Feeling pressure, a lump or an uncomfortable feeling in the throat is an unpleasant experience that can cause worry and anxiety. Some people are afraid that food will get stuck when swallowing. Many are therefore worried about eating alone, but it is just as common that someone will avoid meals or leave the table when they have something stuck in their throat. Remember to never leave the table if you have something stuck in your throat, as you may need help from others to free your airways.
In many cases, the discomfort begins with occasional heartburn and acid reflux, and cramp in your oesophagus. The symptoms may also appear in reverse order. It is not uncommon for people with these difficulties to experience increased problems with certain types of food, such as dense and/or dry textures such as chicken, meat, or rice.
The sensation of ‘thickness’ in the throat, the feeling that some food will get stuck, creates a certain stress that makes the situation even worse. Those of you who are afflicted should be listened to and taken seriously.
The most common cause of a sensation of a lump in the throat that makes it difficult to swallow is a hiatus hernia. A hiatus hernia means that the diaphragm muscle is weakened, which also affects the musculature of the oesophagus and throat. At the opening of the oesophagus is a muscle, the oesophageal sphincter, which relaxes to allow food down into the oesophagus. But when the diaphragm does not do its job in the swallowing process, this sphincter does not work as it should, it cannot relax and open the entrance to the oesophagus correctly. This is what gives you the feeling of a lump or a cramping sensation in your throat. When you feel a lump in your throat, it is in fact the tightened oesophageal sphincter that you can feel.
The fact that the oesophageal sphincter can not relax and open fully is also the reason that firmer textured food sticks more easily in the throat, with coughing as a result. However, liquid textures like water, yogurt or soup often pass smoothly, but even these consistencies can in the long term be difficult to swallow .
As you repeatedly try to swallow, a lot of air enters your stomach, meaning that many people will belch frequently.
Although a hiatus hernia is the most common cause of a lump in the throat, the feeling can also be caused by other things. If you cannot swallow bites larger than a certain size, you may have some sort of narrowing. In these cases, you should contact your healthcare provider.
Whether you have seen a doctor or not, you can strengthen the musculature involved in swallowing. The unique IQoro neuromuscular training device can help anyone experiencing a lump or cramping sensation in the throat, to help remedy the cause of the problems. All you need to do is train using the device to build up the chain of muscles from the face, mouth, throat, oesophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach. It only takes 90 seconds a day and will naturally get to the cause of why you feel a ‘thickness’ in the throat, without side effects. IQoro is CE marked in accordance with the Swedish Medical Products Agency's regulations and has been created based on over 20 years of Swedish evidence-based scientific research.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro stimulates.
All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm where your hernia is situated.
Your injured muscle in the diaphragm is strengthened, and gradually your symptoms will disappear as you address their cause. Some maintenance training will be required after your symptoms have gone to keep your original symptoms at bay.
Internationally patented and manufactured in Sweden.
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IQoro is based on many years’ scientific research, and is certified for sale and use in the EU and EEA countries.
IQoro naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.
Malin’s swallowing difficulties became a torment
Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro.
It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.
- For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...
Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone
Niklas had dieted with the LCH method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.
Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.
– It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.
In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.
– It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.
Reviewed: Mary Hägg, PhD, Post. Doc. at Uppsala University, dentist, specialised in orofacial medicine, head of the Speech & Swallowing Center, ENT, and other operations at Hudiksvall Hospital, Gävleborg region, October 2018.