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I'm a 25 year old female and I get a feeling as though there is something stuck in my esophagus/throat, and then every now and then I force out a little burp. But then my thoughts take it away to fearing my throat is going to close up etc...., and panic! I know from some internet searching that it can be a symtpom of gastroesophagal reflux disease. Which is a non-worrisom condition with diet and medication, but has anyone else had this and what could this be otherwise?
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First Helper CorrineSuzette
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replied March 9th, 2006
Hi
Well my probs been with me for a while when u burp does it for a few seconds make the lumpy feeling go away
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replied April 1st, 2006
Lump In Throat
Leahbeans,

know where you are coming from with this feeling of a lump in your throat and the panic associated with it.

Have been experiencing a rough time with this over the passed week.
Been to emergency a couple of times. Felt like I had food stuck in my throat.

Nasopharyngoscopy by an ent specialist revealed that there was no food stuck but there was a large build-up of heavy phlegm.

Have been on robitussin chest congestion cough syrup for a day now. (this is supposed to loosen mucus and phlegm.) this is the syrup that does not supress the cough but helps you to cough so that you can expel the mucus / phlegm.

Also called telehealth (canada only) and a registered nurse suggested that I drink lots of warm fluids, and to run a hot shower and breathe in the humid air to help loosen the phlegm and make it easier to expel.

Nothing beats going to the doctor though. Get yourself checked out.

