Thanks for the query and a detailed history
The symptoms described by you are the typical features of 'Laryngopharyngeal reflux' (LPR) secondary to 'Gastroesophageal reflux disease' (GERD
Acid from the stomach when it regurgitates into the esophagus
and the throat, it burns the mucosa of the former and the latter. The burning causes the mucosa to swell giving rise to foreign body sensation in the throat.
Do not worry! This is one of the common problems experienced by many individuals. Stress
, lifestyle changes, obesity, smoking
, alcohol, spices, excessive consumption of coffee or tea, etc. are some of the factors which can give rise to this problem.
The swelling noticed down into the throat could be either a cyst (fluid filled sac) or the hypertrophied lingual tonsils
. This can be confirmed after performing an indirect laryngoscopic examination or telescopic laryngoscopy
. Both of these procedures are harmless and can be done in the office setup. I doubt it to be a lipoma
Meanwhile, you can try the following:
1. Drink plenty of warm water.
2. Avoid coffee/tea/alcohol/smoking/stress/chilled food & beverages.
3. Do not retire to bed immediately after taking your meals, this will cause easy flow of gastric contents back into the throat.
4. Abdominal excercises to strengthen the esophageal spinchter.
Hope I have answered your query; I will be available for the follow up queries.
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon