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My name is Kevin, I am 29 years old. Over the last week I have had a feeling of a lump in my throat on the left side in the back, the feeling is above my Addams apple and just below my jaw. I would say just above my hyoid bone. I feel minor discomfort in this area but I wouldn't describe it as pain. There appears to be ever so slight swelling on the left side... But my lymph nodes don't feel swollen to the touch. My Girlfriend is a nurse, and she also feels as though no lymph nodes are swollen but she can also see the minor bulge when I tilt my head upwards and swallow.

It doesn't hurt to swallow or eat food/drink. I don't have a fever or sore throat, or changes in weight or appetite. I just have this lump feeling.

This feeling has been going on unchanged for 10 days now.

I am otherwise in good health. Last physical and blood test was all normal about 5 months ago. I take no Rx medication. I have an allergy to nickel.. I have minor heartburn from time to time, but it rarely flares up and OTC medication takes care of it when it does flare up.

I do not smoke cigarettes now, I quit cigarettes 5 years ago after smoking for 5 years. I do still smoke marijuana however, especially on weekends.

Could I have cancer? I'm very scared. I'm not sure of any other conditions this could be besides something serious. I'm far from home right now and can't see a DR for about a week.

Pls anyone help
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First Helper Kevdood83
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replied January 7th, 2013
I just got back from the ENT.

She did a Laryngoscope down my nose into my throat, she also looked in my ears, mouth etc.

Fortunately she said everything looked normal, pink, and healthy. No cancer looking bumps, lumps or cysts! Phew!

She said the feeling of a lump was likely due to acid reflux, and prescribed me a months worth of 40mg Omeprazole. She also said to stop coffee, fatty an spicy food for a few weeks, and that likely to lump sensation would go away. She said only after this time should I resume occasional coffee and spicy food.

I guess there is not much else to say… I just wanted to come back and type up a response since usually people coming on forums like this one who asked questions like this never seem to respond.
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replied January 21st, 2013
Nice post Kevin. I have the same symptoms. I have a small haetus hernia which causes reflux and am on omazepram too. I stopped drinking coffee, drank more water and laid off the spices and the Lump feeling went away. Now I am enjoying coffee again it is sneaking back. Looks like I am back on tea! I had a throat camera too last year whilst i was having the sensation and had the same "all clear" results. Maybe we are just gonna have too put up with it every now and then. Diet, diet, diet is the answer I guess.
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replied February 2nd, 2013
Hey BazzaB,

I'm sorry to hear you're going through the same thing. I still can't believe how real the lump feels, before seeing that ENT I would have sworn there was actually a lump growing in my throat. It's comforting to have had the camera in my throat and to know the lump feeling is just a sensation caused by LPR acid reflux. I still have no other symptoms or any traditional heartburn feelings of burning... Just the lump feeling.

It has been just about a month of taking Omeprazole... and unfortunately I still feel like there is a lump. I'm not sure how long it will take to go away.

-I have been taking the pill each morning 30 mins before eating.
-I'm off coffee and spicy food, onto green tea.
-I have reduced alcohol and marijuana big time
-I no longer eat within 2-3 hours before laying down for bed

So far the lump is still there. Sad

I'm not sure how long it will take to go away.

If it hasn't improved after 6 weeks since I saw the ENT I'm going back. (Like I said its been 4 weeks so far)

Either way ill update this thread. (In case ppl google their symptoms and find this thread, I want to post my resolution. I hate how often people post their problems on-line but never come back to say what happened.)

-Kev
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replied February 10th, 2013
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I also feel like i have a lump in my throat, or a swollen throat. No pain and I can eat normally. It's really distressing. I also feel like my throat is sticking together when lying in bed. My throat is drier than normal. My doc said it's anxiety or an allergy but I don't think so. Want to get it investigated but don't know how. It's really worrying. Will try a change of diet as suggested by others.
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replied February 11th, 2013
Hey rox74,

Most likely your DR is right. From what I have learned from dealing with this issue, either anxiety or various types of 'heartburn' are very common causes of feeling of a lump in the throat.

To be sure (and for peace of mind) I would see an ENT doctor if you have the means and things do not improve in a week or two.