Hope this helps some.
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replied June 22nd, 2008
something in my throat?
God I hope some one can help me...
I am 28 years old and I have no idea what is happening to me...
I have been sick for about 2 weeks, coughing and just feeling under the weather. A few days ago I woke up in the middle of the night trying to breath and I started weezing and unable well was very difficult to breath in trough my throat, but I could breath out, I has not able to talk either. My husband took me to our Emergency room...They took x-rays of my chest and neck, and said I was very swollen do to coughing, okay that made sense, they gave me a steroid shot and also breathing treatments, and told me a throat and nose doctor would be by to talk to me, okay.....When he came he told me he was going to do a test, by putting a tube down my nose...He did all that and told me to breath, sing and breath. I did, after that he said well you have nothing to worry about all looks well, BUT you have something called, Vocal Cord disfunction, okay what is that I said and what will have to be done, he told me to make an appointment with a Speech therapist, and a psychologist...What the hell????
So I go home, because right away I was released.I get home and I am okay because of the steroid shot, but still thinking well what about tomorrow?
Well here is tomorrow, and I do not fell better, I fell worse, I have a knot in my throat, a ball, a lump, I cough to try to breath. I am scared and I have read some of the forums on here, a stress, or a muscle can really do this to person?
I am not looking forward into months and months of trying to figure out what is wrong with me, I am so scared I have no idea where to go next...I do not have the insurance to go and see the Speech Therapist, and I definitely do not think I am crazy or have it all in my head to go see a psychiatrist..
But I am at a loss, and just want my life and my throat back to normal...
HELP PLEASE.
irina Crying or Very sad
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replied June 24th, 2009
Take 2 advil for now. It seems to reduce the swelling sensation pretty quick. I am in the same boat. My doctor has me on kapidex for suspected acid reflux. So far that has not helped me after 15 days but the advil helps. It really is an aweful feeling however I have not stopped breathing yet. I would think if I was going to I would have by now. Good luck to you and if I come up with anything better on my journey I will let you know.
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replied June 27th, 2009
I feel so sorry foe everyone. I have had a cough for a month and now a feeling of mucus in my throat. It's very frightening. I could cry. I have seen a doctor and several Nurse Practitioners but have no relief. I have had acid reflux for 15 years and have been taking Losec. Now I've been told to take Losec twice a day. i am so fed up and miserable.Nothing helps.
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replied November 10th, 2011
acid reflex - prescriptions 2x a day failed -Coral Calcium works
I'm 24 and was on aciphex for about a year and it stopped working for me. I was then placed on Protonix, then protonix 2x a day and I would still have issues at times. consuming alcohol (though I was never a big drinker) made my reflex flare less than 1/2 an later. I felt like my stomach was full and backed up into my throat. I'm 5'7 130 lbs, I shouldn't have this issue. After a few years of dealing with scripts and they slowly stopped working, I began taking coral calcium (which I started a few months ago). It takes a few weeks to kick in, but IT IS AMAZING! I ran out of my script for about 3 weeks; if I didn't take protonix for 1 day, I was typically in pain and would get reflux from even water. The first day w/o protonix I took about 6 coral calcium pills...think the daily calls for one or two. the consumption decreased through the week and now I take about 2 a day and I am able to have a some drinks here and there. I couldn't believe this actually worked better for me than a prescription. Please try it for at least 2 or 3 weeks. its like 8 bucks at walmart. coral calcium! plus im actually able to grow fingernails now w/i them breaking off.
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replied June 30th, 2009
I think we need to start a club for this condition....I too have had this feeling of something stuck in my throat & chest.I was told I have acid reflux, well took Prevacid to end up getting a rash and was feeling worse,went back on generic Priloc and genric Zantac.Before all of this crap happened,I got really sick with a sinus infection & sore throat,it went into my chest.Ever since then it now hurts like all the time on the R-side of my chest right in my breast bone.This is driving me crazy and my Dr thinks I'm nuts.Nice huh?
If I burp it helps a little but will still hurt.When I was so sick I did cough up mucus from the same area of my chest.....I wonder if all of this is related.Any one have any ideas?I too get panicky.
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replied July 26th, 2011
I know exactly what you mean. Sounds like me to a T, except I had a rib pop out too in a not so flattering lake accident. Heart burn, throat lump, pain in breast bone and the dr. went as far as prescribing xanax and buspar for my craziness. That did help with the panic, but I'm still not breathing right doc, so it wasn't in my head... Let me know how things have worked out for you if you still check on this post.
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replied August 7th, 2012
Lump in throat and pressure under breast bone
I have the same exact symptoms. I am miserable most of the time. I can't get a burp out very easily. I feel like the gas is trapped inside me and putting pressure on me to get out. So I push on my stomach, bend over, etc, try to get the air out. I do have the lump in my throat and a pressure right below my breast bone. I do think the pressure gets worse when I'm stressed. And I have so much gas. I've been on omeprezole, but it doesn't seem to help. It gets old. I'm ready for some relief.
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replied August 7th, 2012
Lump in throat and pressure under breast bone
I have the same exact symptoms. I am miserable most of the time. I can't get a burp out very easily. I feel like the gas is trapped inside me and putting pressure on me to get out. So I push on my stomach, bend over, etc, try to get the air out. I do have the lump in my throat and a pressure right below my breast bone. I do think the pressure gets worse when I'm stressed. And I have so much gas. I've been on omeprezole, but it doesn't seem to help. It gets old. I'm ready for some relief.
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replied December 3rd, 2009
lump in throat too
I am a 27 year old female and am experiencing it now. Lump in the throat feeling... started last night around 10:30 and when I laid down it felt like my throat was closing up more and was afraid to fall asleep because I felt like I wouldn't keep breathing. Went to the dr this morning, panicked, crying and he told me it was just acid reflux and gave me some acid reflux medicine to try out. I took a pill over 7 hours ago and still feel no relief. Last night I was able to burp every once in awhile with a split second relief and then immediately the lump feeling would come back. I couldn't go to work today and am completely miserable. I somewhat feel like I'm not getting enough oxygen down my throat and to my brain. The only reason I feel that way is because I'm slightly disoriented and I feel some tension in my head. I am afraid to eat because I feel like something would get stuck. I'm really read for this to be over. Let me know if anyone has any suggestions on how to make it better. Thanks.
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replied December 3rd, 2009
Are you stressed? If you are, ask your Dr for a Rx for Xanax.It also could be allergies, yes allergies can swell your thraot up terrible.I will choke at night from drainage going down my thraot.I'm suppose to have the acid reflux too and recently it's been better,even ate soem pizza with no pain.I read Dr's prescribe AR meds like crazy,it's a billon $$$$$$ biz an I can tell you stress,allergies an antibiodics can all cuz AR symptoms.
Hope this helps everyone. Smile
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replied December 6th, 2009
I have the exact same thing. Feeling of food or a pill stuck in my throat, when i eat, it feels like the food has to pass by that object. When i burp, it goes away for a second or two, then it comes back. I have pretty severe allergies, and am coming back from (or am in the middle of) a cold. This has me quite worried, as it is a rather annoying thing to have in your throat. If anyone has this and has found out what it is, or just knows what it is, please write me.
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replied March 10th, 2010
Lump in throat
I have all of the same symptoms that all of you are talking about. I am a 32 year old female. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux Disease about 4-5 years ago and have been taking pills for it on & off. I also was diagnosed with anxiety attacks. For the past couple of days, I have felt like I have something stuck in my throat, my chest is very congested, I have a very dry cough, I feel like I have to cough up some phlegm and I can't, I am light-headed, dizzy, sick to my stomach, and feel like I am going to stop breathing. I am unsure what to do about this. I have upped my dosage of acid pills and taken mucinex. I went to see an ENT and he told me it was just acid reflux. I also took some ibuprofen and that helped for a little while but not for long. I am out of ideas. Anyone else have any?
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replied March 10th, 2010
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
I have been researching this, as I have a long history of GERD, ulcers and panic attacks and anxiety.
This is most probably laryngopharyngeal reflux. You usually don't even have heatburn with it, as stomach acid spills over into your esophagus and voice box, but doesn't sit in there long enough to "burn".
Try these tips:
Weight loss, if needed (easier said than done!)
No smoking
No alcohol, especially at night.
Stay away from (as able): Cheese, mints, chocolate, tea, carbonated beverages and caffeine, acidic juices.
Elevate the head of your bed up to 6 inches.
No tight-fitting clothing.
Take over-the-counterAcid reducers/Proton-Pump Inhibitors

