the time does any one no wat it could be i need help my heads messed up threw thinking wat it could be
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replied June 5th, 2009
throat
my throat makes a clicking sound and i seem to be swallowing alot and it feels like somat suck in my throat i went to see the doc and he said my throat looks fine but im getting really scared it comes every month sometimes in the week im thinking all sorts and dnt no wat to do i feel like going to my docs and demanding to see some one who looks at throats and inside the mouth and be able to have a check up so i no wts up the doc said my throat looks normal i dnt beleive that because it would not keep comeing back all the time does any one no wat it could be i need help my heads messed up threw thinking wat it could be
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replied July 10th, 2009
This strange thing started happening to me years ago but seems to slowly be occurring more frequently. It could be brought on my a cough or swallowing too much food at once. It feels like something gets displaced in my esophagus (?), like an inward dent. I can usually pop the dent back out by widening my throat by lifting my chin up and sort of doing a bullfrog act. Until it pops back into place it's very painful to swallow. It just occurred to me today when I accidently and for some unknown reason swallowed some of my saliva down my windpipe which made me cough. But today the difference is I can't get it back aligned despite my best efforts. It's been all day and I'm a bit worried. I wish I knew exactly what the heck this is!
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replied September 3rd, 2009
Lifespan- I have the same thing, have had the "clicking" ever since I can remember. Like you, I also noticed I have it more often after a day of drinking or smoking... although when I was younger I used to notice that I did not experience the clicking when I smoked marijuana (which I have only done on a few occasions and not for several years now.)

I thought it was normal, but decided to look it up today and I think maybe it could be traced back to a concussion I had when I was 2 as a result of a car accident.

I have never really worried about it before and have lived with it for probably 31 years.
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replied January 23rd, 2010
Clicking in Throat: Globus Pharyngis???
Hello All,

I've been having the same problem of clicking when swallowing. It seemed to start about 2 months ago. It seems to come and go, but now seems to be there almost every day. Often when swallowing saliva or dry swallowing, I would get a weird click in my throat near my Adam's Apple. If I put my finger on it, I can feel a hard lump moving up and then down. I've had an endoscopy and my GI doctor and regular doctor says all is normal, but I know its not. I can actually feel it click/pop.

I looked up "Clicking Swallowing" on Wikipedia and the first link that came back was on Globus Pharyngis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globus_pharyn gis. The more I read the more it sounded like what I had. However, I would say the click is not painful, just annoying. Tell me if you guys think this could be it? I will then approach my doctor with this article and tell him this is what I think I got.

Good Luck,
Danny B.
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replied September 4th, 2011
Did you ever figure anything out?
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replied August 27th, 2010
went to the doctor about the clicking and he said it was from snoring alot.
What a clown.
Should have his license revoked.
Said to suck Halls candies.
Did you ever hear of such a ridiculous statement.
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replied December 6th, 2010
Clicking/pop when swallowing
I'm so happy to have found this thread! I honestly thought that maybe after the clicking happened once, I subconsciously started swallowing in an odd manner that made it keep happening again and again. I'm only 22 and I noticed this for the first time about a year ago, and it comes and goes just like everyone else has described. Another common factor that "Saddie123" mentioned is that I can swallow without the click/pop if I turn my head to the left and down slightly toward my shoulder and also if I look all the way up as I swallow. Also, if I push down on the non-adams apple area that does the clicking sound as I'm swallowing, it sometimes prevents the click as well. It started back up this morning and it's happening more frequently. Someone mentioned something about stress, and I am in the middle of taking finals this week and am graduating this month so that may be what triggered it?

