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Throat pressure

From: JamieRN - 6 years 20 weeks ago

Hello everyone :-) I'm hoping to gain some insight on a few symptoms as I await my ENT consult. I just had my FNA of my thyroid done for a 1.5cm node. The results were "possible papillary neoplasm". My question is has anyone suffered from chronic pressure (choking type feeling) in their throat? It's driving me NUTS! It's severely distracting & at times drives me to near panic as it provokes a "I can't breath" feeling. The multi-nodular thyroid is not readily visible to others but very noticeable to me (can feel it move/snap in/out of place). Anyone else suffering with me or heard of this symptom? Thanks for listening :-)

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I want to add that experimenting with beet juice. My hunch of adrenal exhaustion seemed to be right. My throat isn't choking me. Give it a try guys.

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I can definitely relate to a lot of these posts. My issues started back last fall with pain in my neck and fatigue. I went to an urgent care clinic where they did bloodwork and diagnosed me with lymphadenitis (infection of lymph nodes). Since then, I've gradually been gaining weight and getting more and more tired. The pain comes and goes along with the choking feeling. I starting going to an endocrinologist in February 2017. So far my thyroid levels appear to be normal. I have a 3cm thyroid nodule with calcification according to my FNA done Wednesday. I'm super nervous as I've researched thyroid nodules with calcification and the risks of thyroid cancer. I won't hear from my results until 2 weeks from test date. I only know about the calcification because the ultrasound tech and doctor were discussing it during the procedure. I'm scared of what I might find out. It is good to know that other people have been thru similar situations or worse situations and have came thru it fine. Any good vibes you can send my way is appreciated.

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I as well have these same issues. I found a lump on my neck a year ago. I went to the endo doctor after visits to my regular physician and ENT. they found a 1.5 cm nodule, did a biopsy and was told I needed to have a FNA done. Results were inconclusive....had another FNA 10 months later and the nodule slowly disappeared. Now i have the tight feeling around my throat that comes and goes. It's not a choking sensation and i haven't experienced the "I can't breath" feeling, just pressure. I had a great doctor so i'm waiting to see if this issues worsens or any other issues develop before i consult the Endo doctor about it..

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Hi there. My name is brad, I’m 22 years old, I’ve been suffering with this choking, stangling, lump feeling as if my throat is closing off. I’ve seen 3 doctors, ents, surgeons, many many trips in the back of an ambulance. I just need a cure. My current doctor has this thought that I have larango spams.... I doubt it. I’ve been on nearly every medication, weed, you name it, I’ve tried it. Not working.
So I’m trying to get my doctor to come up with another issue it maybe, he says it maybe something we can’t cure... I’m on my last thoughts as I’ve contiplated suicide just to end this pain and suffering,,,, I’ve been suffering for 3.5 years nearly 4 now.
I had tonsil stones, so I had my tonisles removed, I had a nose reconstruction but my issue with my thoat nearly like everyone said about, has been a persistsnd struggle long before my stack of surgeries, I need a pnkther suggestion on the next action I should take. I really don’t want to kill myself but I’m sick of this struggling and need help. Please help. Ive had all the imaging, blood work, everything nearly weekly for 4years now, no signs of anything being the cause, I always have bad acid reflux, which I’ve taken pills for but is not helping my struggling to breath, struggling to not feel like I’m choking, right in the thyroid, Adam’s apple area. Help me please.!.

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Brad, please see a board certified endocrinologist as soon as possible. Also, may want to ask your primary doc for tranquilizers or anti anxiety meds. I think a good endocrinologist can help. Too many doctors do not know enough about this stuff. There is a diagnosis for those with the symptoms you describe, but I can't remember what it is called. Still, a specialist with the endocrinology background may be able to shed more light on your situation.

