When I swallow my throat feels like there is something in it?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When I swallow, my throat often feels like there is something stuck in it. It’s a really uncomfortable sensation and can be quite distressing. After doing some research and speaking with my doctor, I’ve learned that there are a few common causes for this feeling, known as globus pharyngeus.

One of the main causes of globus pharyngeus is anxiety. When we’re feeling stressed or anxious, our body can respond in various ways, and one of those ways is by causing muscle tension in the throat. This tension can create the sensation of something being stuck or lodged in the throat, even though there’s nothing physically there. I’ve definitely noticed that this feeling tends to occur more when I’m feeling particularly stressed or anxious about something.

Another common cause of globus pharyngeus is gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short. This is a condition where the stomach’s contents, including stomach acid, flow back up into the esophagus and sometimes even up into the throat. The acid can irritate and inflame the throat, leading to muscle spasms that can mimic the feeling of something being stuck. I’ve experienced symptoms of GERD in the past, such as heartburn and acid reflux, so it’s possible that this could be contributing to my globus pharyngeus symptoms as well.

In addition to anxiety and GERD, there can be other causes of globus pharyngeus. These can include muscle tension or spasms in the throat unrelated to anxiety, allergies or post-nasal drip, and even certain medications. It’s important to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

To manage the discomfort of globus pharyngeus, there are a few things I’ve found helpful. First, practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation can help to reduce overall anxiety levels and alleviate muscle tension in the throat. Additionally, avoiding trigger foods and drinks that may worsen symptoms of GERD, such as spicy or acidic foods, caffeine, and alcohol, can also be beneficial. Finally, staying hydrated and maintaining good throat health by drinking plenty of water and avoiding irritants like smoking or excessive throat clearing can help to alleviate symptoms.

Experiencing the feeling of something stuck in the throat, or globus pharyngeus, can be quite uncomfortable. It’s important to identify any underlying causes, such as anxiety or GERD, and work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized treatment plan. By addressing the root cause and implementing strategies to manage symptoms, it is possible to find relief from this distressing sensation.