I also feel like I have a lump in my throat. I also get occasional 'stiffness' in the throat, as well as dryness at night especially. I was told this is an effect of my LPR reflux.

Like I said… If that lump feeling doesn't go away after a couple weeks you should see an ENT. It doesn't hurt to be sure!

I know I'm going back to the ENT if my lump sensation does not resolve, it's been just over a month and I am almost out of the pills she gave me. I'll be sure to come back and post when I see the DR.
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replied February 28th, 2013
Just an update to this thread I started a while back:

It has been 2 months now of a lump sensation on the left side of my throat.

I just returned from the ENT's office after having a 24 hour pH test done last week. It was the test where they insert a catheter through your nose that hangs down into your throat and has a sensor on it that records the acidity in your throat. This sensor sends that info to a computer you hang around your neck that records the findings for a 24 hour period.

Apparently I failed the test miserably and had numerous acid reflux events throughout the night. My DR said each acidic event is assigned a value and they add up your "score" to determine how bad your reflux is. A normal score is 9. Someone with mild to moderate reflux would be a 50-100.

My score was 247!

So I guess I have LPR pretty bad. Also she went over my Laryngoscopy results again, and reiterated how she found no lumps/tumors/cancers etc. But that the base of my larynx/pharynx which connects to my esophagus looked red and inflamed. This is what originally made her suspect acid reflux. She also said my complete lack of other symptoms clued her in as well.

I did mention again that I had a slight bulge in my throat just above and left of my Adams Apple when I tilted my head up an swallowed. She asked me to show her, and she kind of chuckled and said "that's your submandibular saliva gland, that's supposed to be there." She said "here let me show you can feel the same bump on the other side."

She doubled my Rx. I am now to take 40mg of Omeprazole 2 times a day. Each morning and night before dinner. Originally I was only taking 1 each day in the morning.

Anyway, I'm happy I don't have cancer, and I sure hope this gets better soon. I go see her again in 4-6 weeks. Hopefully by then I'm feeling better.

If you have LPR too, I know how much it sucks!! Hang in there!!

-Kev
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replied March 27th, 2013
Just an update:

Its been about 3 months now, still getting a lump sensation on the left side of my throat when swallowing. Also sometimes my throat gets very dry at night, but only in that spot. And I can feel the lump sensation more now than before.

I still have no swollen lymph nodes, or sore throat, or fevers/sweats, or changes in appetite or weight. etc etc.

My DR switched me to Protonix (pantraprazole) 40mg twice a day. She also put me on Nortriptyline 10mg each day, which I guess helps to calm aggrivated nerves. I guess the "vagus nerve" in the neck can get aggrivated and cause a lump sensation when swallowing.

She is also sending me for a CT scan as a precaution.

*fingers crossed*
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replied April 3rd, 2013
Hey Everyone,

I just got the results of my CT scan, and thank the Lord, everything looked completely normal.

At this point I guess I am done updating this thread, after all this testing it is confirmed nothing serious ( like cancer ) is wrong with my throat. It's just annoying acid reflux. ( LPR reflux )

I still feel a lump sensation on the left side when swallowing, and I still feel like there is a dry spot in my throat at night while sleeping in the exact spot where I feel this "lump."

But since the CT scan was normal, and since my PH results showed high acid reflux in my throat, it's safe to say this lump sensation is simply LPR reflux.

I will continue taking the Nortriptyline and Pantraprazole. I will also continue my new diet and keep the bricks to elevate my bed. Not eating before 3 hours of laying down helps too. From what I have read and from what my Dr. told me it could take months for the aggrivated throat tissue to go back to normal.

I hope anyone who is freaking out about possibly having throat cancer due to a "lump in the throat" feeling finds this thread. The lump sensation really made me nervous at first, and I was fearing the worst. But if you have no other symptoms and no swollen lymph nodes, you probably dont have cancer.

Regardless, always go to a Dr. to be sure! Better safe than sorry!

