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  • Posted By: taylor3100
  • August 27, 2007
  • 03:34 PM

I really don't no where to start. I just notice that my throat has been changing within the year. First I've notice that I get small pain {****k feeling} in my throat, nothing severe, and then it goes away. Second, I would get this gurgling feeling in my throat, which my doctor thought it could be acid reflux. Third, I have to clear my throat pretty often and notice that my throat tightens up sometimes. I'm a 41 year old female and I know that some women my age goes through something’s in life, especially with menopause and/or body changes. I'm really concerned about myself. I just visited the ENT a few weeks ago and she saw a lil swelling down in my throat, which I also mentioned to her that I do sing. But for precaution, she decided set up a "Barium" test to be clear. I actually take it this week on Thursday, Aug 30th. In the meantime, has anyone had a situation like this? Thank you!! :confused:

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  • I had something like this, and was later diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. To check on this possibility, have a simple blood test done that measures thyroid antibodies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 04:33 PM
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  • Thank you Fauve for your reply. Have you ever had a Barium test done before or what lead you to have more blood work done? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 05:17 PM
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  • ;) Thank you Fauve for your reply. Have you ever had a Barium test before or what made you decide to follow-up with more blood work? Thanks again.
    taylor3100 6 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 05:22 PM
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  • Did the doctor mention angioedema? This is a specific kind of swelling in the throat. If so, you need to look up angioedema and hereditary angioedema.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 06:17 PM
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  • ;) Thank you Aquila for you reply. When I visited my ENT doctor, she only mentioned that she would like for me to follow-up with the Barium test and then she'll take it from there. You know when you look up some things on the web, it can be very scary. I do love this web site, I see that I'm not the only one that is going through things. Also, it helps to also ask the doctors specific questions when visiting them. Thanks again for the information!! Have a pleasant day
    taylor3100 6 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • I had a barium swallow too. If you have gastroesophageal reflux this test may show it. Or it may show nothing at all. In my case, it showed nothing even though I was aspirating (inhaling) my own sputum (spit) at least once a week. Reflux would be likely to make your throat irritated. If that's the diagnosis you end up with, they'll give you drugs to treat the reflux. If you get relief, you'll be all set! But if not, keep a copy of this thread handy for a few months to refer back to. Give the drugs a few months to work. But if they don't work, consider questioning the diagnosis. The term "swelling" concerns me. That's not usually a sign of reflux. FYI they thought I had "reflux" too. I wasted a year's worth of money on reflux drugs at higher and higher doses before they finally decided I didn't have reflux at all. Doctors are trained to look for common answers to problems, and that's what they try first. Just be aware that the common things aren't always whats really going on. Definitely follow your doctor's advice. You're dead-on there. But if the advice doesn't work for you over time, consider other possibilities. Good luck.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 08:23 PM
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  • Thank you Fauve for your reply. Have you ever had a Barium test done before or what lead you to have more blood work done? Thanks I did not have a barium test done. I think the doctor suspected thyroiditis from the beginning because my mother has a thyroid history. By the way, the thyroiditis doen't appear in my blood tests anymore, and I no longer get that strange, fleeting pain in my throat. If it does turn out to be this it comes and goes - I suspect it may be as simple as too little iodine in my diet, or something innocuous like that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 04:35 PM
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  • Thank you Fauve for your reply. I had the barium test this morning. I'll know the results next week. The test wasn't as bad as some people describes it. I had to take the chalky liquids and then the doctor took xrays of the throat, esophagus and the stomach area. It took about 10-15 minutes for the procedure. I tell you, if it ain't one thing or another. I just turned 41 this year and it seems like everything is hitting me all at once :eek:!! I'll keep you posted. Thanks you again, have a wonderful day.
    taylor3100 6 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 05:05 PM
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