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Old 02-28-2002, 10:12 PM   #1
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Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Hi all! Do any of you with hypo or hyper have a constant feeling that you have something stuck in your throat? I am borderline hypo (not being treated) and for the last year or two, I have had this sensation. I can't even do stomach crunches or any exercise where I have to tuck my chin because it is so uncomfortable. I also have a hard time swallowing pills these days.

The symptom hasn't gotten any better or worse since it appeared and nothing is visible on the outside of my neck. There isn't any pain. I just feels like when you have a bad cold and feel like you have a cotton ball wedged in your throat.

I can't go to the doc until April 1st because of insurance reasons. Any info you can give me is much appreciated. Thank you.

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Hi WendiD,
Some times that happens with thryoid imbalance. It could be a goiter (swollen thyroid), or nodules. Let us know what you find out!

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Thank you, Treefrog. Is this something I should be really worried about or is it common when someone is hypo? When I was tested (about 15 months ago), I was borderline hypo. Since I started exercising 6 days a week, a lot of the symptoms (lethargy, tiredness, depression) have gone away. I pretty much forgot all about being borderline hypo, until I started thinking about the constant lump in my throat.

When I look inside my mouth, my throat looks very lopsided. One side is closed much more than the other. I can only see down the right side of my throat. It's like when my throat gets swollen when I have a cold or strep throat. In fact, I believe it staretd after a really bad cold/sore throat about 2 years ago. My throat never seems to go back to normal. It's very perplexing.

Hopefully, it turns out to be nothing, but I am going to worry about it until I can get to a doctor next month. ARGH!

Thank you again!!!

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Well, it could be that the virus you had went into your thyroid, then your thyroid became stressed and inflamed.

I really can't guess waht YOU have in there. But I am glad you are getting it checked out to be sure!!!
Please do make ssure to let us know what you find out!

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Old 03-02-2002, 11:31 AM   #5
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Hi - I know what you mean. I cannot stand wearing a turtle neck sweater or scarves around my neck. It feels like pressure in your throat. I had thyroiditis and when I was taken off thryoid that is when the swelling started. I went back on a small dose of thyroid and the swelling has subsided not completely though. Almost like my thryoid is working harder and it is letting me know that from the swelling or full feeling I have in my throat. It is annoying. I have other symptoms of of hypothyroid to. I have a full endocrine work up this week. Judekate

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

What is thyroiditis? I did a search and ended up with a lot of info that I didn't understand. Is it part of thyroid disease (hypo/hyper) or is an infection that eventually goes away?

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

Hi WendiD. Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid tissue. It is typically caused by antibodies that attack the thyroid and can make one hypo or hyperthyroid, depending on which antibodies one has. Sometimes the body creates extra thyroid tissue (a nodule or goiter) to try to overcompensate for the antibodies. This extra tissue causes various symptoms that encourage folks to see a doctor and therefore leads to a diagnosis.

When you have your doctor's appointment, gently insist on having tests for thyroid antibodies, Free T3, Free T4, and TSH. If your doctor refuses to test for antibodies, there are labs who conduct blood or saliva tests without a doctor's order. But it is always best to have a doc to interpret the tests. If you do have antibodies, there have been many studies that indicate taking 200 mcg of Selenium a day can slow and sometimes stop the antibody production.

There is a wealth of data in our Information Archive thread: <A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html</A>

And I find the EndocrineWeb to be quite well-explained: <A HREF="http://www.endocrineweb.com/thyroid.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.endocrineweb.com/thyroid.html</A>
(Click on the Thyroiditis link, among others.)

Let us know what you find out.

 
Old 03-06-2002, 11:12 AM   #8
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

I have a question about this. (and I'm glad I'm not alone in this because I'm thinking this is all in my head and not my throat)

I went to my ENT with the symptoms of a choking sensation, can't wear a turtleneck or anything around my neck, I'm tired all the time etc.

Finally I switched ENT's and he felt around my thyroid and said that it felt swollen and it was so sensitive to the touch that I thought I would go through the roof. He was aware of that.

He ordered bloodwork and according to the nurse (for some reason she won't let me speak to the doctor over the phone) she said that all my thyroid levels were normal and that I need to see a neck specialists...here is the number goodbye. (my phone conversation this morning) I'm not actually sure if the doctor went over my bloodwork or she did and never gave it to him.

The doctor didn't seem like one to blow a patient off, but his nurse sure seems to. (another story, sorry for the rant - but this since this isn't her body, why should she care if someone else is uncomfortable and can't wear certain shirts, scarves or anything around the neck)

What do they do for this if the thyroid levels are normal however the thyroid is swollen and irritated?

I can't live with this much longer - I can't wear anything around my neck and am having trouble sleeping due to discomfort. This has been since October 2001.

I still kept my appointment (if she didn't cancel it) with the ENT to follow up on this. Can they give you medication for hyper or hypo to try to see if that will alleviate (sp?) some of this discomfort?

Christine.

 
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Now I received another message from the nurse, relaying from the doctor (ENT) that there is nothing they can do for me now and are sending me for a CT scan of the sinuses. What does that have to do with my thyroid.

