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Extreme pain swallowing and severe stiff neck

  • Posted By: Jintexas
  • December 30, 2009
  • 09:36 AM

I went to the ER yesterday and came up with no diagnosis but something feels very wrong. CT scans were clear and blood test were ok. Severe pain while swallowing. The anti inflammatory they gave me seemed to help a bit. No fever, strep was negative. When I swallow, it doesn't feel like a sore throat pain, it seems to radiate through the back of my neck. It's so painful that I try to spit my saliva rather than swallow. It's simply the swallowing motion that's painful, doesn't matter if I'm actually swallowing anything or not. The neck is so stiff that I cannot move it up or down, can't touch chon to chest or look up at the ceiling. I am an otherwise healthy 31 year old woman with no medical history of any significance. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • What did it turn out to be? I have these symptoms right now. Doctor's visit was inconclusive for me.
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  • It wasn't anything. I think it was from some strenuous activity I had done the day before it all started. I still can't figure it out to this day. However, the doctor gave me muscle relaxant and pain reliever and it started to feel better right away. Within the next day, it was all gone.
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  • I went to the ER yesterday and came up with no diagnosis but something feels very wrong. CT scans were clear and blood test were ok. Severe pain while swallowing. The anti inflammatory they gave me seemed to help a bit. No fever, strep was negative. When I swallow, it doesn't feel like a sore throat pain, it seems to radiate through the back of my neck. It's so painful that I try to spit my saliva rather than swallow. It's simply the swallowing motion that's painful, doesn't matter if I'm actually swallowing anything or not. The neck is so stiff that I cannot move it up or down, can't touch chon to chest or look up at the ceiling. I am an otherwise healthy 31 year old woman with no medical history of any significance. Any help would be appreciated.I've had similar for more than one year. Since the healthcare providers have no understanding or sollution to the problem, I had to find it out myself. I need to say that the pain in my throat got so severe I couldn't stay at work, I thought I was going crazy and I didn't manage myself at home. At worst I didn't want to live...No examinations of the throat or swallow will reveal any cause of the pain. (I did CT, MR, Videofluoroscopy, bariumswallow, roentgen, ENT). The only thing making severe pain and not visible on "pictures" is air-pressure!!!I found out that the swallowing pain, was due to eustachian tubes that didn't open up and elevate "excessive air" from the mouth while swallowing. (That's why it hurts more swallowing saliva and pills than mouthfulls of food and drink). I guess the muscles in the swallow locks the air in and starts fighting to get it down, while the air doesn't act in that wayDo you have squeezing sound from your throat after swallowing saliva as well? If this is your condition, it's nothing wrong with your throat that makes it hurts. It's the air trapped in your throat and swallowing muscles struggelig, that makes the terrible pain.Approach for treatmentI've read that eustachian tubes may function properly if neck-muscles are tensed, as with TMJ-disorder.I can't understand why the eustachian tubes totally stopped opening, but I opened my tubes by using neti-pot and Vasalvas manoevre (pressing air to the ears, to make them pop).WARNING: be careful if considering to combine having water in your noseswallow and press water into the eustachian tubes. I hurt my self and got a terrible tinnitus.In additiion to "wettening" the opening of the eustachian tubes, that's in your noseswallow, I guess you should get treatment for your neck as well.Before this swallowing issue struck me, I used to go to an naprapat. I have my first visit at physiotherapeut this week. I hope loosing up tensed muscles will make my eustachian tube function properly again.If the neti-pot works and you get treatment for your neck, please write a comment for my feedback.
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    • August 20, 2012
    • 08:39 AM
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  • I have the same thing happening. Have you been able to get a diagnosis or reply?
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    • October 4, 2014
    • 07:53 PM
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