lump in throat-discomfort swallowing

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by justlooking, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I am not sure how to really even describe it. The feeling in my throat is in 2 different places but it feels like there is something stuck in it when i swallow but even worse is it feels like someone has their hands on my neck and applying pressure. I also have a chest pain, almost like a pulled muscle feeling in my sternum. It isn't constant, I don't wake up with the feeling and there are days I don't feel it at all and other days where I feel it most of the day.

    It all started out as a sore throat, so I went to the Dr. and he put me on Erythromycin. The sore throat stopped but moved lower around my trachea and esophagus. I went back and saw him a week or so later, had a chest x-ray, ekg, lab tests and he put me on Prilosec and said it was GERD. I have been on the medication for almost 3 weeks and have had these symptoms now for over 6 weeks. He says my next step if it doesn't get better is to have an Endoscopy done.

    I have had high calcium for over 2 years now and wonder if it is related. Anyway, I just wanted to know if this sounds familiar to anyone and what their diagnosis was. I plan on getting an endoscopy, if it doesn't get better in the next week or so.
    I mainly want to know if those with GERD have these same symptoms or if someone has had these same symptoms, what were they told by their DR and what tests did they ultimately do. I had an Upper GI about 18 months ago for my gallbladder (which was removed one year ago) the Upper GI was normal as was abdominal ultrasound (except for gallstones).

    Any information you can give me to help me figure this out and get to the right Dr would be helpful. I feel like everything in our medical system has to be handled by a specialist and it is so hard to get into a specialist without getting the right tests done first. I am just very frustrated right now with this whole thing.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. daylight

    daylight New Member

    Saw your post and I thought that you may need this link.

    About three years ago my doctor found a cluster nudule on my thyroid . He sent me to a surgeon who PA said that it was nothing to worry about. So we did nothing . Now I'm having the same problems again. I've also on a day dose of prilosic to control my gerd. I've been diagnosed with dysphgia (sp?) that just trouble swallowing. Anyways the lumps are still there . Basically in the same boat as you possibly are. This needs to be checked out.
    It's often over looked by doctors . Calcium level raises but in some cases they can be normal.
    Mine are high and all my ex stupid GP said to me is that I need to cut back on my dairy intake.
    I told him that if I cut back any more I would be eating no dairy at all. As I rarely eat any dairy now . I'm not a milk fan and eat very small amounts of cheese ( but I do like cheese) but it's fattening so I don't eat it much. Anyways this doctor missed a key to the puzzle as to what is going on with me beside the RA and osteo..
    Please see an endocrinologist. They now more about the glands than an interist or GP and run better blood testing. I'm hoping that I don't lose my medical ins before I can see one.
    And if you have to have the lump removed there is a better non invasive surgery that they may be able to do which lowers the risk some. This is all talked about in detail in the link .
    Try not to worry . It's all going to work out fine. =)

  3. daylight

    daylight New Member

    Symptoms of Parathyroid Disease
    Loss of energy. Don't feel like doing much. Tired all the time.
    Just don't feel well; don't quite feel normal. Hard to explain but just feel kind of bad.
    Feel old. Don't have the interest in things that you used to.
    Can't concentrate, or can't keep your concentration like in the past.
    Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
    Bones hurt; typically it's bones in the legs and arms but can be most bones.
    Don't sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep.
    Tired during the day and frequently feel like you want a nap.
    Spouse claims you are more irritable and harder to get along with (cranky).
    Forget simple things that you used to remember very easily.
    Gastric acid reflux; heartburn; GERD.
    Decrease in sex drive.
    Thinning hair (predominately in older females).
    Kidney Stones.
    High Blood Pressure (sometimes mild, sometimes quite severe; up and down a lot).
    Recurrent Headaches (usually patients under the age of 40).
    Heart Palpitations (arrhythmias). Typically atrial arrhythmias.

    Most people with hyperparathyroidism will have 4 - 6 of these symptoms. Some will have lots of them. A few people will say they don't have any... but after an operation they will often say otherwise. 95% of people with hyperparathyroidism will have 3 or more of these symptoms. In general, the longer you have hyperparathyroidism, the more symptoms you will develop.
  4. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    Wow, you poor thing. Not a funny story, OMGosh! I am glad your problem has since been fixed by Nexium. If only they had done the simple first as opposed to the permanent.

    I was actually told by my Dr to try Nexium and Prilosec and if my throat didn't get better in a week, then I need to get an Endoscopy. The problem originally seemed to get better but a couple of days ago, came back. Is better today and seems to feel worse when I have a runny nose, post nasal drip.

