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Why Do I Wake Up Feeling Like Something Is Stuck In My Throat?

Why Do I Wake Up Feeling Like Something Is Stuck In My Throat?

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Feeling like something is stuck in your throat is as if a crumb has gotten stuck behind when swallowing, like not everything went down as it should have. The person may cough or drink liquids to attempt to dislodge whatever it is. 

It may be just extra phlegm instead of a crumb. If the person continues to have this feeling, they may go to the ENT doctor who will look at their vocal cords and see nothing wrong. Years ago, the patient was referred to a psychiatrist because they actually thought it was a mental disorder. Thus the name of Globus Sensation.

Of course, that kind of therapy never helped anyone with GS.

Then I came along 30 years ago and oddly enough, patients complained of something stuck in their throat, which I knew nothing about! This is close to the very first bad symptom that disappears during my therapy within the first 2 weeks normally. They don’t feel anything stuck in their throat!

Approximately 75% of my patients with tongue thrust feel like something is stuck in their throat. This is now a major symptom that helps verify for me that they do have a swallowing problem. 

But What Is Tongue Thrust?

When a person has a tongue thrust, they do not initiate the swallow in the correct position. The tongue tip is either pushing against the back of the teeth or protruding between teeth. Neither one of these positions provides enough power to the tongue to successfully push the entire bolus down into the esophagus. 

The tongue thrust exercises train the tongue to change its push-off location so that the tongue pushes from the roof of the mouth right behind the upper teeth. The bony palate provides a stronger kickboard to push the bolus all the way down without letting anything “stay behind.” Not all tongue thrusters get this feeling of something stuck in their throat.

The Correct My Tongue Thrust program continues to support the idea that Globus Sensation is a result of a weak swallow, which is caused by a tongue thrust. The proper (easy) treatment for Globus Sensation is initiating the swallow from a different location in the mouth so more power is available to propel the bolus down to the esophagus.

Suspect You Have A Tongue Thrust? Correct It Today!

If you suspect that tongue thrust might be contributing to your throat discomfort, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Take the first step towards a more comfortable and healthier throat by visiting IJustWantTo® Correct My Tongue Thrust

Janet M. Bennett

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Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.