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Throat Clearing

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 24, 2010
  • 10:03 PM

Hi,

I have been having this problem since about a year ago. I have been constantly trying to clear my throat over and over again and cannot stop. I do this because I feel like there is a "mucous-like" substance just hanging off my throat and my body naturally wants to clear that away but it won't.

A doctor looked down my throat from my nose and said he could not find any cancer related problems and said my throat is just fine. Allergy test returned negative.

How consistently I do this ranges from very 3 seconds to maybe up to a minute at the most. This probably is one of the reasons why I cannot fall asleep at night unless I stay up way beyond how long I'm suppose to be awake for and forcefully shut my body down. I can barely feel the sensation when I wake up however; but still can feel it and gets worse as day goes on. I can eat everything just fine, but I do get a bit more intense throat clearing after I'm done eating (but not while I'm eating). It's very frustrating both for me and everyone around me.

I have been reading all over online and I seem to not be able to find an answer still so please, I'd appreciate any help. (Tried taking acid reflux medications, did not work. Tried taking allergy medications, did not work)

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  • im not saying this is your issue but throat clearing and feeling like something is there can happen in anxiety. My father used to do it a lot. Is there a chance you have anxiety?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,I have been having this problem since about a year ago. I have been constantly trying to clear my throat over and over again and cannot stop. I do this because I feel like there is a "mucous-like" substance just hanging off my throat and my body naturally wants to clear that away but it won't. A doctor looked down my throat from my nose and said he could not find any cancer related problems and said my throat is just fine. Allergy test returned negative. How consistently I do this ranges from very 3 seconds to maybe up to a minute at the most. This probably is one of the reasons why I cannot fall asleep at night unless I stay up way beyond how long I'm suppose to be awake for and forcefully shut my body down. I can barely feel the sensation when I wake up however; but still can feel it and gets worse as day goes on. I can eat everything just fine, but I do get a bit more intense throat clearing after I'm done eating (but not while I'm eating). It's very frustrating both for me and everyone around me.I have been reading all over online and I seem to not be able to find an answer still so please, I'd appreciate any help. (Tried taking acid reflux medications, did not work. Tried taking allergy medications, did not work)I am doing all most the exact same thing. I have been doing this for 2 years and they can't find anything yet. I am also having problems breathing and burning sensation on my throat, probably from clearing it so much. If it is anxiety I can live with it. But no one can seem to help. I am on an antidepressant now with no changes. I can relate it is so frustrating. I am seen almost every doctor possible. I am even afraid to go anywhere because am afraid I will have a breathing episode. My neck feel so tight and just feel like I will never get my life back.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the same problem. I clear my throat a lot during the day, but after I eat anything, I clear my throat constantly for hours. I have been doing this for 10 plus years and no doctor seems to care or have any concern for this.
    hdluvr2 1 Replies Flag this Response
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