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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=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.
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]





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