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Globus sensation but comes and goes. Any ideas?


For the past two months, I get a feeling of a lump in my throat  that comes and goes.  It first appeared after taking antibiotics for a strep throat.  It felt like there was a golf ball in my throat for 3 days.  Then it went away.  But every few days it would come back.  Now it seems to come and go.  It could be really bad for a few hours then it might not bother me for a day or two.   It seems like if I take my mind off it by something distracting, it completely disappears.  But if I start thinking about it, the symptoms will go stronger.

So is it in my head or is it real and I just notice it sometimes?  I want to think that there is something small wrong in my throat but I make it worse by worrying.  I can get really freaked out about it because you read other threads of people having this problem for years and that would just suck!

I saw an ENT.  He said that there's nothing in my throat.  But there was a little phlegm in there and I had a small case of laryngitis.  I also have bad sinuses and a recent sinus surgery.  So it could be post-nasal drip but the throat thing comes and goes at weird times.

He says it could also be silent reflux.  But why would it start now?  It doesn't seem to appear after certain foods.  

Cough drops can help the problem for a little bit.  Also, I feel that it gets a little better after eating.  Drinking hot tea can help as well.  Other than that, I try to force myself to think about something else but the mind is only so strong.

Does anyone have any similar experiences or advice?  Thanks!
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Was it Clindamycin by any chance?
Either way, it's likely due to the antibiotic.
I had strep a few weeks ago.
I had been trying to swallow the antibiotic when it suddenly felt like there was a golfball in my throat. I couldn't swallow. The pill blew up and now ( because of an ulcer in my esophagus ) I was worse off.
It took two days of painful swallowing ( couldn't swallow my own saliva) before I could take my ulcer pills.
That pain is now gone, but the golfball feeling is still there.
IF you have acid reflux, get heartburn alot, etc then it's possible that your throat has scar tissue built up inside it.
The doctor ignored me when I mentioned the golfball feeling, but the pharmacist said I should be checked futher...she also said that many people seem to have problems with antibiotics ( especially Clindamycin ) making their throats feel that way.

Anxiety and depression can also cause that feeling.
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I don't remember the name but Clindamycin doesn't ring a bell.

For me its just weird how it comes and goes.  Could a certain food be setting it off and my anxiety just makes it worse?

I switched to black coffee and it seems to help when I don't put cream/sugar in it.  

But its so random, i wonder what it is!
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Have you checked your thyroid function? Sounds like it could be due to thyroid problem. Do you have any other symptoms like dry skin, easy weight gain, strange feeling when touching your neck's skin (like not getting enough air) ... etc?
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How do you check your thyroid? And i have no other symptoms.
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Sorry posted on the wrong post sorry!
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It's a simple blood test. You can have it done at a GP's practice. Just make sure they test FSH, fT3 and fT4. Many doctors only check the FSH, but that's definitely not enough! Maybe you will have to pay teh fT3 and fT4 yourself (depends on your doctor or health system) but it's very cheap ;)
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I had my thyroid checked a few years ago and it came back normal.  But I don't think it was any extensive testing.  I do have dry skin but my weight is pretty steady.    Not sure about the neck's skin sensitivity thing.  

You think the thyroid can cause random throat swellings like this?
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