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Worrytomuch 05-25-2004 07:22 AM

Post Nasal Drip? (I think)
 
I'm not sure if this is the correct board to post on but I'm desperate.

For about 2 years I've had post nasal drip (at least that is what I think it is). It feels like there is a huge lump in my throat. I can't cough it up and I can't swallow it. But I keep trying to swallow it (natural reaction) because it's so incredibly unconfortable. This just causes my entire throat to start hurting.

I've gone to the doctor and he told me that it was in my head. I've also been treated for anxiety and he told me that the feeling of having a lump in your throat is a common symtom of anxiety.
Well, I accepted that answer for a while but now I'm not so convinced anymore. I don't even feel anxiety much anymore. It was just something I was going through at the time.
This lump in my throat used to come and go but now it's not going away. It's driving me crazy. Once in a while I can cough up some phlem in the mornings but it's never enough to relieve the lump I feel. But I think this proves that it is not in my head... .

Anyway, my question is, has anyone had this problem before? Does it sound like it could be post nasal drip? I can feel it move I just can't lodge it out. If it is post nasal drip, what helps that? I've asked the pharmacist and he said to try benedryl which should "dry it up". Well that didn't work.
If it is post nasal drip, I think the problem is that it's too built up. Once in a while I feel the "dripping", but for the most part it feels like a hard, sticky ball lodged in the very back of my throat. I think it's causeing my breath to smell also... (I feel discusting!)

I know I should go to a specialist, but my insurance won't cover it unless I get a referral from my doctor (who thinks nothing is wrong).
Thank you so much for any help or advise you can give me.

Misty800 05-31-2004 09:51 AM

Re: Post Nasal Drip? (I think)
 
Esophgaus spasms can cause a lump feeling and difficult to swallow. Have you tried sipping or drinking hot water (not hot enough to burn)? If it is a spasm the hot water will help spasm to release. The older we get the more likely an esophgaus spasm may occur. Flem going down throat might be enough to trigger a spasm.

jerrie97 06-01-2004 11:46 AM

Re: Post Nasal Drip? (I think)
 
[QUOTE=Worrytomuch]I'm not sure if this is the correct board to post on but I'm desperate.

For about 2 years I've had post nasal drip (at least that is what I think it is). It feels like there is a huge lump in my throat. I can't cough it up and I can't swallow it. But I keep trying to swallow it (natural reaction) because it's so incredibly unconfortable. This just causes my entire throat to start hurting.

I've gone to the doctor and he told me that it was in my head. I've also been treated for anxiety and he told me that the feeling of having a lump in your throat is a common symtom of anxiety.
Well, I accepted that answer for a while but now I'm not so convinced anymore. I don't even feel anxiety much anymore. It was just something I was going through at the time.
This lump in my throat used to come and go but now it's not going away. It's driving me crazy. Once in a while I can cough up some phlem in the mornings but it's never enough to relieve the lump I feel. But I think this proves that it is not in my head... .

Anyway, my question is, has anyone had this problem before? Does it sound like it could be post nasal drip? I can feel it move I just can't lodge it out. If it is post nasal drip, what helps that? I've asked the pharmacist and he said to try benedryl which should "dry it up". Well that didn't work.
If it is post nasal drip, I think the problem is that it's too built up. Once in a while I feel the "dripping", but for the most part it feels like a hard, sticky ball lodged in the very back of my throat. I think it's causeing my breath to smell also... (I feel discusting!)

I know I should go to a specialist, but my insurance won't cover it unless I get a referral from my doctor (who thinks nothing is wrong).
Thank you so much for any help or advise you can give me.[/QUOTE]

I think I know what you're talking about. I had that most of last year and when I tried to talk after not talking for a while, I'd have to clear my throat. I'm not sure what it is or how to get rid of it though. It seemed to go away after a round of antibiotics that I took for an infection.

It's not in your head. You need to find another doctor who will refer you to an ENT.

