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Strang Popping Feeling in Front of Throat with Fainting

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  • Posted By: laura_usf
  • July 30, 2011
  • 11:46 PM

Im 21 years old and I have been having this weird "popping sensation" for at least 4 or so years. Otherwise Im very healthy so any kind of direction or test I should get would be greatly appreciated!!

On the left side of my neck about an inch under my jaw I get a strange, random popping feeling like something is coming out of place. The pain last for a couple of seconds and then it goes back to normal. It ranges in intensity but it is normally around a 6-10. It normally happens when I am turning my head, most likely to the left but it happens when I move my head up and down to and when Im talking. I get the pain maybe 3 or 4 times a week and it really hurts!

I could live with the pain but what is really concerning is on 2 different occasions I have fainted. The first time I was passed out was 1.5 years ago and I started getting warm and blacking out and then I passed out. When I was unconscious I felt like I was in a really deep sleep. When I woke up I felt really comfortable and that nothing was wrong. People around me said I was snoring and making funny noises but I didnt lose control of my bladder. About a year later the exact same thing happened with the same symptoms but I was able to tell I was about to faint. Both times the pain was pretty extreme.

As for doctors and tests Ive seen PLENTY! So let me know if Im missing anything

ENT: ordered CT scan with contrast after 1st fainting incident. Normal except I had a swollen lymph node on left side

Dentist: Same time as CT scan found that I had an infection on the left side probably due to wisdom teeth removed and the cause of the swollen lymph node.

I do have TMJ.. could that be the cause??

Family Doctor: PAC found during physical

Cardiologist: Ordered ultrasound of heart and carotid artery both normal

Neurologist: I seem perfectly fine. Doesn't think it is seizures

The only other relevant information I think is that every since I was little I have always had a problem with violently throwing up. Whenever I was sick I would spend all day gagging in the toilet and I still throw up very easily and harshly. Could I have stretch out some ligaments or muscles?

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  • I am a neurologist seeing a patient (male, 20-ish) currently who has experienced symptoms virtually identical to what you describe (except his is the right side of the neck). His episodes began shortly after a rollover motor vehicle collision in which he did not sustain any serious trauma. Like the docs you have seen, I got nuthin. I highly doubt this is psychiatric or some type of "pseudoseizure." MRI imaging of brain and neck and MRA head/neck and CTA head/neck all normal. I am going to do an EEG, and pending those results perhaps a tilt table test and/or referral to an ENT.I am trying to help my patient, and I am wondering if you have had any luck in getting a diagnosis or if there are any treatments which have helped to alleviate the fainting episodes.
    Mr. A. Nonymous 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello! I'm wondering if you were ever able to figure out what was happening with you?? My husband has these EXACT symptoms! The first time it happened was about 7 or 8 years ago. Then it just happened again last week. He has an appointment with his doctor this Wednesday. I'm hoping he will order an MRI. I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping you can respond. I would really like to know what is causing this. It's a very scary thing. Have you found an answer??
    l1ttle_0ne 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the exact same thing! Anyone ever find out the cause? Not sure what doctor to see! I live in fear that I will turn my neck the wrong way while driving and pass out!
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  • I have this too, hopefully you still go online .did you ever et any answers? I'm 17 and don't know what's happening
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • November 14, 2014
    • 09:26 PM
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  • I have a son-in-law, age 36, who has neck popping with fainting. He experienced his first episode in 2010 where he had a 'pop' in the neck while he was sitting in a chair and the next think he knew was woke up and had no clue of where he was at or what had happened. His presenting symptoms if on the left side of his neck, about 2 inches below the jaw along the groove just anterior to the carotid artery, he will experience a 'pop'. There are different 'pops' that vary from mild with no other associated symptoms, big 'pops' where he will have tunnel vision and bigger 'pops' where he will feel himself starting to black out and knows he had better sit down. There is no precipitating factor. It is not triggered by head/neck motion and can occur when sitting or standing. No history of head of neck trauma. With these occurrences that have been witnessed, there is no seizure like activity. A Carotid Doppler study, which was negative. I would be interested to hear what others have found.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 19, 2016
    • 00:43 PM
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  • I have not had the pop, but have been suffering this for 5 years now. I was diagnosed two years ago with sternocleidomastoid syndrome the second time I saw my ENT. I saw him the first time and he had no idea after the MRI and hearing test came back fine. But the second time I went to see him he had come from a conference all about this and instantly knew my diagnosis!!! It can cause a host of symptoms, it is the sternocleidomastoid muscle group, fainting is one of them. The treatment he said is massage and physiotherapy for the neck and trapeze (shoulder muscles) This can be caused by doing office work for too long sittinf, painting or other things where you are looking or reaching above your head for long periods or repetitively and is common with whiplash injuries. I am hoping this helps anyone out there suffering.
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  • Hi - I have very very similar symptoms and am not sure what to do. I fainted 3+ years ago and after going to the doctors was told it was nothing to be worried about and could be due to stress, dehydration, etc. My ECG test came back normal. I told them that I felt this weird "pop" as if something was in my throat. I had not experienced it again until a week ago, where I turned my neck and felt the same "pop" and felt something was in my throat. I ended up fainting very briefly and was fine and alert as soon as I fell down. I am not entirely sure what to do , any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks!
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