Lump feeling and gurgling in throat when swallowing

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Since I had an endoscopy four months ago I have had a lump sensation and tightness in my throat on and off and now for the past few days I experience a gurgling sensation when I swallow at first it was just when i swallowed water immediately after it would feel like air gurgling up but now it’s also when I swallow saliva. It seems to go away when I lay down. It feels like an air bubble or burp is stuck in my throat. I’ve been on nexium for six weeks due to acid reflux but it doesn’t help with these symptoms. I also get pressure in my ears when this happens. Also this all started four months ago when I woke up with extreme pressure below my breastbone that caused me a lot of panic and I was unable to eat anything because of the discomfort. The pressure isn’t as bad in chest now but the lump in throat is bad and I don’t know if they are related like the pressure moved up into my throat. I also get burning pains and tenderness in my upper back and shoulder blades and sometimes feel it while I’m eating and drinking not afterwards. Has anyone had these symptoms and was it something other then acid reflux and did it finally go away? I’m really feeling depressed and hopeless that I will have to live like this for the rest of my life. 

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    You need to investigate why is the reflux travelling up so far in your esophagus?

    If its getting into your ears (sinus area) then it is going high. Many docs will say "not possible" but they are wrong.

    Many people with reflux manage it OK then every six months or so they have a flare-up and can't manage their symptoms.

    Once again look at Sleep Apnea. SA can be responsible for pumping the reflux up higher.

    Manage the Sleep Apnea, follow reflux rules, take whatever the doc prescribes and and life will be good again.

    Your doc probably has not heard of a relationship between SA and reflux so it is up to you to make a sleep study happen.

     

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      Thanks for the information and I will look into this . I wonder  why this is a feeling like trapped air in my throat though as in gas not acid. I can feel it gurgling And the pressure in my ears. It really feels like a stuck burp and I can feel pressure in my sinuses as well.
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    Thanks for the information and I will look into this . I wonder  why this is a feeling like trapped air in my throat though as in gas not acid. I can feel it gurgling And the pressure in my ears. It really feels like a stuck burp and I can feel pressure in my sinuses as well.
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    Hi Chandra,

    I think you should go back to your Doctor. 

    The gurgling in your gullet that you describe isn’t normal and needs to be checked. 

    However, I also suffered from pain between my shoulder blades with severe heartburn and burping when my reflux was really bad and by taking Omeprazole and changing my diet significantly (mainly alkaline with lots of fruit ( not citrus) and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and green tea  but no caffeine ) all my symptoms gradually disappeared. 

    Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

    Kind regards

    Jane 

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      Hi Jane,

      Thanks, I’ve actually been to so many doctors at this point. I do have a modified barium swallow scheduled but have to wait two weeks for that. I can see my GI doctor for another two weeks as well. I’m currently taking nexium prescription but that doesn’t help with the lump and gurgling in the throat. It’s like air is stuck or my upper spinchter is tightening up and not letting the air/gas out properly so it gurgles and gives me a lump sensation. I don’t know what is causing the upper spinchter to spasm and that is what i wish I could get to the bottom of. I went to another gp doctor yesterday and she wrote a referral for a thyroid ultrasound but I don’t think it would cause the lump to feel like trapped air. I’ll still get one just to rule out. It’s just so stressful having to wait and get all of these tests and still no answers. Did you experience a lump in your throat when you had bad reflux?

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    Before I realised I was suffering from Sleep Apnea I too had similar symptoms to you. This includes pain in my throat, spitting blood from blood blisters in my mouth and throat, pressure in ears, sinuses and pain behind eyes, difficulty in opening eyes when I wake up, sometimes vertigo and nausea, vomiting, pain between shoulder blades, Most of those symptoms only happened a few times per year when things flared up. 

    If you don't know what is causing it, it can be depressing and affect your whole life. It can cost you your job. Understand that the reflux that goes into your sinuses also comes out again and drops onto the back of your tongue.  Try eating Salmon during a flare up. Rotten food stinks, you can fill a room with stink and there is little you can do about it. It can cost you your job. You may benefit from a tongue scraper to remove this stuff especially when you clean your teeth. As you age it only gets worse.

    When the reflux goes up high many structures are affected and there is a heightened cancer risk.

    In my case the flares ups are a thing of the past, since being treated fro SA.

    My reflux has gone from impossible to trivial to manage.

    Doctors and specialists don't seem to be trained in SA. It's up to you to make a sleep study happen.

     

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    I have these exact same symptoms.

    I'm awaiting endoscopy and ultrasound which will be in 6-8 weeks. Can't bare feeling like this for that long as it's really getting me down. The pressure under my sternum is the worst feeling. Constantly feel bloated and have resorted to wearing a belt round upper abdomen as this is the only thing that relieves it.

    What were your results?

    Rob

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    Anyone???

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      The pressure did eventually go away but I had to change my die and I started taking a good probiotic with 100 billion. I did also have to start taking a ppi and am current weaning off of it and so far so good. Try not to let this get you down. Walking also helps I do this every night after dinner 
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      One other thing that has helped is coconut water it had to be pure though and stay away from carbonated beverages at least until the pressure goes away. Also eat smaller portions of food 
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      What you say about food portions is true.

      Also, you said you were on Nexium. Was your doctir specific on when you're to take take it?

      Or did you take it as prescribed by the manufacturer (on the information sheet accompanying the meds or online)? I say this because I was on Nexium for 7 months and followed my doctor's advice which was vague as to WHEN to take the meds. After they failed to do anything for me in 7 months other than make me much fatter I looked into the matter and established I was taking them at the WRONG time!

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    Hi there, I just wondered if you had had a diagnosis yet? I am suffering with the same symptoms and I've been back and forth to the doctor's for over two years and still not had any diagnosis. Thanks

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    Hi chandra,

    This is AMAZING ! I can totally relate, I've had this exact problem since the last 9 years now. Every time I swallow saliva, then there is a gurgle coming up a few seconds after. During the night everything calms down.

    I've passed a barium swallow and H. Pylori breath test which showed nothing.

    What tests did you pass? Which ones were negative/positive?

    I'm trying to understand what you changed as best as I can and I have a few questions :

    • You changed your diet and ate smaller portions : What did your new diet consist of?
    • You took a good 100 billions probiotics : What frequency and what kind?
    • You took a PPI : Which one and what frequency ?
    • You started to take some coconut water : Is this what you took instead of regular water? And you didn't drink anything else?
    • Walked after lunch/dinner : Did you start an exercise plan or just some walking?

    Thanks a million times!

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