Throat and ears hurt, but I'm not otherwise sick. ?
October 5, 2007 10:50 AM Subscribe
Sore throat/neck. Popped ears won't unpop. Not otherwise sick. What's wrong?
posted by penciltopper to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
That spot just below the jawbone, behind the Adam's apple, where the doctor feels for swollen glands?
That is sore, but not swollen.
It feels like there's a tight ring around my esophagus, just above the adams apple. Hurts to swallow.
My ears are wierd, either popped or clogged, and pinch-nose-and-blow isn't clearing them.
I've had symptoms like this before, as parts of a really bad cold or flu, but I'm not otherwise sick at the moment. My sinuses are otherwise clear, etc.
I've always had trouble with my ears popping on planes, etc. Maybe I just have narrow Eustachian tubes.
I've also been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's) this year, and am taking levothyroxine for it.
In my imagination, something is inflamed/swelling inside my neck, and that's pinching the ends of my Eustachian tubes closed.
Is that even possible? I can't seem to find a good picture of where the tubes terminate at the non-ear end.
I have a doctor's appointment, but my current HMO doctor (soon to be changed) tends to diagnose everything as allergies (don't have any) or just say "It's probably nothing; it'll go away or you'll get used to it"
Educate me, please, smart-type people!