Clicking/Popping Throat when Swallowing

Posted by mushroom @mushroom, Oct 2 1:51pm

I was doing some neck massages a few days ago and then afterwards whenever I swallow, I feel a clicking/popping sensation and sound when my larynx moves up upon swallow. There is no pain at the moment but the popping sensation in my throat gives me anxiety whenever I swallow. Is this the result of the cartilage rubbing on each other? Is it from the hyoid bone rubbing the thyroid cartilage? Are there exercises that can fix this?

Hello @mushroom, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I found a video that describes how to release the muscles that attach to the hyoid bone that might be worth a try. Have you talked with your doctor to see if this may be a more serious problem?

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@johnbishop

Hello @mushroom, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I found a video that describes how to release the muscles that attach to the hyoid bone that might be worth a try. Have you talked with your doctor to see if this may be a more serious problem?

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Thanks for the recommendation. I actually got the clicking in my throat after trying some throat massages so I'm afraid to try this out just in case I make it worse. I'm planning on going to the doctors soon though so hopefully this isn't serious. I appreciate the recommendation!

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@mushroom

Thanks for the recommendation. I actually got the clicking in my throat after trying some throat massages so I'm afraid to try this out just in case I make it worse. I'm planning on going to the doctors soon though so hopefully this isn't serious. I appreciate the recommendation!

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@mushroom– Hi. If I could provide you some reassurance, so you don’t cause yourself anxiety which can make things seem worse than they are.
You most likely massaged an area that was tense and needed the massage. You most likely just relaxed some muscles and drew attention to that area which now makes you hyper focused on the sound. If you didn’t have it before, the it is most likely nothing. The body is amazing and as it is amazing it does get loud sometimes, which is extremely normal. A simple massage would not have caused damage to that area. Perhaps just drew attention to it. Most doctor visits are due to people needing reassurance. So hopefully you end up with a doctor who understands mind/body connection, and doesn’t send you on a hunt as well as a ton of imaging. Be calm and the clicking probably fade away.

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@nrd1

@mushroom– Hi. If I could provide you some reassurance, so you don’t cause yourself anxiety which can make things seem worse than they are.
You most likely massaged an area that was tense and needed the massage. You most likely just relaxed some muscles and drew attention to that area which now makes you hyper focused on the sound. If you didn’t have it before, the it is most likely nothing. The body is amazing and as it is amazing it does get loud sometimes, which is extremely normal. A simple massage would not have caused damage to that area. Perhaps just drew attention to it. Most doctor visits are due to people needing reassurance. So hopefully you end up with a doctor who understands mind/body connection, and doesn’t send you on a hunt as well as a ton of imaging. Be calm and the clicking probably fade away.

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Thank you for your words, they are comforting. The clicking is still there and it is really discomforting when I swallow. There is still no pain though. I went to the doctor and they couldn't feel the click since they were pressing on the area too hard. It still clicks today and I'm thinking about going to an ENT specialist to get it checked out. Should I be concerned if there is no pain in the area? It's a annoying when I swallow 🙁

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@mushroom You swallow many times in a day. I'm sure that your condition must be extremely annoying. Going to a specialist (ENT) is going to be the best avenue in addressing your concern. May I ask what sorts of questions your previous provider asked you about your throat, during your appointment?

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@erikas

@mushroom You swallow many times in a day. I'm sure that your condition must be extremely annoying. Going to a specialist (ENT) is going to be the best avenue in addressing your concern. May I ask what sorts of questions your previous provider asked you about your throat, during your appointment?

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It is definitely uncomfortable… Thank you for the reassurance for me to see an ENT. My primary care doctor is a nurse practitioner and she just asked me how the clicking started and felt my throat area. She pressed hard on my neck so the throat wasn't able to move to click. She didn't see anything and just asked if I wanted an x-ray done. I think it might be a good idea to get one? I'm just scared of unnecessary radiation accumulating in my body in the throat area. Let me know your thoughts!

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@mushroom

It is definitely uncomfortable… Thank you for the reassurance for me to see an ENT. My primary care doctor is a nurse practitioner and she just asked me how the clicking started and felt my throat area. She pressed hard on my neck so the throat wasn't able to move to click. She didn't see anything and just asked if I wanted an x-ray done. I think it might be a good idea to get one? I'm just scared of unnecessary radiation accumulating in my body in the throat area. Let me know your thoughts!

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@mushroom Yes, I would definitely have an x-ray if that is what your provider advised. I'm not a medical provider but my understanding is that x-rays today do not expose patients to large amount of radiation today, as they once did. (I asked my provider the same question in the past) Would you feel comfortable calling your provider and asking about the level of radiation you would exposed to?

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@erikas

@mushroom Yes, I would definitely have an x-ray if that is what your provider advised. I'm not a medical provider but my understanding is that x-rays today do not expose patients to large amount of radiation today, as they once did. (I asked my provider the same question in the past) Would you feel comfortable calling your provider and asking about the level of radiation you would exposed to?

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That's a great idea to talk to my doctor about it. Thank you for your help!

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