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Pain in throat caused by popping

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 10, 2007
  • 03:49 AM

I am 25 and some years ago I remember that randomly I would feel something in my throat "pop" out of place as it seemed, it was extremely painful and it would always immediately pop back. In January "it" "popped" again but did not correct itself. I ended up in the ER and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds thinking maybe it was a throat muscle spasm. The ENT and the neurologist had no different answers even though muscle spasm does not quite fit.

It feels like something near my throat right below my lower jaw pops out of place and is pushing against my esophagus which made it extremely painful each time I swallowed. It has happened 3 or more times since then but will pop back after 5 to 10 seconds. I have NO answers and the doctors I've seen have NO idea.
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  • I am 25 and some years ago I remember that randomly I would feel something in my throat "pop" out of place as it seemed, it was extremely painful and it would always immediately pop back. In January "it" "popped" again but did not correct itself. I ended up in the ER and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds thinking maybe it was a throat muscle spasm. The ENT and the neurologist had no different answers even though muscle spasm does not quite fit. It feels like something near my throat right below my lower jaw pops out of place and is pushing against my esophagus which made it extremely painful each time I swallowed. It has happened 3 or more times since then but will pop back after 5 to 10 seconds. I have NO answers and the doctors I've seen have NO idea.-Throat pain in SoCalTry seeing an Oral Surgeon or a TMJ specialist. It could be a problem with your jaw joint. I'm not a professional, but it's my experience that "medical doctors" (including ENTs) have no clue when it comes to dental/oral problems. Good luck.
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  • Okay this sounds kind of weird but I have the same problem and just recently I figured out that when it happens, all you have to do is grab your esophagus like by your adams apple is (or where it would be if you are a girl) and physically move it back into place. When you do this it pops back into place and stops hurting.
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  • Okay this sounds kind of weird but I have the same problem and just recently I figured out that when it happens, all you have to do is grab your esophagus like by your adams apple is (or where it would be if you are a girl) and physically move it back into place. When you do this it pops back into place and stops hurting.This is kinda late from the original post but this happened to me this morning. It is very scary and gets worse with any movement whether swallowing talking or turning head. It feels like a tiny bone in your throat twists or pops out of place and sticks into the throat muscle. You have to figure out how to pop it back into place which is painful too while trying not to move too much until you can. I just tried to look up a little bit andopened my throat as if saying 'ahh' with mouth closed. It used to happen several years ago and today was the 1st time since then. I just woke up to it. Any ideas on what the problem is please share?!
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    • August 17, 2009
    • 05:14 PM
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  • This is kinda late from the original post but this happened to me this morning. It is very scary and gets worse with any movement whether swallowing talking or turning head. It feels like a tiny bone in your throat twists or pops out of place and sticks into the throat muscle. You have to figure out how to pop it back into place which is painful too while trying not to move too much until you can. I just tried to look up a little bit andopened my throat as if saying 'ahh' with mouth closed. It used to happen several years ago and today was the 1st time since then. I just woke up to it. Any ideas on what the problem is please share?!I have had the same thing happen to me since I was a little kid! I have no idea what it is, but the pain is excruciating! I continually am popping my throat back in place. Any Ideas?
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  • I have had the same thing happen to me since I was a little kid! I have no idea what it is, but the pain is excruciating! I continually am popping my throat back in place. Any Ideas?I have the exact same issue. It doesn't happen often but when it does it is extremely painful. The last couple of times have lasted longer and it took me a good minute or two to get it back into place. I just want to make sure it isn't anything major to be concerned about.
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  • I held in a sneeze three weeks ago and had instant throat pain. It started to improve until this weekDaily News
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  • I have the exact same issue. It doesn't happen often but when it does it is extremely painful. The last couple of times have lasted longer and it took me a good minute or two to get it back into place. I just want to make sure it isn't anything major to be concerned about.I too have had this happen to me since I was a kid. I had my head on the table on my arms, yawned and there it was. By pushing on the right side I could feel it "pop" back. It happened quite often for awhile. I had neck surgery back in March and it didn't happen for awhile. I thought that maybe the surgery helped, but no such luck. It happened again this morning and as always I couldn't swallow. I tried to "pop" it back but it took longer because of my incision spot where the surgery had taken place. I really hope someone finds something out. Because it's getting annoying. If you find anything out, please let me know. You can email me at pslcountrygirl@yahoo.com
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  • I too have had this happen to me since I was a kid. I had my head on the table on my arms, yawned and there it was. By pushing on the right side I could feel it "pop" back. It happened quite often for awhile. I had neck surgery back in March and it didn't happen for awhile. I thought that maybe the surgery helped, but no such luck. It happened again this morning and as always I couldn't swallow. I tried to "pop" it back but it took longer because of my incision spot where the surgery had taken place. I really hope someone finds something out. Because it's getting annoying. If you find anything out, please let me know. You can email me at pslcountrygirl@yahoo.comive had the same probem for a very long time and cant really remember when it started, i just know that it happens randomly i can be drinking, talking, or even when swallow my own saliva. i went to see an ent and they said that there is a medical word for it but i dont remember the name but its very long. i'm only 23 he said i said grow out of it....hopefully
