Mucus stuck in throat, post nasal drip...anxiety or LPR?

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I’m a 27 female, it’s been weeks since I started having these symptoms, which really freaked me out. I even shaked/trembled when I first felt it.

I started to feel mucus/phlegm stuck in between my back nose and back throat, or the very back of my palate. It cannot be swallowed down, also hard to be hacked out. Sometimes I feel it dripping down from my nose and makes me feel like choking. It feels more like very, very thick and sticky saliva, it’s not green or yellow, it’s white clear coloured. Sometimes with a tickle feeling in my throat makes me feel like coughing(but I don’t actually cough and nothing can be coughed out). It feels horrible when I swallow saliva or drinking water, feels like the mucus has been dragged but wouldn’t go down(so hard to describe). My eating is affected too because I feel the mucus dripping down sometimes while I’m eating and makes it hard to swallow food, which resulted in my appetite went completely away. Sometimes when I breath I can feel the mucus thing much discomfort! My throat feels really really tight and I have constant swallowing problem now...which makes my throat even drier.

I went for an ENT endoscopy and nothing was found. Planning on taking an upper endoscopy as well.

I have heard of Globus Sensation but it doesn’t look that typical(a lump belows the Adam’s apple). Mine is more upper and feels more glue-like.

By the way, my nasal passage is always very dry, I don’t have runny nose/sneezing, so I guess this post nasal drip sensation is not caused by excessive secretions from my nose. I never had heartburn but I do belch and burp while eating or drinking. And I also started to have some chest pain(not sure if it’s the muscle or the bone) after those symptoms started.

My life is in darkness now...anyone??? Please it caused by increased sensitivity of my throat due to anxiety? Or it could be caused by LPR?

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    I seriously could have written this and I’m relieved to hear someone describe this.  I went to the ENT and he said it was Globus Sensation due to reflux. I have never had any reflux symptoms until now. No heartburn or indigestion or anything. He prescribed me to Nexium. I’ve been taking it for about 4 days now and hoping to get some relief soon. 

    The sensation that I have is not near my Adam’s apple either. It’s inky in the left hand side and right under my chin. It’s deiving me crazy!

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      Hi Kellie,

      If it’s silent reflux then you don’t have those typical symptoms associated with GERD. Could be caused by LPR. Your body produces more mucus to protect your throat/airway from acid. Hope the antiacid works well on you.

      Do you have any rhinitis symptoms such as runny nose? Is your sensation more like a lump or thick phlegm?

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    I have had this same sensation before and it is scary. I believe anxiety makes it worse. I also believe it’s is related to my reflux. I didn’t eat three hours prior to bed, slept with my head raised, endeavored to not clear my throat (I read that can irritate it further) and tried not to worry. My symptoms have finally subsided. I hope yours do too!
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      Hi Michelle,

      Glad to hear you got better. Yeah anxiety definitely makes everything worse, it just enlarges all kinds of physical symptoms and feelings. Have you been diagnosed with GERD? Did you also have post nasal drip sensation? I don’t know if they are related.


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