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Today i suddenly felt a painful lump in throat sensation, especially painful when swallowing. i also have a slight ache in my ear when swallowing

Today i suddenly felt a painful lump in throat sensation, especially painful when swallowing. i also have a slight ache in my ear when swallowing

Depends: It can be signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. When the throat is inflamed or fighting an infection, they can become swollen. You can experience pain when swallowing. Check if there are other symptoms associated like fever, malaise, ear discharge. I suggest supportive care like rest, chicken soup and NSAIDs. If sx worsen go to your Doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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Lump In Throat (Definition)

This is a general term describing a symptom, not a disease/disorder. The medical description is globus sensation. It can occur by simply crying (temporary), but if persistent, can indicate something more concerning like esophageal reflux, muscle spasm, iron deficiency, ...Read more


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I have a non-painful lump in my throat. I'm 23 and have been smoking 4-5 cigarettes/day for 3 years, is there a risk it could be a tumor?

I have a non-painful lump in my throat. 
I'm 23 and have been smoking 4-5 cigarettes/day for 3 years, is there a risk it could be a tumor?

Lump in throat: Fortunately, the likelihood of having a malignant tumor would be pretty low. However, this needs to be checked out with an otolaryngologist soon. You need a flexible laryngoscopy to look down your throat and see what is going on. ...Read more

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I feel a growing painful lump in my throat to chest when I burp. Super painful. I recently had the flu and still have a bad cough what is it? It hurts

I feel a growing painful lump in my throat to chest when I burp. Super painful. I recently had the flu and still have a bad cough what is it? It hurts

Could be many things: Something like that could be an esophageal ulcer, polyp or just plain irritation. A gastroenterologist can perform an endoscopy and look for structural abnormalities. ...Read more

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My doctor told me i had a swollen thyroid when i went to see her about a painful lump in my throat, is this serious and connected to my back spasms?

My doctor told me i had a swollen thyroid when i went to see her about a painful lump in my throat, is this serious and connected to my back spasms?

Not related to back: Enlarged thyroids are usually not painful unless there is inflammation (subacute thyroiditis). A thyroid ultrasound and thyroid function tests can help figure this out. Subacute thyroiditis resolves after a few months. Back pain is usually not connected to thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Why do I get a painful hard white lump in my throat when i occasionally eat?

Why do I get a painful hard white lump in my throat when i occasionally eat?

Hard throat lump: There are many causes dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. Major obstructions like enlarged tonsils can cause this. Reflux disease can also cause it, as well as an embedded foreign body. Finally, there are some anatomic deformities which can lead to symptoms, including diverticular disease of the upper digestive tract. It is wise to see a phyisican--gi or general surgeon--for an exam. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this painful lump in left side of throat and armpit?

Unusual combination : See your doctor for an evaluation. These areas, throat and armpit, are not directly related and may indicate a more systemic or "whole body" issue. Without a lot more information including looking in your throat a feeling the lump in your armpit it's very hard to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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Lump in throat sensation for a few months on and off. Am also getting painful lump on roof or mouth. can scratch off but painful. They come on and off?

Lump in throat sensation for a few months on and off. Am also getting painful lump on roof or mouth. can scratch off but painful. They come on and off?

Lump in mouth: Do you smoke? The lump on roof of mouth--- what color? Is it off-white? When scratching, does it bleed? Difficulty swallowing? Major dental work before this problem started? Tonsils/adenoids previously removed? When lump in throat occurs, is there swelling of tongue, lips, or roof of mouth? Please see your regular doctor for exam when symptoms recur. ...Read more

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Sore gland on left side of neck. Feels swollen compared to right side. Painful when burp, feels like lump in throat on that side.. Why could this be?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Have lump in throat on right side bit dore to swalloe?

Have lump in throat on right side bit dore to swalloe?

See DR.: See doctor to examine throat and tonsil area. Do not delay since it can affect the airway also. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lump in throat?

Throat lump (globus): This is a general term describing a symptom, not a disease/disorder. The medical description is globus sensation. It can occur by simply crying (temporary), but if persistent, can indicate something more concerning like esophageal reflux, muscle spasm, iron deficiency, or even a mass. ...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