Twitcher w/strange numb sensation in throat

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Twitcher w/strange numb sensation in throat

Postby ppoo on September 15th, 2002, 8:20 pm

I've been a twitcher for 4 mos. now and have been having random numbness that comes & goes. The numbness has been mostly in arms, hands, legs & arches of feet. Had blood work, MRI & EMG all clean, but a few days ago I developed this strange sensation that started in the back of my neck. It seemed sore at first & I attributed it to snatching from the shocking sensations of my EMG one week ago. It's hard to describe, but now it seems as if my throat area is numb. I can swallow, but am getting very paranoid again. My doctor has told me that I do not have ALS or MS. I was wondering if this is also one of the strange sensory sensations that goes along with BFS. Has anyone else had something such as this?
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Postby Arron on September 15th, 2002, 9:53 pm

yes indeed, people talk about throat tightness, difficulty swallowing and the "lump in the throat" syndrome all of the time with BFS and Fibromylagia. Especially in the more active forums on these subjects. Do NOT worry about ALS. Your EMG was clean... it can NOT be ALS, period.

Anxiety WILL cause the throat symptoms you described, even if you don't "feel" anxious. You obviously are though or you wouldn't be nervous about it and posting on here... see what I mean? A lot of people say they aren't anxious yet they spend hours a day on here looking and searching for clues and answers. Well, if none of them were anxious, they would be out doing other things and not obsessing over this stuff, right? So anxiety IS there, even when you don't "feel" anxious. I've had the throat thing with swallowing difficulty many times in the past, WAY before any twitching started.. like years and decades before and it was solely anxiety related. It can last months and months, as it did me, or it can only last a few days or weeks. Either way, it is anxiety related. If you aren't sure or are having other throat problems, go see your doctor once again, just to make sure it isn't something else.. NOT ALS related, but the Flu? Strep? Bacterial infection? Viral? Who knows? What I DO know is that MANY people with BFS talk about the exact same symptoms you mentioned...:-)
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Thanks for the support.

Postby ppoo on September 17th, 2002, 7:50 am

Thanks so much for responding. Your feedback does pose a big sigh of relief. You're probably right about the anxiety thing. It definitely comes along with all of this BFS stuff whether we want it to or not. Take care. :lol:
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Postby Jen on September 24th, 2002, 9:58 pm

I have the same sensations in my throat. My GP had me take Zantac, assuming that I might have GERD (like acid-reflux, I think) as a result of long term anti-inflammatory use. It nearly solved the problem after 3 weeks. Just after that, however, I was twisting my neck and head to reach something and the sensation instantly returned. My GP sent me an ENT specialist and he was very informative. After examining me, he agreed with the GERD diagnosis, but also said that me believes the sudden return was due to spasms in my esophagous. I can feel them at times, so I felt comfortable with his diagnosis on both counts. In addition, he said that anxiety, allergies, and allergy remedies, can be also be causes. He also explained that the name for the foreign body sensation is Globus. Part of his examination included putting a miniature camera down my throat to look for lumps or anything unusual. Everything looked very normal, other than redness from the GERD. The exam, even the camera portion, was quick, easy and painless. I'm very happy that I saw the ENT specialist and can rule out anything serious with my throat.
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