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  • I have had this same problem for many years now, since I was in my teens and sometimes so much time passed before a re-occurrence that I thought the problem was gone. No such luck. It happened again this morning whilst stretching in bed. It is always on the left side of my throat and feels like a muscle or tendon has moved out of place and become trapped. It feels tender and swollen suddenly and if I swallow it feels like that trapped muscle gets stretched painfully. It becomes very painful to swallow until I can pop it back in place. At first I could do this immediately by stretching my neck to the side, (ear down toward shoulder) but that does not work like before. This morning it lasted for a few minutes and no amount of stretching or pushing at my neck helped and I had no choice but to swallow saliva several times which just seems to exacerbate the issue.Eventually it went back to normal though I don't know how.Does anyone know more about this? The cause maybe?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2010
    • 07:10 AM
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  • I have also experienced this same throat phenomenon - and unfortunately had it happen again this evening while whistling. This has been a reoccurring experience for three years now. I am a little saddened that there seems to be no explanation, but found comfort in knowing that I am not alone. Thank you for posting your experiences.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2010
    • 01:37 AM
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  • Im in the same boat as well it seems. It happens to me 2 or 3 times a year and I never knew what exactly was going on and I could never find any information about it when I looked. Its good to know Im not the only one.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 1, 2010
    • 07:28 AM
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  • I get this too, had it for a few years now (happens only every few months). The last 3 times it happened it did it while I slept, so I could not manually pop it back into place. Not sure how long it stays out on its own but I know I must swallow several times because when I wake up its so sore and wrenched that it literally takes 4 full days for the pain to go away! Wish there was a fix for this!!
    garymme 2 Replies
    • November 10, 2010
    • 04:50 PM
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  • I have the same problem and found this on the net, maybe it will be of some help: The complaint of a clicking in the throat when swallowing or (turning the neck) is uncommon but very discomforting and painful for those who experience it. It is such an unusual complaint that symptoms may be dismissed as psychogenic because a cause for the problem may not be readily apparent. We present a series of 11 cases in which all patients had an audible clicking or popping noise in the throat associated with neck and throat pain when swallowing or turning the neck. The most helpful diagnostic procedure was careful examination and palpation of the neck while the patient swallowed to localize the side and source of the clicking. Laryngeal computed tomographic (CT) scans helped in some cases to demonstrate thyroid-cartilage and/or vertebral body asymmetry. Each case was treated with surgery of the neck and larynx to trim the portion of the thyroid cartilage causing the clicking. In most cases the superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage projected posteriorly and medially. Surgery was successful in all cases to eliminate the symptoms. Though an uncommon complaint, our experience suggests that the clicking throat is a surgically treatable problem.
    garymme 2 Replies
    • November 10, 2010
    • 07:34 PM
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  • I am 25 and some years ago I remember that randomly I would feel something in my throat "pop" out of place as it seemed, it was extremely painful and it would always immediately pop back. In January "it" "popped" again but did not correct itself. I ended up in the ER and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds thinking maybe it was a throat muscle spasm. The ENT and the neurologist had no different answers even though muscle spasm does not quite fit. It feels like something near my throat right below my lower jaw pops out of place and is pushing against my esophagus which made it extremely painful each time I swallowed. It has happened 3 or more times since then but will pop back after 5 to 10 seconds. I have NO answers and the doctors I've seen have NO idea.-Throat pain in SoCalI just had the same experience as you guys again tonight. This has also happened to me many times. For me, this occurs on the right side of my throat and is usually caused by certain movements such as stretching my arms or turning my head while laying down. When the "popping" does happen, it feels like my throat is jutting inward. At first, the popping would correct itself on its own, but over time I've had to resort to swallowing to fix it. I too have tried to tell multiple doctors about this and they always say that this is impossible because the esophagus is closed when not swallowing, therefore it could not be rigid enough to "pop in." It seems that it has to be the esophagus, however, if swallowing can fix it. If anyone can find out any more information, please post! :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2011
    • 05:19 AM
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  • I am 25 and some years ago I remember that randomly I would feel something in my throat "pop" out of place as it seemed, it was extremely painful and it would always immediately pop back. In January "it" "popped" again but did not correct itself. I ended up in the ER and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds thinking maybe it was a throat muscle spasm. The ENT and the neurologist had no different answers even though muscle spasm does not quite fit. It feels like something near my throat right below my lower jaw pops out of place and is pushing against my esophagus which made it extremely painful each time I swallowed. It has happened 3 or more times since then but will pop back after 5 to 10 seconds. I have NO answers and the doctors I've seen have NO idea.-Throat pain in SoCalahhh this sounds like what I just had.it's seriously the scariest thing, I'm afraid if I move a certain way I'll kill myself and think oh god.. wouldn't that be an embarrassing way to die? hahawith me it's usually when I'm laying down or just turning my head to the side or if I yawn, and I instantly feel panicked and can't breathe as well or swallow without feeling like my throats partially closed, it's such a weird sensation, and with me it's always on the left side under my jaw/next to where an adams apple would be and if I push on it (which I'm always afraid of doing) it does go back into place but still feels like it's on the verge of returning again to it's original position.and I don't know if any of you have this problem, but I've always had some sort of joint problems. I started having my hips or knees pop or go out of place or be in pain ever since I was like 13, (I'm almost 20 now) which seemed odd to my chiropractor. so who knows =/ I just always felt like it's not something to go to a doctor for because it's not a constant problem and I'd just be annoying them or they just tell me I'm fine or that I'm over reacting..