    As for the High Calcium, there was a time when Hyperparathyroid was considered and I went to an Endocrinologist. However after a year of high calcium tests done with PCP, ALL of the endocrinologist blood and urine tests came back PERFECT, go figure. Then still at my PCP all of my calcium tests are high.

    Its all frustrating!
    thanks for the response.
  5. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    Yes you definitely need to get the nodule checked out. That is crazy that a Dr would say it was nothing to worry about. Get a 2nd opinion.

    I'm like you, my dairy intake is very low. My calcium intake is very low. I know my calcium tests are high because of something going on in my body, I just don't know what yet. I have had high Calcium tests regularly in my PCPs office but when I went to an Endocrinologist all of my blood and urine tests were with in range and I was ultimately dismissed with him saying its common for thin middle aged women to have high calcium. Not sure if that is true or not. I will probably go to a different endo at some point.

    I hope you will get a diagnosis and help soon. Your high calcium may be due to your RA or osteo. Hang in there and let me know if you find the missing puzzle piece.
  6. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I am so sorry that the surgery did not help your symptoms. I have seen a number of people on this site who have had parathyroid surgery due to hyperparathyroidism and not gotten rid of their FM or CFS symptoms.
    My first thought at the high calcium was either parathyroid or adrenals, so I went to an endocrinologist, with all of the test he performed, everything was within normal range. I left his office feeling crazy and dismissed, since I had over a year of high calcium tests with my PCP. It's been almost 2 years since I have done anything about the high calcium, which is still high consistently in my regular blood tests done by my PCP every 3 months.
    So here I sit still frustrated with one thing and some other symptom comes up. Its a never ending cycle UGH.

    Thank you for sharing your experience.
  7. Stephen Gorham

    Stephen Gorham New Member

    Dear Just looking

    I know exactly what you mean. I had exactly the same symptoms but I also had migraines, sinus pain, pain in neck, shoulder pain, ringing and blocked ears. The worst by far though was the sensation of something stuck in my throat. I went through all the tests; Barium swallow, gastro endoscopy, x rays, upper endoscopy, blood work, ultra sound. Doctor said it was all in my head and he was right but not the way he meant. I found a website called and had my Atlas adjusted. You can find my testimonial on there. Just search for the one entitled "something stuck in throat". I am 70% better now but it appears I have a TMJ problem as well and I am going to N Jersey next year to see this chap. Good Luck

  8. hi all,

    i get this happening to me now and then.and there are two reasons that i think its happening to me.

    first,,,when my fibromyalgia flares up in the neck and mouth area,i feel that the swollen muscles prevent me from breathing properly, and it feels like food is trapped in my chest.


    if ive caught a infection from someone,you know a chest bug.then a early sign for me would be like a lump in the throat and discomfort in swallowing.

    i do have contact asthma,that flares now and then.

    but i also have to wash out my nasal passages with salt water every couple of days as i will get a sort of throat problem with enviromental fumes and such hitting the back of my throat.

    so whats happening with me is...

    over a few days the dust and enviromental nasties seem to form a mucus lump in my throat.

    the only way to remove it is to either try and cough alot,so that the mucus lump will come up and out of my throat.

    but a easier way for me to deal with it is to wash out my nasal passages with salt water,and this sort of breaks the mucus up in the throat and allows it to go down the throat instead of building up and causing me distress.

    i learned about this mucus forming into a long stringy thing, when i was very ill with a chest infection early this year.

    i had coughed up nasty phlem (gunk),due to the infection.

    then as im healing, this long stringy length of phlem came out of my throat and it had little lumpy bits in it that seemed to contain fibres and such,that are out doors during springtime,you know..hayfever time.

    i had pulled this long stringy thing out of my throat,and been shocked as id never seen anything like it before.

    but when i told my 19 year old son about it,he said he gets that too,but his came from the nose.when he pulled it out he could feel it coming up his throat.

    i know this all sounds gross,and im sorry.but i think its important to know that this syndrome that we have (CFS),well as we get older, and things progress,we see more things happening in us,and its shocking at first.

    but it seems to me that our bodies are not coping with enviromental things,and by whatever means possible,our bodies are trying to kick out the nasties,using fluids and phlem.

    so i know that when ive got that lump in the throat and discomfort swallowing,i must try to cough and bring it up,or use my nasal salt water wash (not too much salt),to break the long stringy thing in the throat that holds all the enviromental gunk in it.

    this then clears the throat for a while.

    take care,fran