There are more tips that I am sure I am forgetting, but look up "laryngopharyngeal reflux" to get more info.
Good luck to all!!
**t**
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replied March 27th, 2010
I read all yo comments, am in the same boat.I have right now a dry cough, tightness in the chest, burping out air.Iam so miserable.don't know what to do.
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replied March 30th, 2010
I am exactly the same too, lump in throat feeling and awful little burps all the time. Just seen GP and he said it was acid reflux, even though I don't have heartburn, and gave me meds (said they will take 2 weeks or so to work). I've got GAD and health anxiety so it could just be that. Have had couple hard weeks at work holding the fort when the boss went on holiday so might be anxiety but can it really be this bad. Of course with having health anxiety I think I've got throat cancer. It helps to read that others are have the same symptoms and they seem to be due to anxiety.
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replied April 26th, 2010
Cricopharyngeal Spasm - With a Lump in the Throat Sensation
Ok so Im basically in the same boat as you all.... I am female, 26 years old from Sydney Australia. I woke up in the middle of the night last week with this terrible feeling of a lump in my throat. I started freaking out and pharmacist told me it was probably just acid reflux/heartburn. So I bought everything off him! zantac, somac, gaviscon and milanta. NOTHING WORKED!!!! The next morning it seemed to be gone, but later in the day it returned and was bad at night. It seems this is the same pattern everyday. When I eat it feels better but comes back shortly after.
I have been googling like crazy and found something I beleive is it. The symptoms are identical.
I have started taking Ativan (a relaxant)which has helped alot. Its also helped to calm the anxiety which increases when we freak out about it. The more anxious we get the bigger the lump will feel!!! But its a bit hard to remain calm when it feels like your being strangled! Anyway this is what i beleive I have.

cricopharyngeal Spasm - With a Lump in the Throat Sensation.

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Information for Patients with a Lump in the Throat Sensation
By James P. Thomas, MD
January 2003

Causes of a Cricopharyngeal Spasm

This syndrome results from a spasm in the cricopharyngeus muscle. It is a self limiting disorder that will resolve on its own. The symptoms are so characteristic that as soon as a patient tells me they have a lump in the throat, I can usually describe all of their symptoms to them.

Symptoms of a Cricopharyngeal Spasm

* Lump in the throat sensation
* Feels like a golf ball, tennis ball
is stuck in my throat
* Feels like my tie is too tight
* Feels like I am being strangled
* My throat feels swollen
* The symptoms can be mimicked by pushing on the cartilage in the neck just below the Adams apple
* The lump comes and goes depending on the day
* Symptoms are usually best in the AM and worse later in the day
* Stress aggravates the symptoms
* Saliva is difficult to swallow yet food is easy to swallow
* Eating, in fact, often makes the tightness go away for a time
* The symptoms are similar to getting choked up at a wedding or a funeral

Why Did I Get a Cricopharyngeal Spasm?
Physiology 101

There are two valves in the esophagus or swallowing tube. They are normally contracted and they relax when you swallow so that food can pass through them going to the stomach. They then squeeze closed again to prevent regurgitation of the stomach contents. If the normal contraction becomes a spasm, like a charlie horse of the calf muscle, these symptoms start. Stress often makes these spasms much worse. Many people have experienced neck tightness when stressed and this is similar. Even if not caused by stress, stress will make the spasm much worse.

