Lump in the Throat???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dee, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. dee

    dee New Member

    I am relatively new to the world of fibro. It's a challenge every single day. The latest list of strange symptoms is growing. The past few days I have had a "lump in my throat".......with ear pain and a deep discomfort in the entire front of the throat all the way to the collar bone. Anyone out there have this? What to do? It accompanied my latest "flare" of neck and shoulder muscles. Flexeril, Darvocet and Naprosyn have not touched it. <sigh>
    Is this symptom a typical one for any of you?

    Thanx....
    Dee
  2. dee

    dee New Member

    I am relatively new to the world of fibro. It's a challenge every single day. The latest list of strange symptoms is growing. The past few days I have had a "lump in my throat".......with ear pain and a deep discomfort in the entire front of the throat all the way to the collar bone. Anyone out there have this? What to do? It accompanied my latest "flare" of neck and shoulder muscles. Flexeril, Darvocet and Naprosyn have not touched it. <sigh>
    Is this symptom a typical one for any of you?

    Thanx....
    Dee
  3. JP

    JP New Member

    Hello Dee,


    I have this most of the time...not the ear pain however. I am pretty sure my swelling is my thyroid disease. I have difficulty with swallowing as well. I take thyroid medication and it still swells. I am pretty sensitive to swelling. A small amount of swelling causes me additional pain.

    Hope it passes soon,
    Jan
  4. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    A lump in the throat is a very common symptom of anxiety and panic syndrome, but if you are also experiencing pain, then it might be a thyroid problem. Good idea to have it checked out!

    Marilyn :)
  5. Cactuslil

    Cactuslil New Member

    I had a lump in my throat and it scared me too death! I have not reached to feel for it in a spell but just now put my freezing fingers to my neck and I cannot feel it.

    I was afraid as it can be a sign of a thyroid problem and other things. I was just a plain "coward" and watched and waited and I guess it has "gone" for now. I do hear others w/FMS have had such. However my ex-hubby had part of his thyroid removed and now takes meds for whatever his problem was; he talks little about it but I visited him last Friday and he looked really good; his gorgeous native germanblond hair for whatever reason has now become a dark brown! and his baby blue eyes looked more hazel and he wore glasses!

    We had a band together ten years, "Sundown", and folks always likened him to Michael Murphy. Oh, well, I no longer look like a Playboy Bunny either! LOL CactusLil'
  6. amymb74

    amymb74 New Member

    It was one of my first symptoms - always felt like I had a lump in my throat. I got it all checked out - barium swallow showed indeed my throat was too narrow (their throat size pill got stuck in there) sent me right off to a specialist who checked it out w/a camera & found nothing. He did dilate my esophagus though. Felt good for less than a week & came right back. Now it still comes & goes but I don't worry about it because I know theres nothing there. I would get it checked out - if theres nothing wrong at least it will ease your mind.
  7. Dara

    Dara New Member

    check to make sure it isn't anything serious. I also had a lump in my throat and was too scared to go to the doctor to find out what it was. Well, after many many months of worrying about it I finally decided to go in. What I had was a tumor on my thyroid, had to have it surgically removed. Also, when I am having a panic/anxiety attack I feel that there is something there and I can't swallow. I think the best advice is go in and have it checked out, you'll probably find out it's nothing and then you won't have to worry anymore.

    Dara
  8. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Is this a literal lump or the feeling that you have a lump in your throat when you swollow? If its the latter, it could be anxiety, I have had this off and on half my life. I could not eat as the food would not go down. It was caused by stress, and if you are in a Fibro Flare, it could just be anxiety.

    Try to find out what it is, then you can deal with it. If its a literal lump, then you will need medical attention.

    If its from stress, then an anti anxiety med will make it go away like 'magic'! Xanax, low dose will do it in half an hour for me!

    Hope you find out what is causing this soon, it is surely a miserable feeling.

    Do let us know what is wrong when you find out.

    Take care,

    Shalom, Shirl
  9. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    for a long time over here.... I also have the ear pain and sore throat thing too... the throat lump thingy comes and goes... sometimes it affects my swallowing as well.. No doctor has ever come up with a reason for it or a problem assocaited with it. But nevertheless, its there and just another one of those lovely things we deal with everyday. Good luck!
  10. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    I think it is the same thing I have, mine is distinctly swollen.

