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buffychick
07-20-2013, 05:26 PM
Hi Everyone!

I've been having a very unpleasant feeling going on with my neck, and I was wondering if anyone could relate.

A little history on me: I've been experiencing stomach soreness/heaviness/fullness for the past few months. My doctor thinks this is contributed to GERD. I do have acid reflux quite often, (although sometimes it is silent) and I'm currently on Align probiotics and 60mg of Dexilant daily. I just had a GI consult, and I'm going for an upper endoscopy/colonoscopy in a few weeks. I'm 30, about 20lbs overweight, but otherwise healthy.

I've already had a barium swallow that showed no esophageal strictures, or narrowing - and was negative for anything else stomach-wise. I've been tested for Celiac Disease, and had a food allergy panel that ruled out any reactions to milk, soy, eggs and wheat.

For the past 2 weeks or so, I've had this awful pressure on my throat. It feels like someone is actually pressing down on my trachea. When I swallow, I have this HUGE globulus sensation, and it feels really thick with mucus. I can still swallow food and drink OK, but the pressure feeling is absolutely horrible! Somtimes it feels like my soft palate is relaxing, or I'm being choked from the inside (I might not be describing this properly) I've also noticed that if I don't drink anything for a while my throat will get extremely dry. Luckily, this is not affecting my airway - and I can breathe ok when this happens, but it's still a very scary experience.

I've looked up CRICOPHARYNGEAL SPASMS, and it fits most of my symptoms exactly, except for the fact that I don't have any anxiety! I don't understand how this could be the only symptoms I'm having. I've had panic attack's in my early 20's and I know what they feel like. When I'm having my throat symptoms, I'm totally calm - that is the only issue that I'm having.

I've also read that acid can be very irritating to the throat, so I wonder if I have some form of Esophagitis. My doctor said that my throat issue is either GERD related or anxiety, and prescribed me Ativan and Xanax - both of which I'm hesitant to take, because I don't like taking any medications unless absolutely necessary, but I will try if it will provide some relief.

My symptoms are pretty much 24/7 to one degree or another. It waxes and wanes, and I can't seem to pinpoint what exacerbates this or not. I haven't been eating or drinking anything out of the ordinary, and haven't had any recent life stressors.

Has anyone had success treating this? Or has anyone found that taking a low dose anti-anxiety medication has helped with these symptoms?
I am absolutely desperate - any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! I feel like this is starting to affect my life, and I start school in August (I'm a nursing student and finishing up my last semester) I need this to feel better NOW!

Thank you so much! I will do ANYTHING to make this feel better!

winghall
07-21-2013, 12:30 AM
My GI told me that small dosage Elavil (25mg) helps with throat stricture/pressure. You might like to discus this with your doctor.

solofelix
07-21-2013, 11:03 AM
Hi,

Lump at the back of the throat, throat pressure and difficulty swallowing can relate to Gerd. I have had the same myself.
Did your Dr recommend anything for Gerd. Generally a PPI such as (Nexium) is prescribed.
I'm sure anxiety could cause similar symptoms but so can Gerd and you need treatment for that.
Maybe your Dr wants to see if it is anxiety before he treats you for Gerd.
I wish you well,

Solofelix.

frankm000
07-21-2013, 04:50 PM
This may sound weird but I have similar symtoms as you. My pressure is gone when I take Cetirizine hcl which is generic for Zyrtec. Please try it and let me know your results. All my throat pressure is gone although if I over eat before bed it still comes back up.

Yellow84
07-23-2013, 10:49 PM
I too agree with frankm000 I had similar symptoms...thought i had something to do with gerd I kept taking prilosec and zantac with no help. Felt better when I took Zyrtec then one day I went in to the doctor and she saw fluid in my ears due to allergies. I didn't have any of the regular allergy symptoms so I was in disbelief. But I let her give me an allergy shot and in a couple of days all the throat symptoms disappeared.

solofelix
07-24-2013, 01:52 AM
I too agree with frankm000 I had similar symptoms...thought i had something to do with gerd I kept taking prilosec and zantac with no help. Felt better when I took Zyrtec then one day I went in to the doctor and she saw fluid in my ears due to allergies. I didn't have any of the regular allergy symptoms so I was in disbelief. But I let her give me an allergy shot and in a couple of days all the throat symptoms disappeared.


This is not unusual.
ENT are all connected, hence a problem in one can manifest itself in another.
Anti-Histamines or Allergy shots are likely to work in either the Ears, Nose or Throat.
Glad you got a good result,

Solfelix.

buffychick
07-25-2013, 09:33 AM
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your comments and suggestions! I took the Xanax, and did nothing for my throat, it just made me feel spaced out and kind of lethargic.

However, I stopped by the local drugstore to pick up some Gaviscon tablets, and for the first time in WEEKS, my throat is almost back to normal! I am ecstatic!!!!!

They kind of explode in your mouth and form a plug at the base of your stomach - - - I still feel a slight burning in my throat, but the pressure, feeling of my throat closing, and huge globus feeling is almost GONE! :angel:

Please try these if you haven't already! I think they are a lifesaver!!!! I am now convinced that my issue isn't anxiety. If it was, I'm pretty sure the Xanax would have taken care of it.

PS - I didn't like the side effects of Dexilant (a PPI) so I switched over to an ATC Zantac. I have my scope on August 7th, so I hope that I can get this diagnosed and FIXED!