Suddenly have popping in throat when swallowing. Will it go away?

Posted by kmh1122 @kmh1122, Jan 8 10:48pm

Hi. This morning I woke up with this weird popping sensation in my neck when swallowing, completely out of the blue and it’s concerning me because I recently had a friend diagnosed with thyroid cancer, so my paranoia is a bit higher than usual. I can feel and hear the popping when swallowing only when my head is in certain positions, and if I apply too much pressure to my neck in the area it’s coming from when swallowing it doesn’t happen. I have been sick this week with an upper respiratory infection and have been coughing quite a bit. I though maybe it could be a swollen lymph node moving against my throat when swallowing, however I can’t feel any swelling or lumps at all for that matter. It does not hurt to swallow right now but I worry that it will if it continues. In terms of symptoms from my URI…. Cough, congestion in both my nose and chest, sneezing, sore throat, plugged ears, all the fun stuff. Is the popping related to me being sick? Will it likely go away? Thank you in advance!

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Hi @kmh1122, welcome. You may be interested in reading this related discussion:
– What causes Clicking or Popping in Throat when Swallowing? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/clickingpopping-throat-when-swallowing/

However, you might be on the right track to the issue may be related to your current respiratory infection. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions like cancer. That being said, if the popping continues, you might want to contact your doctor. Have you been to the doctor about your current infection?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @kmh1122, welcome. You may be interested in reading this related discussion:
– What causes Clicking or Popping in Throat when Swallowing? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/clickingpopping-throat-when-swallowing/

However, you might be on the right track to the issue may be related to your current respiratory infection. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions like cancer. That being said, if the popping continues, you might want to contact your doctor. Have you been to the doctor about your current infection?

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Hi, yes I did a virtual urgent care visit for it. Since it’s viral they basically said I just have to wait it out and let it run it’s course!

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@kmh1122

Hi, yes I did a virtual urgent care visit for it. Since it’s viral they basically said I just have to wait it out and let it run it’s course!

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I'm glad to hear you had a virtual care visit. Once symptoms have subsided, let us know if the popping persists.

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@colleenyoung

I'm glad to hear you had a virtual care visit. Once symptoms have subsided, let us know if the popping persists.

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So my symptoms have gone away for the most part (still lingering a little bit but nowhere near as bad as they were) but the popping is still there unfortunately. I guess it’s a good thing I see my primary this Friday for other reasons but I have a feeling she won’t understand what I’m talking about when I bring it up

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