    Jaci
  11. tes

    tes New Member

    the lump in my throat. It affects my swallowing when it acts up. I also get sore throats quite often and think I'm coming down with something but I never get any other symptom that comes with a cold or flu. I don't get the ear pain but I get many episodes of itchy ear. My right ear is usually more affected. I sometimes feel like there is something crawly in my ear. Yikes!!!! Anyways, hope this has helped in some way.

    Take Care,
    Tes
  12. nancyneptune

    nancyneptune New Member

    I have the difficulty swallowing and lump in the throat. Mine is from panic disorder, but the ear pain is from TMJ. You didn't say you have it but many of us do, and it always makes my ear feel like it's got a big old pimple in it. I even went to the EENT for the earache one time, certain that there was a big boil in there and he said absoultely nothing was in my ear. It was all TMJ. I was so embarrassed.He gave me some Flexeril for it and it stopped hurting. My throat problem is so bad that I swallow spit wrong all the time and get it into my windpipe and have a coughing fit. People think I'm nuts cuz I choke on my own spit, lol.
  13. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    For me at any rate. And I've only had it over the last two months of the 14 that I've had this illness for. It's a worrying one I agree, but like many Fibro symptoms, it just comes and goes (sometimes I get hoarseness with it too) so the docs don't take it seriously. I think it's actually muscle spasms in the throat. I experience it exactly as you describe. Might be worth checking it out with an ENT specialist, but I think you'll find it's all part of the Fibro Fun!
    Take care,
    Marcus
  14. nancyL

    nancyL New Member

    Thank Goodness for this site...I too was thinking I was having a heart attack or something was really wrong this afternoon.....all of sudden got lump in throat....lasted a little while. I looked up on this site and found others describing the same feeling....sure enough, it went away as quickly as it came!! Just another fun Fibro symptom...I guess....feels normal again now!
  15. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    but a good friend of mine with our DD ... well finally after three yrs of complaining got her head an neck scanned and has a huge tumor.... then I referenced some stuff and found our that chronic epstein barr infection has a high incidence of nasophargyngeal tumors and cancers assocaited with it...... I said "lovely~" I detailed what we know at present in the other post....
  16. starstella

    starstella New Member

    you don't give specifics of the lump in your throat (i.e. is it actually in your throat, interfering with swallowing, or is it on the side of your neck). As mentioned by others on this thread, don't discount the posibility that that this is muscle related (you did say that this lump accompanied a flare in your neck area). The tongue is also a muscle which could get implicated in a major flare. As those with myofacial pain syndrome know, there can be many scary symptoms due to trigger points. I agree with previous posts that encourage massage. the best scenario would be massage by someone experienced in myofacial release techniques. Unless the lump is influencing basic functions, breathing, eating, etc., I think massage is a good first step.
  17. Carlacat

    Carlacat New Member

    If its a lump that you can actually feel, please have it checked out. I went to get my hair permed yesterday and my beautician told me that her 32 yr old son felt a lump on his throat and went to ER and found out he had stomach cancer. So please have it checked.
    Carlacat
  18. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    If you have an actual lump on your throat, that could be a problem. My sister's son (31) found a lump while shaving one day, and it turned out to be thyroid cancer. They removed his thyroid, and after a year, his blood tests are abnormal, so he has to go in for further testing.

    I get the "other" lump in the throat quite often. A doctor told me once that when I get that feeling, to inhale deeply through the nose, WITH the stomach, not the chest, to the count of 7, hold it for a few seconds, then exhale through pursed lips, like you're gonna whistle, slowly to the count of 7. He said to repeat this 3 times or so and the lump goes away. Most times this really works too!

    Marilyn :)
  19. poodlemommy

    poodlemommy New Member

    Have your doctor send you for an ultra sound of your thyroid gland. I just had surgery to remove my thyroid gland 7 weeks ago due to cancer. They found it by accident doing a CT scan on my neck. There were little nodules on both side of the thyriod. I then went for needle biopsy and they were malignant. So in Jan I went for surgery to take out my whole thryoid. In 2 to 3 months I have to the top cancer hospital and have radioactive iodine to zap what ever thyroid tissue is left behind so it wont grow again. I will me no thyroid medication now for the rest of my life. So dont ingnore it. Get a thorough check as if left too long could be fatal. Best of luck
    love poodlemum
  20. jaybienweb

    jaybienweb New Member

    It's always best to get checked by the doctor, but I've had this for years; It's most probably heartburn or a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome.

    I recently read about this sensation on an irritable bowel web site.