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17 months ago I got the Flu. Afterwards I had an uncomfortable feeling in the back of my throat: hard to swallow, constant constriction, feeling like choking and restricted breething. Felt like a lump of "peanut butter" always stuck in the back of my throat. No mucus, no sore throat, no coughing. Comes and goes (mostly comes), never completely symption free. Have seen ENT, GP, Oral Surgeon. Test include Barium Swallow, MRI, many blood and urine tests, nasal and throat scopes. Nothing found. Stress suggested. Also Acid reflux. All meds given for above "possible causes" provide no relief. Quality of life is terrible. Sleep apnea ruled out. At night, in order to sleep comfortably I have to lay on face to have my tongue fall forward for comfort (not to breathe). Current medications: Wellbutrin (450mg) I have stopped all vitamins and OTC meds. I also seem to get more migraines, and when I take Imitrex to help those the throat problems lessen?? Any suggestions? Thank You


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replied May 12th, 2010
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Thanks for using this forum...

Almost all tests have been done for your throat with all normal results..If you feel some constriction and pulsations in the throat as if sudden pressure is there then there is one last thing to do.SOmetimes a loop of vessel from rch of aorta presses upon esophagus leading to these types of discomfort..mostly they can be picked up on barium but if still doubt persists an CT angiogrphy at times may reveal its presence..you can discuss with your surgeon about the possibility...

take care...


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