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Old 04-01-2005, 08:04 AM   #1
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Sore neck muscle / golf ball feeling in throat

Hello everyone, first of all I hope I have submitted this in the right forum.

For the past three weeks I have been suffering from an "annoying" problem. This problem consists of the following.

- Sore Neck Muscles on the left side (right side has been fine)
- A lumpy fealing in the throat, like your all "choked" up.
- Mild difficulty dry swallowing, but I can eat anything with NO discomfort.
- No blood in saliva, no lumps detected (by me, fyi, but I am no doctor, and there are a few things in the throat anyways), no ear aches or any other "cancer" symptoms.
- No weight loss.


** Some other things. **
- Warm liquids help the throat
- Advil (ibuprofin) gives a good amount of relief to the neck muscles
- I feel great waking up in the morning. Just like normal.
- Last weekend, worked hard painting, moving, and doing other home repairs. By Sunday evening, even though the body was tired, my neck seemed fine.
- Thinking about it seems to make it worse!?!?


** And finally some other things, external **.
- I am a programmer, aka, desk jockey who has been sitting at a desk for the past two months that I did not feel comfortable at (keyboard drawers are evil). I have just moved to one this week that I know is better (keyboard on desk is good!). Still, I have never had any issues like carpotunnel, neck pain, etc. Even no eye strain (I do have 20/12 vision, I give the Hubble Telescope a run for its money).

- Stress? Ya, I have some. Wife is expecting our first baby (I am thrilled actually, and this was planned), and I have been working like a mad man trying to get the basement finished (and I will add, stressing some). On a side note, stress seems to affect me without me actually know I am stressing.

I "would" like this just to be a stress related situation in combination with bad seating at work, but, I have to make sure.

Have made a doctors appointment for Monday, so don't need that to be told to me. So, anyone else ever have something like this? Anyone every have neck problems and symtoms of sitting at a less-then-suitable workstation area?

 
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Old 04-01-2005, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: Sore neck muscle / golf ball feeling in throat

Both the sensation of a lump in your throat plus the neck issues sound truly like stress and tension.
Regarding the throat, check out "globus hystericus". Or "globus sensation". It's a sensation that resembles the normal reaction of being "choked up" during events which cause grief, or even happiness. It's more common that you'd think. Some people don't feel choked up but actually feel there's a lump in their throat.
It's most likely to occur during times of extreme stress when the whole body feels tense. Your neck muscles are probably in a chronic state of tension too.

When you see the doctor, if he/she doesn't tell you it's a globus reaction, I'll eat my hat!

zuzu xx

 
Old 04-02-2005, 06:13 AM   #3
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Re: Sore neck muscle / golf ball feeling in throat

Have you had your thyroid checked? It could be a nodule or a goiter. I have a nodule on the left side of my throat and my neck muscle is always tight and sore.

 
Old 04-03-2005, 10:37 PM   #4
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Re: Sore neck muscle / golf ball feeling in throat

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Originally Posted by zuzu8
Both the sensation of a lump in your throat plus the neck issues sound truly like stress and tension.
Regarding the throat, check out "globus hystericus". Or "globus sensation". It's a sensation that resembles the normal reaction of being "choked up" during events which cause grief, or even happiness. It's more common that you'd think. Some people don't feel choked up but actually feel there's a lump in their throat.
It's most likely to occur during times of extreme stress when the whole body feels tense. Your neck muscles are probably in a chronic state of tension too.

When you see the doctor, if he/she doesn't tell you it's a globus reaction, I'll eat my hat!

zuzu xx
Pretty close :-)

Yep .. went to the doctor. Was asked if I had one of a zillion symptoms. All were no. In fact all she perscribed to me was to take it ez. Cut back on the caffiene, organize ones self, get done with the simple tasks first and relax.

I do have another appointment with a nose, throat, ear doctor tomorrow just to be dam sure about this though. Right now I feel as if I could cancel it, but my wife, being a nurse said if I don't go, that I will have a real reason to be visiting a doctor!

But this entire weekend I did not take it easy, I worked my rear end off getting done with tasks that have been running around in my head. Wow .. amazing. No neck pains, and no lump in the throat. I have felt "shots" of pain here and there, but I suppose when you muscles have been so tight for weeks, they are really tender and sore.

What the doctor thought it was [URL=http://www.voicedoctor.net/therapy/cps.html]Cricopharyngeal spasm[/URL] . But after taking a look at globus hystericus it could just as well be that also. In fact, they look very similar.

So tonight, with spring upon us, I went out for a jog, something that I have failed to do in quite awhile. I feel great.

Simply amazing, that your "body" reacts this way when your mind is moving so fast. And as I said, I am not worried about money, having my first child, or anything like that. Just the simple things like getting property tax payed, doing taxes, finishing basement, etc can do this to a person.

So, no .. you do not need to eat your hat, otherwise you will REALLY have a lump in your throat!

Thxs all ...

 
Old 04-04-2005, 01:30 AM   #5
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Re: Sore neck muscle / golf ball feeling in throat

Viffer,
Whew...so glad I don't have to chomp on my hat.
It's interesting about that lump sensation...I've had it occasionally over the years..My GP said it was "globus" , but recently my ENT used the term "cricopharyngeal spasm" ( what a show off!).

Yep, it sure is amazing how our bodies somatize stress.

Your wife, wise woman, is right. Go see the ENT, just to be absolutely positively sure, or rather, reassured that you're FINE.

zuzu xx

 
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