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what causes an itchy and tight feeling in your throat?


Posted by Christy

I just recently had a complete hysterectomy november 11, 2010...i do not no what all i will be going thru...but my throat has started itchying and it kinda feels tight....i dont have a lump feeling in my throat but i have nasal drainage..is it anxiety or just sinuses?
 
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It's now the middle of July so you're approximately 8 months post-op.  If you were complaining immediately aftewards, I might wonder if your throat was irritated by the endotracheal tube used during general anesthesia to breathe for you.  However, given the duration and the fact that you're also complaining of itchiness and nasal drainage, I wonder about the possibility of allergies and post-nasal drip.  

 

I'm not sure what you mean by "tight" but if you're having any difficulty swallowing or breathing, you need to go seek medical attention emergently.  Asthma & COPD/emphysema can present as "tightness".  So can cancer and anaphylaxis.  Sorry to be so morbid but these are some of the things we have to worry about.  Once we rule out things that can kill you immediately, then we move on to things that can kill you over a longer period of time, and then finally to things that are bothersome but won't kill you.  

 

That's where anxiety comes in.  Of course, it's easier if you describe some recent stressors in your life along w/sweats & palpitations, etc.  Still, it's a good idea to go see your family physician for a thorough evaluation.

Dear Christy,

Do you notice this all the time? Or is it related to food ingestion or being outside? As Dr Lin notes, allergies can certainly cause these symptoms. If it happens continually, it might also be related to medication allergy. Definitely best to see your MD and let us know how you are doing.

Lynette Sheppard RN   Health Maven Menopause Community

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