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Swallowed A Spider?

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 4, 2006
  • 10:57 AM

I'm a 19 year old female who, up to this point, has been in good health.

For some reason it is literally impossible for me to sleep on my back. I just find it very uncomfortable, even when it IS quite comfortable, like when I put a pillow under my legs or lower back to keep my body from being so painfully flat (dead weight-like). Two nights ago I found that lying on my back wasn't as awful as usual. So I fell asleep on my back. I'm not certain, but I think my mouth was open --- I've been gritting my teeth so hard that I'm denting my fillings, so when I lay down I made a conscious effort to relax my jaw.

Later during the night I woke up with this INCREDIBLE pain in the right side of my neck. It was so bad I thought I was having a nightmare. I was still lying on my back and the pain was intense; it felt like something was pressing ******n my neck from the inside. I swallowed and felt a lump. My throat was very dry, so I coughed. The lump seemed to dislodge from where it was for a moment but immediately sank back to its original position.

The pain hasn't stopped since then. Today I drank a huge glass of water to see if I could wash this thing down, WHATEVER it is, but I couldn't. It's so creepy to think I have a dead spider lodged in my throat! Do you think that's what it is? Or is it something else, like... a swollen gland or a lymph node or something?

Details:
Slept on back
Mouth most likely open
Woke up with "pressing" pain in throat
Pain is intense, feels like something is there (as opposed to just having a sore neck or muscle pain)
Object moves when swallowing, coughing

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  • Thanks for the help. *heavy sarcasm*As of today, the pain is completely gone. I'm glad the problem is gone but the fact that I slept on my back with my mouth slightly open and woke up with horrific pain and a lump in my throat, and after four(?) days the pain is gone, reinforces my assumption that I had a spider lodged in my throat (and have now forced it down and swallowed it completely). Jeez. I thought people who swallowed spiders never found out about it...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
    • 10:34 AM
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  • don't worry, nobody is replying to my post either. I think b/c I mentioned my job in it, god FORBID. Thank god you feel better, how creepy!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 07:27 AM
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  • probably no one answered as no one truely had no idea what the problem was..
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:26 AM
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