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Old 10-03-2003, 06:33 AM   #1
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Post Throat clicking when swallowing?!

This is driving me nuts.

For about a month now I have this clicking feeling in my throat when I swallow. The clicking is just to the left of my Adam's apple. It comes and goes in intensity. The more I swallow the worse it gets, and vice versa. The doctor thought it was a bacterial infection, but antibiotics didn't help at all.

The more I pay attention to it, the more it happens. Especially when I deliberately or consciously swallow. It doesn't happen with solids or liquids, but usually when I dry swallow.

Has anyone heard of such a thing? I'm at a loss.

 
Old 10-03-2003, 07:02 AM   #2
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You may be having trouble with your hyoid muscles, which control swallowing and attach to a floating little bone (it's the only bone in the body not directly attached to other bones) at the top of your Adam's Apple called the hyoid bone. Perhaps the ligaments or tendons attaching to this bone are snapping because they aren't moving properly. Anyway, do a search on "hyoid" on the Web and there's a little bit written about it. Ask an ear nose and throat specialist, they probably know more about them. Good luck.

 
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Old 10-03-2003, 07:52 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response! I think that you might have pointed me in the right direction. A few searches on "hyoid" have come up with some good information that seems relevant to my situation. I'm going to discuss this with my doctor and if he doesn't listen I'm going to move on to an ENT.

I also noticed that problems with the hyoid could also be related to TMJ problems, which I also felt that I might be dealing with (ringing in ears, headaches, sore jaw, clenching teeth during sleep).

Thanks again, after about a month of searching around I feel I might finally be on the right track.

 
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Go look in thyroid disorders there is a post about throat clicking which i and others suffer ,post what your ent suggests when you go good luck.

 
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Thanks I'll check that out too. Although I don't currently have any of the other "thyroid" type of symptoms. Also my doctor did a blood test "cervical adenopathy" which came back normal. Would that tell me anything about thyroid issues?

 
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[nevermind] =)

[This message has been edited by lastoria (edited 10-03-2003).]

 
Old 10-03-2003, 02:44 PM   #7
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I dont have a thyroid proplem either i got a post also to check it out,i had my doc check my thyroid and it came back good which is why im curious what you or anyone else can find out what causes this, it also would not hurt for you to have a thyroid test to rule that out.

 
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I am now exploring the possiblity that this swallowing problem could be the result of a trigger point referenced to the Sternocleidomastoid muscle. Particularly I feel that this muscle is tender to the touch and when lightly massaged the swallowing problem seems to be slightly eleviated.

Is this even possible? If I continue to observe this, what type of doctor/specialist should I consult?

 
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