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Hello there,

I signed up just to reply to this thread, as well as get some answers myself. I have been experiencing the exact same symptoms since September 2012. I recently came back from the ENT and I am hoping I can help by sharing my findings.

It all started back in September of last year when I had my worst acid attack. I never had that bad of an attack. I ate a large meal, went to bed somewhat early, and awoke an hour later with major heartburn, hiccuping, and the sensation of a giant golfball somewhere along the esophagus. I went to see a doctor a few weeks later and he prescribed me with Zantac 300mg to take every night (to reduce acid from splashing up). It didn't do anything to relieve the sensation but it worked wonders in keeping the reflux at bay (although I don't have acid reflux too bad most days anyway). Doctors don't know what to say and basically chalk it up to "anxiety" (which I also suffer from). To that I say B.S. Apparently this chalking it up to anxiety is a bit of an outdated response by doctors who don't know what else to call it. If it were so simple, I would have cured it on the days I am the most calm, not thinking of it at all, playing with the dog, etc.

So, like you, I have been having this sensation of something in my throat, call it a lump or what have you, almost like a tightening of the throat/esophagus is occurring, but for some reason, it is not noticeable while swallowing. Actually, it's usually most noticeable seconds after eating or on an empty stomach. Having to burp makes it more noticeable. As a sidenote, I have been having a sore right tonsil, and that seems to play a role in directing all my attention to my throat to begin with!

After recently seeing an ENT who looked down my throat with a flexible thin tube with a light on the end, he said he couldn't see much if anything that would be causing the problem. I have a slighted deviated septum which might be the cause of my post nasal drip (that has gotten quite bad recently). He couldn't offer any other advice than to see my doctor for more information on keeping acid reflux under wraps.

And that was that. You think seeing an ENT would solve all my problems. Nope, it is still there annoying as hell LOL.

However, I am on a mission to figure this thing out. My brother in loaw suffers from a problem where he will eat too quickly, often without liquids, and he will get s sensation of food being stuck in his esophasgus. I don't have this problem, but it is similar, and we both figure spasm is to blame there. It must be a spasm/narrowing of the esophagus clamping down on the swallowed food, while not choking, it sure can feel like he's choking! So I started to wonder if I also have esophageal spasming going on. I am guessing not since I wake up with the globus sensation and it is continuous all day.

My best guess is that it truly is GERD at night, possibly hiatial hernia (just a guess here, it runs in my family), and the back flow of acid is aggravating my esophagus.

So this is my next course of action. To see my doctor and ask to be put on a PPI (proton pump inhibitor). I will report back if that helps.

In the meantime, could you continue to post your findings as they occur? Best to brainstorm I say!
[QUOTE="peebles;5149955"]Hello there,

I signed up just to reply to this thread, as well as get some answers myself. I have been experiencing the exact same symptoms since September 2012. I recently came back from the ENT and I am hoping I can help by sharing my findings.

It all started back in September of last year when I had my worst acid attack. I never had that bad of an attack. I ate a large meal, went to bed somewhat early, and awoke an hour later with major heartburn, hiccuping, and the sensation of a giant golfball somewhere along the esophagus. I went to see a doctor a few weeks later and he prescribed me with Zantac 300mg to take every night (to reduce acid from splashing up). It didn't do anything to relieve the sensation but it worked wonders in keeping the reflux at bay (although I don't have acid reflux too bad most days anyway). Doctors don't know what to say and basically chalk it up to "anxiety" (which I also suffer from). To that I say B.S. Apparently this chalking it up to anxiety is a bit of an outdated response by doctors who don't know what else to call it. If it were so simple, I would have cured it on the days I am the most calm, not thinking of it at all, playing with the dog, etc.

So, like you, I have been having this sensation of something in my throat, call it a lump or what have you, almost like a tightening of the throat/esophagus is occurring, but for some reason, it is not noticeable while swallowing. Actually, it's usually most noticeable seconds after eating or on an empty stomach. Having to burp makes it more noticeable. As a sidenote, I have been having a sore right tonsil, and that seems to play a role in directing all my attention to my throat to begin with!

After recently seeing an ENT who looked down my throat with a flexible thin tube with a light on the end, he said he couldn't see much if anything that would be causing the problem. I have a slighted deviated septum which might be the cause of my post nasal drip (that has gotten quite bad recently). He couldn't offer any other advice than to see my doctor for more information on keeping acid reflux under wraps.

And that was that. You think seeing an ENT would solve all my problems. Nope, it is still there annoying as hell LOL.

However, I am on a mission to figure this thing out. My brother in loaw suffers from a problem where he will eat too quickly, often without liquids, and he will get s sensation of food being stuck in his esophasgus. I don't have this problem, but it is similar, and we both figure spasm is to blame there. It must be a spasm/narrowing of the esophagus clamping down on the swallowed food, while not choking, it sure can feel like he's choking! So I started to wonder if I also have esophageal spasming going on. I am guessing not since I wake up with the globus sensation and it is continuous all day.

My best guess is that it truly is GERD at night, possibly hiatial hernia (just a guess here, it runs in my family), and the back flow of acid is aggravating my esophagus.

So this is my next course of action. To see my doctor and ask to be put on a PPI (proton pump inhibitor). I will report back if that helps.

In the meantime, could you continue to post your findings as they occur? Best to brainstorm I say![/QUOTE]

Mine is a little different from yours, I don't really notice mine unless I swallow, I have an acid taste in my mouth sometimes too!
Most times Mine is pretty much non existent in the morning when I wake up, i wake up at 5:30am for work and it's not there, it starts to kick in around 10:30am and then begins to disappear around 6pm it's really strange, I panic a lot in fear of having a cancerous lump in my throat but my theory is that it would probably be a continuous feeling if it was cancer and also I'm only 20 so I doubt this is the cause, I have health anxiety and I think every little thing is going to kill me, it sometimes completely takes the fun out of my day! I hate it so much and I wish it would just go away!
I feel your pain don't worry!
I've only had blood work done. I'm scheduled for an ultrasound on my throat soon and ill let you know how that goes!
Try to relax!
This is worth a try...

1
Calm down. Globus hystericus is the feeling of a lump in your throat when nothing is really there. It is a psychosomatic disorder.

2
Warm your neck. Place a warm cloth or piece of flannel on your neck for about a minute. This will help relax the muscles in your neck and throat.

3
Straighten up. Once you have removed the warm cloth, stand against a wall or sit on a chair with a straight back. Tilt your head back so you're looking at the ceiling; hold this for about five seconds.

4
Roll your head left and right while still looking at the ceiling, maintaining the stretch in your throat. Take about five seconds to complete the roll; do this 10 times.

5
Massage your neck. Using one or both of your hands, firmly massage lengthwise the muscles that run down your neck on each side of your Adam's apple for about two minutes. After the massage, roll your head again five times, then relax for a few minutes before continuing with your day.





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