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?
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