Please, hang in there, and maybe try a cold pack on your throat when it gets bad. Not really sure if cold pack is a good idea but I would do it if I was as uncomfortable as you are.

morecatspls

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Unbelievable!! So relieved to see that others have that exact same 'choking' sensation that I've been having for the last month. My strange sequence of events started in January- felt like I choked on a pill; the following day I developed a persistent feeling of a lump in my throat, but no pain. Saw my MD after a week due to persistence of the 'lump' sensation, and ear pressure- was told it was a viral infection and swollen glands. Now I've developed a palpable lump above my thyroid with persistent feeling of being choked. I am able to swallow without difficulty, and that's about the only time the 'choking' sensation goes away. Wondering if I should go to an ENT or a Endocrinologist next. This thread is very helpful, and supportive. Sending all of you healing thoughts!

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I understand the choking or pressure sensation. I have quite a few smaller nodules on the right side, 2 biopsies on that, plus appx 4cm cyst taking up the left which is now visible. The pressure near the collarbone and going up toward the ear can be tremendous as well. There are a lot of nerves in that area. If it helps anyone else... I also have old injuries to the cervical spine which contribute to trigeminal pain and sometimes it is difficult to decipher the origin of pain. Patience, finding the right medical care help, but also to hear we are not alone. Best wishes everyone!!

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Began with the choking feeling a few years ago and subsequently diagnosed with Hashimotos
Recently the feeling came back even worse and nodes (benign) were found on the non Hashimoto side... may sound strange but I’m so glad to have found this group to see that I’m not alone.

My endocrinologist didn’t get why i had the choking sensation except for the placement of the node. Hopefully mine will subside a little in time. Hoping to find the “triggers “ so that I can avoid them in the future

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Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences.
I have been having my enlarged thyroid monitored by the MD for about 4 years now but it is always normal functioning. I was recently diagnosed as having generalized anxiety and began experiencing pressure in my neck that takes my breath away. it is very mild but still disturbing. I have noticed a trend of people mentioning this pressure and having anxiety as well, does anyone know if is there a connection? Does the thyroid contribute to anxiety in some way or vice-versa?

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Greetings to all, I have posted here several times looking for any information that could help me. I am still having the pressure feeling in my throat that drives me crazy. Now along with the pressure feeling in my throat I am feeling a tightest in my chest and lungs that stays with me 24/7. I have had every test ran known to man and all I get is your healthy. Has anyone else experienced the chest/lung tightness? When I breathe in it feels like I need a little more oxygen.

Darrell

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Well, no help with the steroids. Stopped after a year and a half. Apologize for not responding sooner. Been away from the computer. Relocated, hope to find a new doctor. I also developed migraines in the past 18 yrs. Figured it was due to work environment, wastewater treatment plants. Been good catching up on all the comments. I will have more questions for the next doctor. Travis and everyone, hope all is well or at least better.

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My daughter is 16 she's had this choking feeling since having her tonsil out at aged 12. Since then she has had a choking feeling and also suffers from racing heart rate, extreme weight loss , her hair has begun to fall out she now has started coughing and has a husky sound to her voice and is constantly clearing her throat. She suffers from insomnia, mood swings , depression and irregular periods and erratic bowels movement. She's so upset by the weight loss now 49 kg and 173 cms (she does not have anorexia) she eats but as soon as she does most times will need to go to the vathroom. and it's causing her to become more withdrawn.
I have spoken to the Dr she's was diagnosed with irratiable syndrome and is us having a scope done on Friday as they don't know what is causing the swallowing use. I've noticed the swelling in her throat but at this point no one has looked at the possibility of hyperthyroidism due to her age.
The more I investigate her symptoms the more I believe she shows all of the signs to a thyroid problem.
My question is Is it possible that at her age could she be a candidate for hyperthyroidism. It's to the point here it's affecting everything in her life School, work friendships and home life. She's so sad and scared

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Sounds like she needs to be evaluated by an endocrinologist. She has
symptoms classic to thyroid issues based on everything I know. Not only have I dealt with this with my daughter but I am a retired nurse. Best of luck,hope you guys get some answers and she feels better soon.

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