"I am 54 and was diagnosed with a large hiatus hernia 20 years ago. I was advised to lose at least 3 stone (I am 5 stone overweight) Over the years I have suffered from all the symptoms listed. I have tried every drug on the market. All relief has been short-lived. At the moment I have Globus Hystericus a symptom not often mentioned but equally unpleasant. It feels as if you are being throttled and although not painful it is uncomfortable. My throat is constantly dry and I don't know what to eat half the time. I am trying to lose weight but eating less makes symptoms worse. Vicious circle I think. Anyone suffering the same as me, be comforted you are not alone. Sometimes, in the middle of the night when you are sitting up again trying to sleep propped up with '100' PILLOWS, wheezing when you lie down and craving some chocolate for comfort. Think of me. I will lose the weight and I will get my life back I hope!!"
Points to Remember:
Globus Hystericus (also known as Globus pharyngis, globus sensation, or just globus) is a term given to the sensation of a lump in the throat making it feel like it is difficult to swallow when there is no physical cause. There can be a persistent sensation of having phlegm or some other obstruction in the throat. The "lump in the throat" sensation is usually due to the inflammation of one or more parts of the throat such as the larynx or hypopharynx. It may also be caused by hysterical neurosis or anxiety disorders.
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