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TMS and Globus Hystericus/Globus Pharyngeus

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Shanshu Vampyr, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Shanshu Vampyr

    Shanshu Vampyr Well known member

    Help! I have been having a sensation like there's a tightness/ball/hair/persistent lump in the back of my throat for a few weeks now. I highly suspect this is a TMS symptom imperative but I was hoping that somebody might be able to provide reassurance that they had it and it's now gone (a "show of hands" essentially). I know it's not anything serious or life-threatening (ie cancer or tumor or anything) but I just need some reassurance that it will go away. I don't want to live the rest of my life like this! :'(
     
  2. yb44

    yb44 Well known member

    Brain up to its old tricks, I see. It has thought long and hard on what symptom it could throw at you to really, seriously annoy you. Guess what? It came up trumps with this hairball thing. It's got you focusing yet again on something physical even though you know there is nothing physically wrong with you. It is quite easy to catastrophise (thinking you will live the rest of you life like this). How could you turn the last sentence of your post into a positive affirmation for yourself?
     
  3. BruceMC

    BruceMC Beloved Grand Eagle

    Each time I ate a pear or some other fruit last winter my throat would tighten up. After the TMS in my lower back has gone down, I've never had the tight throat symptom again. Never know for sure, but it certainly seems like the two were interrelated.
     
  4. veronica73

    veronica73 Well known member

    I've had something like that before and it went away. It's kind of like the sensation when you want to cry but can't and you're swallowing it?
     
  5. honeybear424

    honeybear424 Well known member

    A friend of mine's brother has been having something like that for a long time and they can't find anything wrong with him. Thanks for reminding me to send her a link to Dr. Sarno's work to forward to him. Hope it goes away for you!

    My brain likes to trick me with pain in teeth that have no dental cause. UGH! This TMS is so insidious!!!
     
  6. BruceMC

    BruceMC Beloved Grand Eagle

    I see from reading Edward Shorter's From Paralysis to Fatigue (1992) that globus hystericus/globus pharyngeus were symptoms associated with classical hysteria in the 19th century. It seems as though they are still alive and well with TMS. Would stand to reason, wouldn't it, that psychosomatic symptoms don't just disappear, but are recycled over time?

    I know with me last winter that every time I ate a unripe pear (i.e. a pear that was hard as a rock), my throat would tighten around it and give me a choking sensation until I forced myself to swallow it. However, after the SEP and Schubiner's Unlearn Your Pain, I haven't had these symptoms again. It's like I "forgot" about having them and then they disappeared because there never was anything real about them anyway.
     
  7. Shanshu Vampyr

    Shanshu Vampyr Well known member

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the continued support. I am nearly convinced that the trigger for this is a *situational* thing; happily, a situation that is coming to an end soon. I KNOW there's nothing wrong with my throat and I'm bringing psychological awareness to my hidden/repressed feelings about this situation. With that being said I'm hopeful that the sensation will resolve itself. But there's always the deep fear that it won't. So I am hopeful but trying to reality-check myself.

    Thanks all--continue the fight, as I am.

    Shanshu.
     
  8. Shanshu Vampyr

    Shanshu Vampyr Well known member

    *hugs Bear tightly*
     

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