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Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Constantly clearing my throat, feel like lump & spasms to throat, fluid in ears, difficulty breathing. Dr thinks allergies\rads. I think silent reflux.

Silent Reflux: You described your symptoms beautifully and these are exactly the symptoms patients complain of when they suffer with larygopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux. Part of the exam that you need is a laryngeal exam, either with a mirror or a flexible scope. This should provide the "missing link" that should lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment. Your description is spot on. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Pain in front of neck under adams apple, trouble swallowing, breathing gets difficult? . I am a 29 yr old female with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia

Pain in front of neck under adams apple, trouble swallowing, breathing gets difficult? . I am a 29 yr old female with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia

Many possibilities: The hypothyroidism might contribute to this if your thyroid is quite large and/or your thyroid medication isn't properly adjusted. You might need an ultrasound and blood work. Fibromyalgia might also play a role in the symptoms. It could be many other things that need sorting out with your doctor. ...Read more

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I noticed my uvula was swollen & touching the back of my tongue. I've had trouble breathing. I have to keep clearing my throat/coughing? For 2months.

I noticed my uvula was swollen & touching the back of my tongue. I've had trouble breathing. I have to keep clearing my throat/coughing? For 2months.

See ENT: Symptoms you are describing go hand in hand with uvula swelling. It would be good to know why you've had swelling for 2 months and determine how best to resolve it. See an ENT specialist for a complete head and neck exam. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Post nasal drip?: Most people I know with this symptom have post nasal drip. It's drainage from sinus cavities going down the back of throat and causes either cough, tickling or other irritation. Can be mild to severe. Ask doctor for suggestions, confirmation, tx or referral if you feel too irritated. Best! ...Read more

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Small knot in between chin and throat. Trouble breathing constant feeling of something stuck in top of my throat, hoarse and trouble swallowing?

Small knot in between chin and throat. Trouble breathing constant feeling of something stuck in top of my throat, hoarse and trouble swallowing?

See doc....: Shortness of breath is a serious symptom and with difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, etc. Could be indicative of a problem in your upper airway. If the shortness of breath is worsening, go to the nearest er right away. See a doctor as soon as possible to get this diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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38y f. Twitch right eye. Tremor in head&neck. Constant headache for 3mo. Trouble breathing. Balance off&vertigo. Walking difficult. Trip often. Pain. Advise?

38y f. Twitch right eye. Tremor in head&neck. Constant headache for 3mo. Trouble breathing. Balance off&vertigo. Walking difficult. Trip often. Pain. Advise?

Neurophthalmologist: Your symptoms need complete neurophthalmology evaluation. Twitching of eye lid alone should not be a problem, however, with headache, sob, vertigo may mean something much more significant. ...Read more

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It feels like I'm being stabbed, I'm having trouble breathing like someone is squeezing my lungs and throat. What could be wrong?

It feels like I'm being stabbed, I'm having trouble breathing like someone is squeezing my lungs and throat. What could be wrong?

Symptom: I hope your pain isn't as severe as a stab would be. Nevertheless if you're that uncomfortable you should get seen to evaluate what's going on. There are lots of possibilities and not enough info here to speculate. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux kill you? Cause with the trouble breathing and throat tensing up... I feel like im dieing.

Can acid reflux kill you? Cause with the trouble breathing and throat tensing up... I feel like im dieing.

Get treated: With omeprazole or the like. It will not kill you in th short term but Barret's esophagus results in many years, it is associated with ca of esophagus sometimes ...Read more

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Laryngopharyngeal reflux. What are the symptoms? I have cobblestones in back of throat and trouble breathing? Any true tests to show it's causing this

Laryngopharyngeal reflux. What are the symptoms? I have cobblestones in back of throat and trouble breathing? Any true tests to show it's causing this

LERD suspected: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize lerd. ...Read more

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Can excess swallowing cause throat tightness or trouble breathing?

Can excess swallowing cause throat tightness or trouble breathing?

No: Excess swallowing should not cause these symptoms. Talk with primary doctor about your complaints to determine if something else is causing these symptoms (i.e. asthma, acid reflux, etc.). ...Read more

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I am having trouble breathing and have a really dry cough that hurts my throat as well as not being able to talk much help?

