New Member - journey
hello there - ok here is my story- 35 year old male
Over the years, i have felt the constant need to clear my throat - i put it down to habit but in 2016, i had a strep throat and went to the Doctors who gave me antibiotics. Great ! At the time i mentioned i felt the constant need to clear throat and felt like there something lodged in my throat, I thought it was a thyroid issue. I did a thyroid test and it came back fine. The feeling of the foreign object went but i was always clearing throat to much to everyone annoyance. I put it down to habit or allergies.
Fast forward to November 2018 - i visited London in the train from Glasgow and that night i felt the dreaded travel viral infection which did turn into sore throat. Albeit , i felt i managed it quite well with the usual over the counter medicine.
A few days later, i was drinking gin tonic and pomegranate and the next day, i felt something lodged in throat. I honestly felt it was a seed . After a few days, i went to doctors as the feeling hasn’t subdued and they said it was inflammation due to the viral infection but throat looked ok. She advised to keep taking the over the counter pain relief. As i was getting acid reflux, she suggested omprozole.
A few days later, my throat began to tighten up and my mouth was very dry. it kept getting tighter and tighter and i phoned HNS 24 and they told me to get to outpatients. Again, the doctor suggested it was inflamed and would take a few weeks to heal.
on 20 December, not wanting to ruin Christmas, i visited the doctor the for the 3rd time complaining of the feeling of something stuck in throat. I was fobbed off.
Xmas came and went but still felt this feeling. I began checking tonsils incase of tonsil stones and i notes this bone like structure poking out under my tonsil ( bottom of tonsil). maybe not poking out but very palatable and very much there - It is 1.5cm down and diagonal from wisdom tooth and it felt smooth and round headed - think of a knitting needle with a round tip . i started to push and i could feel the tension of a bone like structure and i feel it moving to my ear - i didn’t think that was meant to be there.
On about 10 Jan 2019, my partner and i developed strep throat causing another visit to the doctors. They diagnosed and prescribed anti bionics. At the doctors, i explained the bone and she looked at my funny like i was talking stupid and i admit, it did take her time to find it but when she did she looked concerned and made an ENT referral through Glasgow NHS. Apparently the waiting list is anywhere unto 12 month. She suggested i visit the dentist as well so maybe she wasn’t that concerned given the length of referral time.
I went to dentist and she couldn’t find it until i added toothpaste to the area and when she felt it, she was amazed she didn’t feel it before, She said it felt like a bone and should not be there She did mention that it could be a root for a wisdom tooth but unlikely given the location and feeling.
Faced with the prospect of a 12 month wait, i decided to go private and arrange a ENT consultation with the Nutfield. On the day, the doctor explained throat and said tonsils looked ok although post infection grumbling was going on which is normal. He looked at my voice box and said it looked healthy and felt the bone and suggested it to be an elongated styloid and has arranged for a CT scan next Wed to confirm diagnosis. Although he did say eagle syndrome was a controversial topic
I have looked at the posts on here and on Facebook and can see no other alternative tother than not being an elongated styloid . the ENT doctor advised against surgery as he has only did it once and the results were debatable.
He said the feeling of something stuck in throat should subdue but i am not convinced. I also don’t know why i have this feeling of foreign object in throat
All very bizarre. In the meantime he recommended a probiotic for throat to help fight infections etc but i can’t see how this would work.
Don’t get me wrong, reading some stories on here makes me lucky in one sense as i don’t have any other symptoms apart from foreign object syndrome but i honestly don’t think i can put up with this. Some days are better than others and i am resident the temptation to poke and prod at the bone but it shouldn’t be there .
When i don’t think about it or if i sleep on my back with head elevated, it seems to get better for some reason.
Maybe i have misdiagnosed myself but i don’t see how i could and feel slightly better with ENT initial thought.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated and i will let you know results of CT Scan