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I have been very very stressed out the past few days, can that cause a lump in the back of my head near my neck?

I have been very very stressed out the past few days, can that cause a lump in the back of my head near my neck?

Stress effects?: You used "very" twice, so it sounds like your stress is extra high. You don't mention a headache. Tension or stress headaches are common. It sounds like muscle tension that could be related to your stress. That is no substitute for a good evaluation by a trained physician. If your symptoms persist, expand, or you are just worried, then see a doctor. ...Read more

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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What causes severe bloating & fullness with horrible belching, as well as a lump in the throat feeling?! I've been very stressed lately. Any relation?

What causes severe bloating & fullness with horrible belching, as well as a lump in the throat feeling?! I've been very stressed lately. Any relation?

Swallowing air: When people get anxious they sometimes develop aerophagia, or excessive swallowing of air. This causes severe bloating and belching. A consultation with a gadtroenterologist is indicated to rule out other conditions. Please read the excellent article referenced below regarding description, treatment, and evaluation and differential diagnosis.
www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/776875_4. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can cause a lump in throat feeling? It's making me nauseous. I keep trying to burp it away, but it comes right back. Stress? Indigestion?

What can cause a lump in throat feeling? It's making me nauseous. I keep trying to burp it away, but it comes right back. Stress? Indigestion?

Globus sensation: This is a common sensation that is poorly understood. It's not dangerous, and may be related to stress. It is often seen in people with reflux disease. See you primary care if it is bothersome enough, or persistent. Ask if a referral to a GI specialist is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can cause a lump in the throat feeling w/ extra saliva? It's making me nauseous. I try to burp it away, but it doesn't help. Stress? Indigestion?

What can cause a lump in the throat feeling w/ extra saliva? It's making me nauseous. I try to burp it away, but it doesn't help. Stress? Indigestion?

Too many: There are too many possibilities to list in this limited forum. As a general rule any pain, bleeding or (as in your case) swelling should be investigated. Please call your primary care physician. Referral to an ear/nose/throat specialist may be a viable option. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Usually: Get a good massage. If that does not get the kink out see your family doc for evaluation and possible pt and treatment for anxiety if present. A couple of days of muscle relaxants could work well also. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Lump, under right ear in neck causing me to stress. What should I do?

Lump, under right ear in neck causing me to stress. What should I do?

See your PCP ASAP!: Only a direct evaluation of any mass (swollen area of tissue), can fully determine whether the cause is infectious, or more serions. See you doc asap. ...Read more

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Lump in throat feeling due to stress and anxiety?

Lump in throat feeling due to stress and anxiety?

Possible: Globus sensation, which is the sensation of food stuck in through when under stress or anxiety happens to some people. The mechanism is unclear. ...Read more

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I have a choking/lump feeling in my throat. Been there on and off for weeks now. Throat doesn't hurt. But it's stressing me out!!

I have a choking/lump feeling in my throat. Been there on and off for weeks now. Throat doesn't hurt. But it's stressing me out!!

Throat lump on and: Off with no pain is hard to tell without a thorough history and examination. Assuming throat examination is unremarkable then consideration should be given Globus Hysterica ...Read more

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Past 3 days been feeling lump in throat when I swallow, been told its anxiety. I don't think it is, it happens when I'm not stressed?

Past 3 days been feeling lump in throat when I swallow, been told its anxiety. I don't think it is, it happens when I'm not stressed?

Probably not serious: Feeling a painless lump in the throat on swallowing is quite often a stress symptom in female patients. It is oftentimes described as "having a ball in my throat" (Globus pharyngis) If there is no difficulty swallowing normal size pieces of food (i.e. You don't have to cut your food into tiny pieces to swallow) it's is not likely there is anything serious causing it. See Wiki http://bit. Ly/1oi9joX ...Read more

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Feeling lump when swallow in my throat when I'm anxious/stressed. Feel a cough coming, could this be cancer/tumor?

Feeling lump when swallow in my throat when I'm anxious/stressed. Feel a cough coming, could this be cancer/tumor?

Anxiety Symptoms.: The sensation of a dry mouth, difficulty swallowing and the feeling that there is a lump in the throat is a common anxiety symptom. At your age - a malignancy is not a likely cause. You can always be medically checked for chronic symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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On/off lump feeling in throat when stressed. When I'm not, I feel it when I swallow if I focus. Is this cancer/tumor? Scared..