I am having trouble breathing and have a really dry cough that hurts my throat as well as not being able to talk much help?

Go to ER...: Shortness of breath can be s life-threatening symptom. Possible etiologies for your symptoms include acute bronchitis from viral or bacterial origin, bronchospasm from any etiology, etc. Depending on your other symptoms, the etiology of your shortness of breath can be cardiac, musculoskeletal, pulmonary, etc. You need to go to the er to be diagnosed and then treated. Call 911 if there's no ride! ...Read more

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Servere external pain on left side of throat. Trouble breathing or swallowing on the left side w/o soreness. Feels like a sort of blockage. Help?

Servere external pain on left side of throat. Trouble breathing or swallowing on the left side w/o soreness. Feels like a sort of blockage. Help?

ENT: See a otolaryngologist (ENT) for an evaluation. It could be nothing or something that will go away or something very serious. ...Read more

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Feel like my throat is swelling, do not have trouble breathing-benedryl 25mg does not fix it-is is possible that it is not swelling?

Feel like my throat is swelling, do not have trouble breathing-benedryl 25mg does not fix it-is is possible that it is not swelling?

See doc ASAP!!: If your throat feels like it is swelling, you need to see a doctor right away. You may not feel short of breath right away but you could still be in a dangerous situation. Only a doctor examining you can know for sure whether or not your throat is actually swelling. Be cautious and get to a doctor now, especially with a history of angioedema! ...Read more

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I just got eating spicy chips. Now my throat is swollen and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm really scared what can I do to make it go away?

I just got eating spicy chips. Now my throat is swollen and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm really scared what can I do to make it go away?

Call 911!!!: If you are having throat swelling and shortness of breath, you need to call 911 NOW! You may be having an allergic reaction and this could become life-threatening if left untreated. It is easily treated but not at home-you need to be treated in an emergency room NOW. Get off the computer and make the phone call immediately!!! ...Read more

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Has anyone with anxiety-based throat tightness/difficulty breathing been treated with a PEP exhaling device?

Has anyone with anxiety-based throat tightness/difficulty breathing been treated with a PEP exhaling device?

Anxiety Sob: Never tired that but some get relief by breathing into a paper bag. This lets CO2 build up and may decrease the anxiety. Give it a try for say 5-10 min and get back with us. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has been sick for nine months. She complains of lumps on her head, tightness of her throat, difficulty breathing, stiff neck. Why?

My girlfriend has been sick for nine months. She complains of lumps on her head, tightness of her throat, difficulty breathing, stiff neck. Why?

Time for a visit: This spectrum of symptoms deserves a full history/physical & appropriate testing by someone who knows the patient. Try to schedule a workup within the next week with her doc so the evaluation can begin to track down the issues involved. ...Read more

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I am experiencing throat tightness (worsened by: eating certain foods, psychological stress) and difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, p...

I am experiencing throat tightness (worsened by: eating certain foods, psychological stress) and difficulty breathing (worsened by: lying flat, p...

These symptoms: Sound anxiety related more than an organic illness. It would be reasonable to discuss this with your health care provider to be certain. ...Read more

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Nasel conjestion, trouble breathing, head blockage, dizzy, faint, vision, throat, ?

If you have trouble: Breathing - that would be a reason to seek medical care promptly. In the meantime: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink water, my throat feels closed and I have trouble breathing. What could this be? I already am diagnosed with chronic urticaria

Whenever I drink water, my throat feels closed and I have trouble breathing. What could this be? I already am diagnosed with chronic urticaria

How long?: If the swallowing problem is intermittent and usually occurs with your hives, then we need to rule out swelling at your throat. In this case, see an allergist. If the throat closure is a persistent problem, then you need to consult an ENT. ...Read more

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Why do I have trouble breathing when walking? Feels like liquid is in my throats chest?

Why do I have trouble breathing when walking? Feels like liquid is in my throats chest?

Need Evaluation: Hello,

Becoming short of breath while walking or exerting yourself should never be ignored. Please be evaluated as soon as possible, preferably in an emergency department. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more