There’s a Lump in My Throat! What Do I Do? Here’s What You Should Know

A woman sits on her sofa with her eyes closed and a hand resting against her sore throat.

Have you ever experienced a random lump in your throat sensation? While probably unexpected and somewhat scary, it’s probably nothing to worry about.

Known as globus sensation, this unusual feeling characterized by a lump or pill stuck in your throat, affects millions of people yearly.

If you or your loved one feels a lump in your throat when swallowing with no other symptoms, you most likely are experiencing a globus sensation.

Let’s dive deeper into understanding what this condition is, why it feels like there’s a lump in your throat, and what to do to alleviate this sensation for good. Continue reading to learn more.

What Is Globus Sensation?

Globus sensation is also referred to as “globus pharyngeus” and is characterized by a feeling of being unable to remove a lump from your throat.

Aside from a lump, others have described it as the sensation of a pill stuck in your throat. 

While this sensation can be annoying, it is not painful. In addition, unlike other throat conditions, globus sensation is not caused by an actual obstruction. 

What Causes Globus Sensation?

The lump in your throat can be tied to psychological and physical causes.

The two most common causes of globus sensation are anxiety and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a form of acid reflux.

Both conditions can cause involuntary muscle spasms that trigger the thought, “It feels like a lump in my throat when swallowing.”

Less common reasons that you could be experiencing a lump in your throat feeling include

  • Minor inflammation in the throat or at the back of the mouth
  • Psychological health issues
  • Drastic mood changes
  • Swallowing disorders or impairments
  • A sore or strep throat 
  • Tonsil stones or tonsillitis
  • An STD, such as gonorrhea
  • Throat cancer 

Lump in Throat Treatment 

There is no specific treatment for the feeling of a lump in the throat. Usually, treatment aims to manage and target the direct cause of the condition. 

For example, if GERD is the cause, an acid reflux medication may be prescribed. 

Conversely, if anxiety is the cause, lifestyle changes may come into play. 

If you are experiencing a lump in your throat feeling frequently, it is best to speak with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. 

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If you or a loved one are experiencing a lump in your throat feeling, difficulty swallowing, or a painful throat accompanied by other new or worsening symptoms, we are here to help.

Let’s get to the bottom of your painful swallowing and get you the care you need sooner. 

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