Woohoo no Cancer!
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replied August 28th, 2013
Thank you VERY much for updating with all your visits/results. It is comforting to read!
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replied September 3rd, 2013
I find that following the acid reflux diet is really challenging for me. I get home late from work, so eating late is a problem. I was told to take my acid reflux medicine 2 hours before a meal.I have succeeded in giving up caffeine. Hard to gargle with warm salt water. Any suggestions for me?
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replied September 3rd, 2013
I find that following the acid reflux diet is really challenging for me. I get home late from work, so eating late is a problem. I was told to take my acid reflux medicine 2 hours before a meal.I have succeeded in giving up caffeine. Hard to gargle with warm salt water. Any suggestions for me?
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replied September 27th, 2013
Kevin I have had the same thing for three months. Went to gastric doctor he said ulcers after a scope. Put me I've the same thing. Guess what still have that feeling mine got so bad I couldn't swallow anything not even spit. Lost 60lb thank God I had it to lose lol. But I went to an ent and he said what you and I were taking is the lowest of lowest acid reducers and it only works during the meals you take it before. So he put me on a new medicine that they just made a year ago it is Dexilant 60 mg the best thing about it is its one pill for all day and I have only been on it three days and I feel the difference already. I would ask about this it seems to be going in the right direction for me
If it doesn't he taking my tonsils but I don't think that will be happening here. Good luck to you I know how it makes someone feel hang in there.
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replied August 4th, 2013
Guys, thanks for a very helpful thread. I don't usually like driving myself crazy doing searches online but a trip to the gp didn't explain much and I've been booked for an ENT, only it won't be until April 2014.lol. All the private ones are also booked up at least 10 days and all cost upwards of 250usd.

I've been experiencing similar symptoms and I also have had GERD in the past. I've had no GERD symptoms in the past year or so except for the occasional acidic stomach feel after a night of drinking.

My question is do any of you still actively experience or go through GERD symptoms along with the throat lump feeling and dryness?
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replied August 7th, 2013
I have diffculty in hearing for about 9 months already,it’s like something clogged in. Sometimes it’s painful. 4 months later,I felt a lump in my neck. It is painful too and it irritates me.Can’t sleep at night. I feel very exhausted and always tired. Don’t know what to do. Nobody knows my sickness. I am so scared. Please help me. I went to a doctor before but he said everything is normal. But I know it’s not.
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replied August 9th, 2013
The problem you are facing is not totally cured. I suggest you to visit a recognized ENT health care. If you live somewhere in USA near Chicago visit ChicagoENT, there a group of finest ear specialists can cure your problem by using auditory brainstem system.
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replied August 22nd, 2013
i have a lump on the right side on my throat.. i can only feel it from the outside... i dont have acid reflux. going to doc on wednesday. noticed it for 2 weeks now.. .it does not hurt. nor does it get in the way of eating. am nervous, but after reading this feed, i feel better.
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replied September 3rd, 2013
Hi,
I am new to this forum and here is my story :
About a year in a half ago my lingual tonsils nightmare started. In may of 2012 I began having chronic sore throat pain. After months of negative strep throat cultures and no throat infection noted on a regular exam from my General Practioner I was referred to an ENT. On my first visit he scoped my throat and said I had tonsilitis, I said I don't have tonsils, I had them removed when I was six. Well then he explained what lingual tonsils were. He also diagnosed me with acid reflux. I was confused cause I never had any heartburn or signs of reflux. Well that was August of 2012. By December my infections were getting worse despite antibiotics and acid reflux meds and acid reflux diet. So surgery was decided. My ENT lasered them down and drained the infection out.it helped for a short time. But now here it is August 2013, and feel like I am back at square one. Have had more infections and have to be on Levoquin, an antibiotic for those who don't respond to other antibiitics. I have also been diagnosed recently with Hypothyroidism. Is there a correlation between them? Don't know? Maybe. So now I also have chronic ear pain. I mostly have trouble with left side of my throat and ear. Go to the ENT tomorrow. I know
that removing the lingual tonsils is dangerous. Some of you may not know that the lingual tonsils are not encapsulated and lay up against major arteries. So the danger is bleeding. I have to say though I am considering, cause this constant pain and sickness is really affecting every aspect of my life.
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replied September 13th, 2013
Hi lingualtonsilnightmare!