Worrytomuch 06-01-2004 12:48 PM

Re: Post Nasal Drip? (I think)
 
Thanks for the replies.
Hot liquid doesn't help at all so I don't think it could be throat spasms. It really feels as if there is a build up of phlem back there. I can feel it move, but I can cough it up or swallow it down. Once in a while (in the mornings) I am able to cough up some phlem (more like hack up some phlem). But it never goes away for good.
I think I just need to go to an ENT as swimfast reccomended.
I'm a 24 year old female who hacks up lugies like an old man! Not very attractive...haha
I notice it's been worse lately, so I'm thinking it may have something to do with alergies.

Thanks again!

tonx 07-26-2004 03:53 AM

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Hi, I think I know what you are talking about. I believe I've had this Post Nasal Drip for many years. In the early days I just accepted that as being the norm and just put up with it for many years. In later years it seemed to get worse and tried all sorts of things to try and get rid of it. I did go see a specialist who told me, because of this I would get Asthma consquestly wanted me to take various undesirable tests and also wanted me to go on cortisone (puffer). At the time I was at the tail end of a three month long bad cough, and he believed the phlegm was the problem.

Well I did not like what he had to say and with that I went back to my doctor (female) and asked her if I would 'really' get rid of ths phlegm problem if I went on the cortisone. She said "Probably not".

Well here I am two years later and the problems seems to be gone althoug I do have a cold at the moment with phlegm but a much thinner and different phlegm, which of course with a cold is expected.

Earlier this year I went to a Naturepath, had a long discussion with her and she advised me to get off "dairy" completely, no sweets and gave me other nutritional advise together with a potion, yukk. Two weeks later I went back and she gave me more advise and another yukky potion. Well I think it's two months later and I think it's gone.
In a nutshell, I recommend you see a naturepath.

NYCdj 10-04-2005 10:03 AM

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Im having the EXACT same problem. Did you ever remedy the situation? if so please tell me how you did it



[QUOTE=Worrytomuch]I'm not sure if this is the correct board to post on but I'm desperate.

For about 2 years I've had post nasal drip (at least that is what I think it is). It feels like there is a huge lump in my throat. I can't cough it up and I can't swallow it. But I keep trying to swallow it (natural reaction) because it's so incredibly unconfortable. This just causes my entire throat to start hurting.

I've gone to the doctor and he told me that it was in my head. I've also been treated for anxiety and he told me that the feeling of having a lump in your throat is a common symtom of anxiety.
Well, I accepted that answer for a while but now I'm not so convinced anymore. I don't even feel anxiety much anymore. It was just something I was going through at the time.
This lump in my throat used to come and go but now it's not going away. It's driving me crazy. Once in a while I can cough up some phlem in the mornings but it's never enough to relieve the lump I feel. But I think this proves that it is not in my head... .

Anyway, my question is, has anyone had this problem before? Does it sound like it could be post nasal drip? I can feel it move I just can't lodge it out. If it is post nasal drip, what helps that? I've asked the pharmacist and he said to try benedryl which should "dry it up". Well that didn't work.
If it is post nasal drip, I think the problem is that it's too built up. Once in a while I feel the "dripping", but for the most part it feels like a hard, sticky ball lodged in the very back of my throat. I think it's causeing my breath to smell also... (I feel discusting!)

I know I should go to a specialist, but my insurance won't cover it unless I get a referral from my doctor (who thinks nothing is wrong).
Thank you so much for any help or advise you can give me.[/QUOTE]

Georgiachoker 10-04-2005 11:07 AM

Re: Post Nasal Drip? (I think)
 
I too have the same type of thing, but mine feels more stringy than lumpy. Do you ever gag on your sticky lump? I do, repeatedly, but rarely feel it dislodge - it just stays there and gags me for 30 minutes or so most mornings. I haven't found anything to help much, but Mucinex was recommended. Maybe it helps knowing that there are others experiencing the same thing!


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