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Twinge in throat while swallowing hot drinks. Can it be related to a ligament tear?

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I am experiencing a slight twinge in the left side of my throat when swallowing. It is intermittent and I notice it mainly when I have a hot drink.
I consulted my GP after it had been happening for two weeks.
He looked at my throat and examined my neck. He stated that he couldn't see or feel anything wrong.
I told him about my allergies to dust, pet dander and pollen which results in Post Nasal Drip.
He advised mt to gargle several times a day with salt water, and to inhale steam to help clear my sinuses.
I have carried this out for two weeks, but still have this intermittent twinge in the left side of my throat when having a warm drink.
I returned to my GP again. He examined my throat and neck again, but still could find no cause. He has told me to continue with salt water gargling.
I am also currently suffering from a damaged ligament in my right knee, which is causing me to limp and put most of my weight on to my left leg (i am using a crutch on my left side). Could this be contributing to my throat discomfort - ie, could it be a muscular problem causing the twinge in my throat?
I would appreciate some advice, as I don't understand why I am having this sensation. I don't have any other symptoms.
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Geeta Sundar 4 hours later

Thanks for posting your query.

You seem to have an allergic history with a recent tear in the ligament in your right knee.

What is concerning you at present is the slight twinge on the left side of your throat.

Since your doctor has ruled out any local major problem, I think it may be due to a small mouth ulcer which is not easily visible. I do not think it has anything to do with the crutch you are using on the left side.

Please apply a soothing preparation like boroglycerol and xylocaine viscous gel over the area twice a day for a week and do take an acidity pill along side. I think it should take care of the problem. Also avoid very hot beverages and irritant foods for a while till it gets healed.

I hope, I have answered your query. Please accept my answer in case you have no follow up queries.

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Follow-up: Twinge in throat while swallowing hot drinks. Can it be related to a ligament tear? 8 hours later

Thanks for your reply. I cannot apply a gel to the area as it is in my throat and I cannot reach the area as though it were an ulcer. It hurts in the swallowing action. Can you recommend some sort of lozenger which may get to the spot? Also, can you explain what an acidity pill is? Are you referring to an antacid for heartburn?
Answered by Dr. Geeta Sundar 56 minutes later

Thanks again for following up.

Xylocaine is available as sprays at some pharmacies. It might help you to reduce the discomfort.

You might also try oral chlorhexidine solutions or gargle with disprin tablets. They are more effective than simple salt water gargles.

It would also be wise decision to consult a competent ENT surgeon for a detailed throat examination to rule out throat inflammation (ulcers) if any.

Heart burns are known to be the cause of throat problem in many individuals. So as suggested treating heart burns is also advised in such cases. Antacids are useful here.

Hope I have clarified all your doubts. Please accept my answer if you do not have any other queries.

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