I think you should try some latest techniques like Comprehensive audiological evaluations, Acoustic immittance, Otoacoustic emission testing, Auditory brainstem testing. Because ear problems may cause a greater issue for future.
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replied September 13th, 2013
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Its been two weeks already that I've had this feeling as if something is stuck in n
My throat. It literally started feeling as if I had a hair stuck in there and the next day it was kind of gone all of a sudden I started feeling like I had something stuck in there. So after a few days of it not going away I am convinced something is growing back there. I am so freaked out I made and appointment with an ent specialist and a part of ne wants to go but another part of me is terrified of going. Im 19 about to be 20 years old I have a 1 year old daughter and honestly im so scarred that it can be sonething serious because my daughter needs me and lately ive been feelibg like a bad parent cause ive been stressing too nuch about this. Usually when i eat it makes me feel better for a while. And i will add that lately ive been gettibg bad heartburns.and ive been super tired but i honestly think the tiredness is comibg from the stress. After reading these posts it makes me feel better but at the same time I'm scared. Please pray for me. I'd appreciate it. I'm just so worried
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replied September 13th, 2013
stuck in tgroat feeling
Its been two weeks already that I've had this feeling as if something is stuck in n
My throat. It literally started feeling as if I had a hair stuck in there and the next day it was kind of gone all of a sudden I started feeling like I had something stuck in there. So after a few days of it not going away I am convinced something is growing back there. I am so freaked out I made and appointment with an ent specialist and a part of ne wants to go but another part of me is terrified of going. Im 19 about to be 20 years old I have a 1 year old daughter and honestly im so scarred that it can be sonething serious because my daughter needs me and lately ive been feelibg like a bad parent cause ive been stressing too nuch about this. Usually when i eat it makes me feel better for a while. And i will add that lately ive been gettibg bad heartburns.and ive been super tired but i honestly think the tiredness is comibg from the stress. After reading these posts it makes me feel better but at the same time I'm scared. Please pray for me. I'd appreciate it. I'm just so worried
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replied September 13th, 2013
Its been two weeks already that I've had this feeling as if something is stuck in n
My throat. It literally started feeling as if I had a hair stuck in there and the next day it was kind of gone all of a sudden I started feeling like I had something stuck in there. So after a few days of it not going away I am convinced something is growing back there. I am so freaked out I made and appointment with an ent specialist and a part of ne wants to go but another part of me is terrified of going. Im 19 about to be 20 years old I have a 1 year old daughter and honestly im so scarred that it can be sonething serious because my daughter needs me and lately ive been feelibg like a bad parent cause ive been stressing too nuch about this. Usually when i eat it makes me feel better for a while. And i will add that lately ive been gettibg bad heartburns.and ive been super tired but i honestly think the tiredness is comibg from the stress. After reading these posts it makes me feel better but at the same time I'm scared. Please pray for me. I'd appreciate it. I'm just so worried
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replied September 19th, 2013
Two days ago when I woke up in the morning, I felt my throat is stuck hard. I am feeling uncomfortable while swallowing something, eating hard foods. I have tried a lots of medicines but they are not working properly. Today I will go for a popular ENT center named Chicagoent to discuss about my problems. Hope I will be cured soon. Thank you.
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replied June 18th, 2014
Hello there. I came up with this trade because I'm feeling the same as Kevin and others who talked above.
It started in October and still lasts until now, June 2014. Almost 9 months with this thing, a feeling of something stuck in the left side of the throat, above adam's apple but below the chin and right next the hyoid bone, that feels better as Kevin told by eating!!! and I also feel some dryness in that point and feel the need to drink water, I would almost swear I have something here but Laryngoscopy and 2 CT scans have showed nothing but normal results. I am tired of going to the ENT who keeps telling me that I have a perfect pink mucosa, after looking tons of times my mouth.
Also, I've sporadical ear pain in the left side but constant ringing in the right side (I don't really know if it is related with the left side).

If Kevin would post an update (or anyone who has been through this for a while) it would be great because I'm scared as hell!

Because of this, my family and friends keep saying i'm paranoid and this is all anxiety but I feel anxiety only because this thing doesn't go away! I started to be anxious because of this, this didn't start because of it, of that I'm sure!

I will hopefully waiting for some help !

Thanks
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replied July 29th, 2014
I would like to thank the folks at the beginning of this post... it was quite helpful. I too am overly sensitive as my father died of non hodgkin's lymphoma. But I think it must be the re-flux. I will research some natural remedies and try to go off coffee! much appreciate the time to share...
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