And also like others have mentioned, it almost never happens when I eat or drink, just when I dry swallow or swallow saliva normally. I shared this with my mom recently and she basically wrote it off as nothing, but it's just damn annoying at this point.
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replied January 21st, 2011
Throat Click
Wiki is really helpful on this subject - so many thanks to the bright spark who checked it!! Been worrying all week that I'm dying of throat cancer as I am a smoker - more likely just paranoia. Thanks again.
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replied September 4th, 2011
Throat issue, Clicking painful
i have a similar story, though its all the time every swallow, click. painful by the end of the day always soar. i went to my normal doc, clueless, went to the ent, clueless, went to a larynxologist at the u of m, he said i was fine, that i just needed to go to a speech pathologist, went to see him, he said it was something major, not requiring pathology unless i wanted to live with it, he sent me to a physical therapist, who in turn sent me to a spinal doctor, who refused to see me and sent me back to the ent, who knows nothing. But in the process Ive learned about eagle's syndrome, larynx fractures, and possible displacement of the larynx tongue and hyoid bone.all three are viable options along with styloid syndrome, hyper extended cornue and a list of other things. My condition occurred after a tonsillectomy went wrong, I bled badly and was sent to the u of m and put back together by a military bleeding specialist. he apparently had to pull my entire tongue outwith a clamp to cauterize the wounds and in so doing f'ed everything else up, I was in the Minnesota boys choir, a pianist/guitarist/vocalist, now i cant sing or keep tone even a little. im so incredibly angry and of coarse reminded of it everyday, now no one will diagnose me with anything, prescribe me anything, or even take a damn x-ray. they all say im good. and very lucky to be alive. after almost bleeding out. yet i wish i was dead. my music is gone and all i have is recordings. im in constant pain and always attempting to adjust my throat because of it with only minor relief some of the time. i can't get disability because i have no diagnosable condition,so i have to work all day like this and deal with it. I've fallen into a great depression and have sought help but nothing is working the problem still exists. I guess my plan is to keep going in until at least one doctor has the balls to fix me or at least cares enough to try. And write a letter to the allina head office explaining my situation and i guess eventually sue if i have to that way i wont have to work in this condition anymore and will be able to buy my own pills screw um.
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replied September 16th, 2011
swallowing click/crackling here also
Hi Brenton,

Sorry to here about your situation. I was rear-ended two months ago and it caused whiplash, and currently I'm experiencing a similar clicking/cracking while swallowing. I'm also musician/singer and just want to say there is always an outlet of some kind; if not singing then playing an instrument. You can't stop a good dedicated musician.
Anyway I've been seeing a chiropractor about it and set appointments with a spine specialist and ENT. I'll keep you updated. Take care.
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replied October 1st, 2011
charlie horse around hyoid and rubbery sound when swallowing
Hi Brenton...I have recently had this lump in the throat feeling...and also like a muscle cramp around my hyoid. The cramping at first was like a charlie horse, alarming but not incredibly painful...probably because of the lack of nerves in the throat. For years I get a cramp under my tongue on the left side like where you feel it when you eat something sour...I have to tilt my head back and swallow and a muscle of somthing pops and I am fine. This just won't go away though! Now, I also have this rubbery sound now like a squeagy(hard to describe sound almost like swallowing air with mouth closed/ internal burp)and air in the throat/fizzy feeling...it feels like a burp is stuck or pop rocks after they have popped. I also have been having an eye twitch. I have researched and found most of the ones above that u mentioned also including cricopharyngeal spasms, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and globus hystericus. The cramping isn't happening as often, but feels alot like the dryness and lump like when u are really upset. I am not sure if all the issues now are because I have been feeling my neck alot and may have dislocated something. I have the same story with the docs and no answer. Said it was acid reflux, and I have had GERD in the past an whole lot worse and it didn't cause these spasms and froggy throat feeling. SSSOOOOooooo frustrating!!
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replied October 19th, 2011
Clicking sensation in throat
I have the same sensation all the time. It doesnt hurt, just really annoying. I have hypothyroidism and my thyroid swells some times, so that is what causes mine. Go have your thyroid checked, because it can be swollen a little and you wont even notice it. Hope this helps.
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replied February 17th, 2012
Throat clicking for 1 month and something stuck in my throat for approx 6 months. Doctors checked everything and said gerd. And stop thinking about it ( anxiety ) my New Doctor checked for h-pylori and it was positive. I'm about half way through the antibiotic cocktail I was prescribed and my throat problems are finally not bothering me anymore.
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replied June 11th, 2012
throat clicking
good to hear that you're your throat clicking is gone.i have throat clicking for 2 months now. sometimes it's really annoying but it goes away once in a while. am going to an ENT this week. so, yours didn't come back at all?thanks (:
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replied November 7th, 2012
Throat Clicking & Painful Swallowing
Hello. I'm very happy to find this thread. I have been having a throat clicking issue for a few years now...very similar to what Alcivar described (if Alcivar is still watching this thread, I would love to hear what you have figured out since you posted). The clicking in my neck/throat is annoying, and can get sore if it goes on for a while. If I push on just the right spot, my throat stops clicking. The more alarming issue for me is that occassionally, often with throat exertion of some type(load singing, yell, etc.), something goes out of line in my throat at the site of the clicking and it hurts to swallow until I can get it popped back in line. I can usually do this by stretching my neck by looking up and around, or sometimes I will push around that area that has something out of line. When this started a couple years ago, I could get my neck back in line quickly/easily, but it is getting out of place more and more often and it is getting harder and harder to get back in line, which is concerning. Afer ENT visit and CAT scan, doctors can't find anything, and primary care doctor doesn't know what the issue is. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate them. Thanks!
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replied March 19th, 2013
Lingering complications after Tonsillectomy issues 10 years ago
For the past ten years, I've had this same thing (clicking sensation when I swallow) mostly while laying down, and only on my left side of throat. Its always been there day and night, but over the past 2 weeks its become significantly more bothersome, and feels like a sore throat, but like its from something rubbing or pulling on my tissue. Its been going on since right after a tonsillectomy-gone-wrong.

