For three weeks now, i have had the feeling of a lump in my throat. Its a strange and annoying feeling. At times it feels as though its at the back of my throat, other times deeper in my throat and still other times, i feel it strongly on the left side. I went to my dr and he did some test. I had other symptoms of thyroid so thought perhaps it was related to that. Got my levels back today and they were a little over 6. My dr usually doesnt treat unless its 8 or above but since i am having symptoms he put me on a low dose medication. I havent started medication yet as i only went today. He felt my throat and scheduled a CAT SCAN for me next week.He also took a chest xray although im not sure why of that. He personally beleives its from stress but i highly doubt that as i dont feel stressed..no more than usual. Its just a bizarre feeling. At night when i lay on my stomach the pillow touching my neck is uncomfortable for me. The lump feeling comes and goes but its been steady for three weeks now. Has anyone on this message board had any of the same symptoms that i am having..can anyone shed some light on this or share their experience with me. Right now i am at a loss. I find it so hard to beleive its simply stress..it just feels as though something is wrong. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
It's not "all in your head"... It's in your neck! I've had the "lump" feeling on and off for at least 15 years. Have it today, as a matter of fact. Stress is the diagnosis doctors are apparently taught to give when they don't want to treat a person, or when haven't got a clue about thyroid disease.
You clearly have an enlargement of some kind in your thyroid gland [which is why the "lump" feeling is there], or else he wouldn't have ordered the imaging tests. Plus, your TSH of 6 would be treated by an enlightened doctor who knows how to treat thyroid disease. Many, many people who have hypothyroidism have had to change doctors several times before they finally were taken seriously. I recommend you consider doing that if yours continues to prefer that you remain sick. You have symptoms and an elevated TSH. That's reason enough to be treated.
If you want to see how common the lump feeling is to thyroid sufferers, click this link to the search result of the board after I entered "lump throat" in the search bar:
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I have had that lump in throat feeling for 3 months straight, despite being treated for hypo. Had a ultrasound done which showed no abnormality of the thyroid. Doctor thought it was for sure a sign of Hashi's, but the test came back negative. So doctors are blowing me off when I go in to keep complaining of the lump feeling. There is no visual enlargement, the lump is just what I feel when I swallow and there is constant feeling of pressure against my throat. I have no idea what the answer is. I'm tired of drs treating me like I am imaging things!