I finally got rid of the feeling of a lump in my throat, which my doctor diagnosed as globus pharyngeus. This is my story.
It Felt Like There Was a Lump in My Throat
With a few simple lifestyle changes, I finally got rid of the sensation of a lump in my throat. This is good news for me and for other sufferers of globus pharyngeus. My otolaryngologist is the one who diagnosed my condition as cricopharyngeus spasm (aka globus pharyngeus). Okay, that is far too many big words for one sentence. So, let's start from the beginning...
I had been experiencing an annoying sensation that felt like a lump in my throat for a while. Today I saw a head and neck specialist and found out it's not a serious cause for concern. The condition has several names, and is most commonly known as globus pharyngeus.
In this article, I will describe my symptoms, the diagnostic medical procedure, and the simple things I need to do to get rid of the feeling of a lump in my throat.
I am not a medical professional, nor am I offering any medical advice. This page only tells my story.
Symptoms of Globus Pharyngeus
It all started about a month ago with the feeling of a lump in my throat. It's a strange sensation, as I would imagine I would feel if someone were choking me, but not quite enough to actually block the airway. Then I became aware of a few more symptoms, including:
- Feeling of a lump in my throat, which eased during eating
- Mild chest pains
- Heartburn and gas
- Bloated stomach (not always a symptom, but it was for me)
A Few Simple Lifestyle Changes
The best part of my visit to the doctor today was I was told this condition will go away. Just a few simple lifestyle changes for me:
- Reduce stress.
- Elevate my head when I sleep, so my neck is above my stomach.
- Eating certain foods only in the morning, like dairy, acidic fruits (oranges, kiwi fruit, etc.) and no more than one cup of coffee per day.
- If I have a morning cup of coffee, I need to drink an equal amount of water.
- Avoiding fatty foods a few hours before bedtime, and no eating at all within an hour of going to sleep.
- One month of medication, with a follow-up visit to my GP at that time.
Update: After following these suggestions, the lump in throat sensation is now gone!
Anatomy of the Larnyx
So . . . What Is Globus Pharyngeus?
Globus pharyngeus occurs when the cricopharyngeal muscle becomes too tight. This muscle is located behind, and is attached to, the cricoid cartilage. The muscle acts like a sphincter to prevent food from coming back into the mouth after swallowing. When it goes into spasm, it feels like a lump sensation in the throat.
What causes the cricopharyngeal muscle to become too tight, you might ask? Most of the time, it happens as a result of reflux and stress.