The name of the doctor I was given this morning to see (the 'neck' doctor) is in fact a physical therapist. I haven't been in any car accidents or anything that would've caused this lump in throat and choking sensation when I wear a shirt.

I'm not sure where to go from here. Could anyone give me some advice on what I should be asking next? Should I see an endocrinologist? I thought the ENT would be able to help this - but because my bloodwork doesn't show hyper or hypo they basically said "oh well, we can't do anything for you."

I'm even willing to see a doctor outside of my area. Are there any doctors who handle this type of problem in Pittsburgh, Boston or NYC?

Thanks.
Christine.

 
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Christine:

Please check out the following link. (This isn't an advertisement or anything like that, so I hope the moderator will let this link stay here for you to access.) As you read above, I have the same feeling in my throat. When I put "lump in throat" into a search engine (hotbot.com), I came up with the following message board. It seems that a lot of people are having the same problem and several have no problems with their thyroid. It seems that there has been a virus going around or something like that.

Anyway, these are just a bunch of people comparing notes on their symptoms and what their docs have to say about it. I hope it gives you some things to think about. Myself, I am still confused and worried, but it helps to know that SO MANY others are experiencing the same thing.
<A HREF="http://seniors-site.com/ailments/2773.html" TARGET=_blank>http://seniors-site.com/ailments/2773.html</A>

 
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Re: Feeling of a Lump in the Throat???

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WendiD:
<B>Christine:

Please check out the following link. (This isn't an advertisement or anything like that, so I hope the moderator will let this link stay here for you to access.) As you read above, I have the same feeling in my throat. When I put "lump in throat" into a search engine (hotbot.com), I came up with the following message board. It seems that a lot of people are having the same problem and several have no problems with their thyroid. It seems that there has been a virus going around or something like that.

Anyway, these are just a bunch of people comparing notes on their symptoms and what their docs have to say about it. I hope it gives you some things to think about. Myself, I am still confused and worried, but it helps to know that SO MANY others are experiencing the same thing.
<A HREF="http://seniors-site.com/ailments/2773.html" TARGET=_blank>http://seniors-site.com/ailments/2773.html</A> </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the info! I got the link.

Is this like when you touch the bottom of your neck it's so sensitive that it bothers you for hours after that? The doctor could barely touch the part near the thyroid because I was so sensitive. I can't even wear a shirt that touches my neck especially in the front. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">

The doctor said that the thyroid felt a bit enlarged and the enlargement showed up on the ultrasound. However according to the nurse all the test results came back in normal. (well her normal and a endocrinologist normal are probably two different things):\

Christine.

 
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I'm really glad you got the link. Please let me know what you think after reading all the messages. For me, the swollen thraot feeling is aggravated by exercise, especially exercises that require tucking my chin, and swallowing pills. I feel like I can barely swallow my own saliva after doing either of those things. The rest of the time, it feels like I have a pill caught in my throat. It doesn't actually hurt when I touch the area (deep in and above the hollow notch between my collar bones), but it is very, very uncomfortable. It also bothers me to even rub lotion on my neck. I wish I could go to the doctor now, but I have to wait until April to avoid it being labeled a "pre-existing condition".

Please keep me posted on your progress. Good luck!

 
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Update:

I thought you would all like to know since you've been giving me some great advice! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I went to see the specialist in Rochester at Strong Memorial (which my HMO didn't approve the visit the day of the appointment after I left, but that's another problem altogether) on April 23.

I'm glad I went. This doctor does research, is older (nothing wrong with that *g*) and has seen so many different types of problems with the throat and the thyroid. He did a few in office things like feel my throat, make me swallow some water to see if he can see my thyroid and check my hands, skin, nails and hair.

I don't have a thyroid problem. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> But he told me he's seen this before many times - all the same symptoms I've been telling him.

Before quitting my job, I worked in a bank with 20 year old files constantly with awfuls smells that you wouldn't believe - files that are stored in the basement at our main headquarters and from different locations in different states when the banks get bought. No ventilation in the building and worked on the 7th floor so harder to get out and get air. Before that I worked in a land title company almost under the same conditions but the files were newer but with old searches.

He said that there is a possibility I have fibromyalgia in my throat because the irritation is centralized and I don't have pain. I can't have anything touching my neck or around my neck including necklaces, turtlenecks etc. He said that whatever I was exposed to, could have caused an infection in or near the part where the two parts of the thyroid meet. (I'm not sure what else is located there but something that would cause this irritation in one centralized location.)

The hospital has a unit that specializes in Occupational medicine and when people are exposed to certain toxins in the workplace. They would be able to test to see what I have/had and what they can do to help. Only one doctor there sees patients that doesn't deal with workman's comp since I'm not working any longer at this hellhole.

I see an immuninologist (sp?) on monday in my hometown and the doctor said that's good news because he &lt;B&gt;should&lt;/b&gt; pick up on this. If he doesn't, I'm going back to Rochester. I may have to have some major antibiotics. As time goes on, I feel better and better around my neck and throat. So I guess the farther I'm away from the toxins the better.

I thought you would all like to know. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> This is all new to me. I never thought that working with old files could cause this much damage. I can't ever work around that type of environment again and now I have to be careful of where I work again. (I'm going back to school now.)

Thanks again. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Christine.

 
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