About 9 days after my tonsillectomy (~ten years ago) I had that rare complication of post-op bleed, and the night before I was about to return to work, my surgical site started minor bleeding and clotting on the left side. I drove myself to the ER, and as I drove the clot got larger and larger to the point where I had to keep my mouth open. When I arrive they cauterized it, and kept me overnight for observation. At about 4 am it burst open and started bleeding profusely. I filled one of those large pink hospital tubs with gushing blood, emptied it in the sink, and filled it half again with blood -- all while waiting for the nurse to answer my call button. When she arrived, she looked mortified, and she hit some alarm and a bunch of people rushed in. They sent me into emergency surgery to repair and restitch the open wound.

I was in the hospital for a week, and after I was all healed up they told me I almost bled out. The doctor on call also jokingly said they "hog tied" my wound closed with heavy duty stitches that would stay put forever, and there was no way it would ever bleed again.

It sounded reassuring at the time, and fast forward to now, I think it may be what is creating my strange sensation and pain now.

Since the tonsillectomy, I've since always had this weird clicking feeling when I swallow, and a pulling sensation, always to the left side of center -- same place where the tonsillectomy problem and subsequent repair happened.

I also choke very easily while eating and drinking now, which I never did before. This makes it hard to eat in public since I will usually go into a coughing fit. Anything gritty like almonds cause me to cough, so I have to be very careful what I eat. This never occurred before my surgery.

I suspect that there was some traumatic injury during the surgical repair, perhaps from pulling my tongue out, or perhaps from industrial strength stitching up.

The experience of bleeding out and emergency surgery was so emotionally traumatic, that I never followed up with the post op after the first visit. So even though I've had complications, I was so scared of the possibility that I might need a further surgery, so I never went back. Now its been ten years and I'm starting to think about it more from the safety of time and distance.

Recently I've started asked various doctors about the issue with my swallowing, when I'm in for something else, and their answers have ranged from "its just scar tissue" to "probably normal."

In the past 2 weeks there's been a change in that I've had a minor/moderate pain continuously, all day and night. At first I thought I was was getting sick, but after a few days, I realized the pain was different. It was more mechanical like something irritating my throat, not like the start of a cold or flu.

The clicking has much more prominent when I swallow; lately it actually feels like a sharp pinching pain, as if someone snaps a fat rubber band on the left inside of my throat right as I swallow. Or like there is something rubbing against something else in my throat, and the swallowing creates a stuck feeling until it releases and then pops. Very odd.

I have spent some time today researching various things on the internet, and found a few things I'm going to ask my doctor.

Any other thoughts or epiphanies would be welcomed, if anyone has ideas. I'm in no rush, so even if you read this down the road, please still reply.
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replied November 21st, 2013
I'm in your same situation after tonsillectomy (13 years ago). I'm still looking for a diagnosis.

Please, Keep us posted.
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replied December 9th, 2013
Has anyone considered the possibility of a connective tissue disorder like Ehlers-Danlos? I have this condition and I get that rubber band pulling sensation and trouble swallowing too.
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