Re: 31 y old male do I have a thyroid problem?
If your thyroid gland is swollen enough to cause the swallowing/choking issues, it's easy to tell. Has your doctor ever palpated your throat to check for thyroid enlargement. You could check your neck yourself, too. Here's how:
1. Using a hand mirror, hold it so that you can see the area of your neck just below the Adam's apple and right above the collarbone. This is the general location of your thyroid gland. (Don't mistake the Adam's apple for the thyroid, which is below the apple.)
2. Tip your head back, while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror.
3. Take a drink of water and swallow. As you swallow, look at your neck. Watch carefully for any bulges, enlargement, protrusions, or unusual appearances in this area when you swallow.
4. Repeat this process several times.
5. If you see any bulges, protrusions, lumps or anything that appears unusual, see your doctor right away. You may have an enlarged thyroid, or a thyroid nodule, and your thyroid should be evaluated.
To determine if the thyroid function is normal, insist on having both a TSH and a free T4 test. There is no way to figure out whether your anxiety and sleep issues are a result of thyroid disease without doing blood tests. Don't allow your doctor to keep issuing a diagnosis of "anxiety" without them.
If swallowing trouble and anxiety are your only symptoms, it's not likely your thyroid is to blame. Low (or high) thyroid levels usually cause up to a dozen or more symptoms at a time, because thyroid hormone plays a role in every physical and mental process the body has.