A Management Program

An exam of the neck and throat is extemely important to eliminate serious problems. In fact, it enters most peoples minds that a lump in the throat might be a cancer. In practice, real lumps in the throat, such as a cancer, are not felt. It is one of the reasons that a cancer can get so big before it is discovered. It probably is fortunate that we don''t have great sensation in the throat as we would then feel every particle of food, with every meal as it travels down the throat. So lacking great sensation in the throat, problems are a little mysterious there.

Unfortunately, many physicians are not familiar with how symptomatic a cricopharyngeal spasm can be and I often see patients who have been extensively tested with Barium swallows, esophageal endoscopies, pH testing, CT scans, xrays, MRI scans and they all come back normal or possibly with some finding that is completely unrelated to the lump in the throat sensation. Really, just a good exam of the throat, voice box and neck is all that is necessary and it is sufficient as well.

You Should Know the Following

* Just knowing the tightness is not a sign of cancer frequently helps relieve the discomfort.
* You will get better. Often improvement is over several weeks or even a few months, but occurs once one knows what the problem is.
* Warm fluids should comfort the throat. Consider a cup of warm tea when the lump is bothersome.
* If stress lets up, the symptoms improve. Think about what stress might be making this lump worse.
* Muscle relaxants, such as valium, would be a good treatment, except for their addictive properties.

Medication

* I sometimes dispense several valium (perhaps 4) as a test to prove the symptoms are from muscle spasms. I recommend taking one of the Valium on a weekend, when being alert is not important. When the lump occurs, one takes the Valium. Within an hour, there should be significant improvement in the lump sensation. If the symptoms improve after taking the muscle relaxant, then the symptoms are reasonably from a muscle spasm. Again, the knowledge that a muscle relaxant makes a lump disappear can help confirm that the cause of the lump is from a muscle and not an actual lump. I have also tried injections with a local anesthetic, often with good, but temporary results. It does help to confirm in the patients mind, there is the possibility of relief.If a local anesthetic injections helps, I have with inconsistent results injected botulinum toxin into the cricopharyngeus muscle, sometimes with prolonged relief.
* Benefits of managing cricopharyngeal spasm: The symptoms go away.

Hope this helps you all as doctors will just end up telling you your imagining it. I cant live like this and I feel sorry for everyone going through it too.

I need a doctor that will simply refer me on to a speacialist when they dont know what the problem is. Instead of guessing and when they cant find the problem labelling it as "anxiety"!!!

Goodluck guys,

Aub
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replied June 29th, 2011
Yessssssssssssssssssss well done...good on you... I was going to post exactly the same thing.....Im from Melbourne Australia and ended up at a specialist after spending all night in hospital one night and no one getting around to seeing me, so I left once I knew my GP clinic would be open and they fitted me in nearly straight away and when the doctor could not see anything wrong she booked me into a specialist that day....I had all the above symptoms as everybody else.....the specialsit put the camera thru my nasal passage to my throat and checked everything out first....he said everything was fine....once he was happy there were nothing sinister he told me exactly what that article above says.....he said he often gets calls from patients panicking and he says to them, when you get busy or have a couple of beers do you still notice it....they always say no that once their mind is busy or they r relaxed that they dont notice it.....a warm drink can help the muscles that r spasming....it does go away....stress definitely can bring it on....I'm feeling it at the moment and I have not had it for a long time, and at the moment I am under stress due to a death in the family....I only came on here cos I couldnt remember if lots of burping was also part of it....because I couldn't remember doing that last time I had it....as long as you know there is nothing physically wrong with you... I promise it is all going to be fine.....relax...try warm drinks....it does go away...I was very lucky that I have the doctor I do and that I ended up with the specialist I did....good luck all.
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replied July 13th, 2011
how long was it before yours went away? i've had mine for months now with no signs of subsiding.
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replied July 13th, 2011
when you say you have had it for months...have you found in that time that you don't notice it all the time, and that at times it seems worse than at other times???
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replied September 30th, 2011
That describes my symptoms, and I've had them for a whole year... I also recently developed another "stress" disorder... central Serous Retinopathy.

The only problem is I'm not stressed. I've got not problems except the above, and my life rocks.
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replied January 24th, 2012
This may offer relief as well
Also wanted to share this other site that I found along with the site that you found...your research helped greatly and this may also help some others,

http://www.entandallergy.com/vas/services/ voice_disorders_visit.php

http://www.voicedoctor.net/content/lump
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replied May 13th, 2010
I've had this off and on over the past few years, and recently was diagnosed with acid reflux. I don't have any medical confirmation on this yet, but I am believing this to be the cause.
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replied May 24th, 2010
lump throat feeling
This is crazy. I too have some of these symptoms.