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  • I am 25 and some years ago I remember that randomly I would feel something in my throat "pop" out of place as it seemed, it was extremely painful and it would always immediately pop back. In January "it" "popped" again but did not correct itself. I ended up in the ER and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds thinking maybe it was a throat muscle spasm. The ENT and the neurologist had no different answers even though muscle spasm does not quite fit. It feels like something near my throat right below my lower jaw pops out of place and is pushing against my esophagus which made it extremely painful each time I swallowed. It has happened 3 or more times since then but will pop back after 5 to 10 seconds. I have NO answers and the doctors I've seen have NO idea.-Throat pain in SoCalThis happened to me TODAY. This is the 2nd time it happened. The 1st time it went away in a couple minutes, but today it lasted so long and the pain was so bad when i swallowed I started feeling sick and was getting a migraine. In fact, the pain in my jaw is still there as i type. Anyways, I googled "Something popped in my throat", and luckily many other people have had this too. I saw a post that said to push on the esophagus near the adams apple to pop it back in place. It hurt to touch in this area, but as I was pushing on it with my thumb and 2 fingers on each side, I felt this little hard thing pop back down (it was sticking up through the little "ribs" you have in your neck). After I did this, I could instantly swallow without horrible pain. And I mean horrible, maybe worse because I am a guy and it was messing with my adams apple.. Anywas, try and feel around your neck to pop this little "knot" thing back in, it was pretty little, but hard (sorry I dont know what its called). I feel that the pain is caused by the neck contracting, and when it does it rubs against itself. But the protruding knot in your neck goes between the space and now the neck is forcing itself on the knot. idk i hope this helps, I just took some advil to relieve some of the other pain, but I highly recommend popping it back in yourself, because it really helped me. I am at work and was debating leaving.
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  • Left side throat dislocation suddenly occurs. Seems like swallowing puts it back. One doctor told me Abraham Lincoln had this same problem. Can't remember the long name for it. The cartilage near his Adam's Apple would pop out of place. Doctor didn't seem to think it was life threatening. If anyone finds new info. please advise. thx
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  • I have recently been getting the throat popping feeling. I can actualy stick my fingers in there right above the Adams apple and pop it manually. it's been progressively getting worse. I've lost a lot of weight I'm 25 and am a smoker. I'm pretty worried it's caner or something. It is exhausting to talk and I've been unusually sedentary. I haven't seen a dr yet but reading all this makes me freak out. Are u all dead? Nobody posted back like I'm cured!!
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  • Hey guys and gals,I personally don't suffer from this horrible thing, but my fiance has had her throat pop 4 times now, and it is pretty much exactly how you all have described it. All of a sudden she feels the popping, and few seconds after the pain starts, and she can't even speak out, and painkillers do little to help. I tried to find some ways of helping, and ended up with a cold and hot treatment, followed by something I found that helps with something called "Temporomandibular Joint Disorder", which goes:"An alternative approach is for pain modification, for which off-label use of low-doses of Tricyclic antidepressant that have anti-muscarinic properties (e.g. Amitriptyline or the less sedative Nortriptyline) generally prove more effective." - From Wikipedia page for Temporomandibular Joint DisorderWhat I would be interested to know is if you share a problem with anxiety, constant coughing, phlegm/mucus in throat? Are you out of shape, or fit (in case the muscles of the neck are involved)?My fiance is very stressed about the idea of "popping" it back in place. If you discovered that this worked later on, did the popping start to recur more often?Thanks,T
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  • Hey guys and gals,I personally don't suffer from this horrible thing, but my fiance has had her throat pop 4 times now, and it is pretty much exactly how you all have described it. All of a sudden she feels the popping, and few seconds after the pain starts, and she can't even speak out, and painkillers do little to help. I tried to find some ways of helping, and ended up with a cold and hot treatment, followed by something I found that helps with something called "Temporomandibular Joint Disorder", which goes:"An alternative approach is for pain modification, for which off-label use of low-doses of Tricyclic antidepressant that have anti-muscarinic properties (e.g. Amitriptyline or the less sedative Nortriptyline) generally prove more effective." - From Wikipedia page for Temporomandibular Joint DisorderWhat I would be interested to know is if you share a problem with anxiety, constant coughing, phlegm/mucus in throat? Are you out of shape, or fit (in case the muscles of the neck are involved)?My fiance is very stressed about the idea of "popping" it back in place. If you discovered that this worked later on, did the popping start to recur more often?Thanks,T
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