On/off lump feeling in throat when stressed. When I'm not, I feel it when I swallow if I focus. Is this cancer/tumor? Scared..

Hermanita, at your..: ...age it would be very unlikely to have throat or esophageal cancer. Many things can cause the symptoms you describe, including anxiety, so I suggest you visit your doctor for a full evaluation. If you use tobacco products or drink in excess, stop now. Saludos boricuas. ...Read more

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On/off lump sensation in throat w/some press. In jaw. Comes when anxious/stressed. Might be getting sick, feeling slight cough. Cancer/tumor??

On/off lump sensation in throat w/some press. In jaw. Comes when anxious/stressed. Might be getting sick, feeling slight cough. Cancer/tumor??

Anxiety: Symptoms of anxiety can include uncontrolled worrying, restlessness, increased muscle tension (including jaw), sense of lump in throat irritability, problems with sleep & concentration as well as feeling tired. The sx's you described are suggestive of anxiety. At 19 years old throat/ oral cancer is not likely. ...Read more

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Hello Dr ziring I have had a very bad bout of stress for a couple of months, recently for the last 3 weeks I've had a lump in my throat moving about below Adams apple, I read It might be global? Since I've then been in a viscous circle worrying about the

Hello Dr ziring I have had a very bad bout of stress for a couple of months, recently for the last 3 weeks I've had a lump in my throat moving about below Adams apple, I read It might be global? Since I've then been in a viscous circle worrying about the

Incomplete question.: Your question is incomplete. There is a 150 character limit to questions here. Also, if you want to talk to a specific doctor, see if that doctor is available on Healthtap Concierge. Otherwise, no doctor is required to post here and some do so often and so do so rarely. ...Read more

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I have a verry stress job. Can it reactivate my subclinical hypotiroid? I have again anxiety, depress, a lump in the throat and i' m verry emotive.

I have a verry stress job. Can it reactivate my subclinical hypotiroid? I have again anxiety, depress, a lump in the throat and i' m verry emotive.

Actually what you: Are describing sounds like symptoms from your anxiety and depressive disorders. Although it is important to address thyroid issues, what are you doing about your emotional needs? Are you working with a pyschologist or a psychiatrist. When life is stressful, sometimes we need to take extra good care of ourselves. ...Read more

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"Lump in throat" feeling and feeling very anxious. Been very stressed lately. No pain, no sore throat, no choking or trouble breathing. Anxiety?

"Lump in throat" feeling and feeling very anxious. Been very stressed lately. No pain, no sore throat, no choking or trouble breathing. Anxiety?

Get checked: Emily....I find that anxiety is the proximate result of infection intracranially at the occiput / Infection can be measured with biomarker l-homocysteine. ABeta above 300 nanograms makes a person prone to anxiety. Have a MD check your throat for issues. I have seen many pts with mold toxins in throat. Urine test can diagnose. ...Read more

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Do I have gastritis or do I have silent reflux and IBS from all my anxiety stress? I burp, taste acid, feel bloated, constipated, lump in throat

Do I have gastritis or do I have silent reflux and IBS from all my anxiety stress? I burp, taste acid, feel bloated, constipated, lump in throat

All wrapped up: Hard to say. Sounds like you have a variety of symptoms. I would see a gastroenterologist to start with. Also make some lifestyle modifications to reduce the symptoms. Just Google GERD and you will find many recommendations. ...Read more

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31 m got a echo / nucl stress test / ekg / holter chest ctscan / bronchoscopy / Endo / vq / thyroid test CBC / panel blood rule out heart and lung? . still having vibrating heart beats / throat lump feeling chest fullness shallow breath / headaches

31 m got a echo / nucl stress test / ekg / holter chest ctscan / bronchoscopy / Endo / vq / thyroid test CBC / panel blood rule out heart and lung? . still having vibrating heart beats / throat lump feeling chest fullness shallow breath / headaches

Detailed history: It sounds like you have a complex situation and have already had extensive testing. These little text boxes are not big enough to go through all the details, which is what a doctor would need to be able to help. You might consider a second opinion inbox consult here on HealthTap where you can share the records of your tests and have them reviewed. ...Read more