I played football on a Sunday a few weeks ago and after that went out drinking all day and night (very silly and not a normal habit) I woke up Monday morning feeling the normal hungover type symptoms so set about drinking fluids. On the tuesday I still felt rubbish so took some nurofen liquid ibrurofen tablets. By accident I bit one and then swallowed the 2 pills, few moments after felt a burning sensation working up my chest to my throat.

Since then I have had a lump like feeling in my throat, the lump feels like food is stuck and moved about. Scared, I panicked and found that made it worse. So I went to the doctors told them what had happened and I was worried about oy and she said it sounds like acid reflux. I don't have the burning, but do have the feeling of a liquid travelling back up to my throat and a slight burning feeling in my throat. These symptoms are worse at night following a meal or when had a cup of tea.

reading your post have helped, especially the one not to eat chocolate, tea, juices etc as I do all that. Also the stress part is playing a big role in making it worse.

My best time of the day is when waking up, maybe as I have been relaxed and the throat has too.

My advise is go to doctor get checked out, that will ease your mind its nothing serious. Rest, have a week off work to relax. Diet, remove acidic foods like juice, oranges, alcohol, tea coffee, chocolate, burgers, any spicy food. Do eat veg, apples banana, chicken, bread (in moderation as it swells) pasta. Don't eat too much, eat little and often to train your stomach to process food faster meaning less time in stomach and less chance to work back up. Drink a litre of water a day throughout the day and don't have a pint at a time. Small regular drinks are the best.
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replied May 29th, 2010
A 23 year old woman in the same boat here

I too have this lump feeling it started about a week ago after me complaining of awful heartburn went doctors acid reflux, tried some gastro tabs didnt help so doctor put me on ibs tabs i alreaedy know i have ibs but doctor said it would help so started these three days later i take my lunch time tab and it feels like its stuck,

Thouhgt nothing of it as i normally have this prob with tabs just drank lots of water,

But now a week later its sttill feels like theres a lumg in my throat only when i have a slight burp does it go for about 3 mins , really wierd as i dont normally burp anyway

Anyone with a few ideas really welcome i still get the bad breastbone pain aswell that i was getting befor
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replied June 6th, 2010
Anxiety???
I have the same problem, I feel like I have a lump in my throat, almost as if I have hairs in my throat.
Also I am constantly swallowing as a result I swallow lots of air which makes me burp and feel uncomfortabe, strangly the burping relieves it a bit.
I have pain in my chest and back between my shoulder blades, no apetite, I have taken omeprozole for ages and live on gaviscon, but it is not getting any better, I feel tired and unrested.
My GP says I suffer from anxiety, which is probably true as I have had a lot of stress recently, my daughter was diagnosed with esophegeal cancer, after radical surgery we were told she had a T1 and was expected to make a full recovery, so why do I still fell this way ?.
After what she has been through I feel guilty even being concerned about my health.
I need some support or help if I'm not well metally as it feels very real to me, I feel so ill all the time.
My GP is wonderful and is confident it is all psychosomatic.
Any helpful advice would be welcome I just want to feel well again.
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replied June 21st, 2010
All the same with a dry cough!!!
What about all the above mentioned symptoms with a chronic cough.

I'm 34yrs old femail. I too have gone through everything mentioned, with one exception! I have had a chronic dry cough for just over 2 years. I have had chest x-rays, lung function tests & all clear. I also have an under-active thyroid but my thyroid is of normal size (as I thought maybe this was the lump in my throat - NOT so). Currently I take Somac (for last 2 weeks, not sure if helping or not) & oroxin hormone (for last 7 months). That's all apart from the odd multi-vitamin & panadol.

I believe my cough started during a time I was heavily stressed when my daughter was in hospital & I was in with her, we were moved to the respiratory ward during this time. I thought I picked something up here....but 2 years down the track cannot seem to get rid of the dry cough. I have had ENT specialists check, respiratory specialists check, 2 x GP's as well! Sooo frustrating!

Maybe now I am so used to the cough that I just do it out of habit... Can this happen?

If anyone or any Doctors out there have some further solutions or ideas? The main thing that is really bothering me is the cough...

Please help!!
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