Posted by: Zaheer | 2019/12/22


Stabbing sensation in my throat

To whom it may concern Hi I hope you can help with a stabbing sensation I have been feeling in my throat. The first time it happened was in 2015 I believe, I was drinking a recently bought tropica juice and I gulped it down, like normal, then all of a sudden I felt this sharp pain in my throat more to the right side near my Adams apple. It caused me to gag and begin to throw up. It happened twice in the same day, at the house I drank soda or ice water. I tried to self diagnose it as a throat infection and treat it with Cepacol lozenges (I formerly worked in a pharmacy). Why a throat infection? Constant road works with the water pipes where I live resulting in red dirty water coming out in all the residents taps and the DIY expert in the house installing taps with no filters. This did nothing, after it happened again I tried treating it with hot water and raw honey, not sure it did anything. I then noticed it happened when gulping down mouth fulls of water & so I adjusted my swallowing habits to only a little at a time & "chewing" liquids to make for a "smoother" swallow. This ensured no, stabbing, vomiting incidents for a long time. It would not happen often but it single isolated incidents. Monitoring them I noticed a hard force full cough could induce a incident and I have a "hard" "forceful" sneeze, that runs in the family, this also could induce the reaction. Solid foods did nothing, nor did hot liquids only cold, especially things chilled like cola or ice water, however ice cream does nothing nor dose yogurt from the fridge. Recently this year the last few months it got very hot so I decide to put a bottled 5L water (I moved to bottled water instead of tap water to avoid germs from the taps in the house) in the fridge so it got quite cold and this caused a new worse reaction, stabbing, chocking to where my wind pipe closed and I had to "force suck in air to breath. Had about 4 of these in a close time frame, ice liquid, room temperature, oat meal and a hard sneeze. Now I have a sand paper sensation from the back of my tongue down to the spot in my throat, every so often when I swallow. including solids and sometimes spit. Still controlling it with "soft" swallowing, But I am getting concerned. No medical aid, never had this before, not in family history as far as I know. Who can check my throat, dentist, ear nose throat, GP, pharmacy clinic? How much? Closest online diagnosis, glossopharyngeal neuralgia/ cancer, seems too serious. Pls Help.

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert
- 2020/01/07

See your GP first, then possible referral to an ENT

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