Throat Tension

There are a number of reasons that you could be feeling tightness and tension in your throat. Here are some possible causes.

Anxiety

When anxiety makes your throat feel tight or makes you feel like you have something stuck in your throat, the feeling is called “globus sensation.”

Stress

There’s a ring of muscle in your throat that opens and closes when you eat. When you are feeling stressed, this ring of muscle can become tense. This tension can feel like something is stuck in your throat or that your throat is tight.

Panic attack

A panic attack is related to stress and anxiety. The sensation that your throat is tightening — even to the point of making it difficult to breathe — is one of the classic signs of a panic attack. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • accelerated heart rate
  • chest pain
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • chills or heat sensations
  • shaking
  • fear of dying

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which acid from the stomach moves up into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation in the chest known as heartburn or reflux. Along with the burning sensation in the chest, heartburn can also cause tightness in the throat.

Goiter

A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland — which is in the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. Throat tension and tightness is one of the symptoms of a goiter. Other symptoms can include difficulty breathing or swallowing as well as swelling in the front of the throat and neck.

Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD)

Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is a voice disorder that can make you feel throat tension. It happens when the muscles around the voice box (larynx) over-tighten during speaking to the point that the voice box does not work efficiently.

Allergies

An allergic reaction to food or another substance can make you feel tension or a tightening of your throat. When the immune system releases chemicals to combat an allergen, a tight throat is one possible symptom. Others can include a stuffy nose and itching, watering eyes.

Postnasal drip

Head colds, sinus drainage, and nasal allergies can all cause dripping of mucus down the back of the throat. This can lead to irritation that can feel like a lump in the back of your throat.

Infections

Both tonsillitis (an inflammation of the tonsils) and strep throat (a bacterial infection of the throat) can cause the sensation of throat tension. Other symptoms of a throat infection can include:

  • fever
  • difficulty swallowing
  • earache
  • headache
  • laryngitis (loss of your voice)

Four or five nights ago, baby woke up crying in the middle of the night, so I got up to check on him. Noticed I might have been sleeping with my head titled back over the pillow and felt some light front neck pain. Woke up in the morning to isolated pain in my neck only on my front left side. The most apparent symptom was pain swallowing. It didn’t feel like a sore throat, it felt more like an obstruction or pressure being applied on the left wall of the throat. But I realized that if I just turned my head slightly to the left when I swallowed, there wasn’t any pain. Advil also helped manage the pain. That was four or five days ago and the pain is subsiding while swallowing, but when I apply pressure just to left of my adam’s apple where I’d go to check my pulse, there’s still discomfort the deeper I press.
The only reason I’m asking about this is because this exact same thing happened about two months ago. It lasted about a week before the pain completely subsided. I had it checked by an ENT at the tail end of the symptoms. I can’t remember the exact diagnosis, but my lymph nodes weren’t swollen and he ruled out a few other things (infections) and chalked it up as a muscle strain.
Anyone else ever had this? I’m probably going to schedule a follow up, but interested to hear out the CougarBoard hive mind.

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advert for Mobile Strike it deemed objectified women.

Mobile Strike is a hugely popular war strategy game that has seen a number of high-profile adverts. Developer Machine Zone, which is also behind Game of War, reportedly paid $5m for a 30-second Super Bowl ad that featured Arnold Schwarzenegger rattling off some of his famous action-movie one-liners while walking through a miniature computer-generated battle.

The advert in question, however, features three bikini-clad models who play Mobile Strike by a pool. If you watched a YouTube video at some point in 2016 and like video games, you’ve probably seen it.

The ASA received a complaint that the ad was offensive because it objectified women.

Machine Zone countered by saying the juxtaposition between what people normally did by the pool with the visuals of the players battling it out with jets and tanks was what made the ad so striking.

“The intention was to show that the Mobile Strike game could liven up a player’s time spent in everyday, sometimes boring, spaces,” reads the ASA’s note on the ruling.

“They did not believe the ad objectified women,” the ASA continued.

Machine Zone also pointed to the use of curvy models in the ad as a nod to Mobile Strike’s apparent diverse player base.

“The intention was to feature ‘real-sized’ women and reference mythical warrior women like Amazons and Wonder Woman, as the women were seen making strategic moves in battle against one another,” the ASA ruling reports of Machine Zone’s response.

Machine Zone goes on to claim that if the ad featured thin models, the complaint probably wouldn’t have been made.

“They said they had concerns that the complainant’s objection was the size of the women featured rather than what they were wearing or doing in the ad,” the ASA said.

“They suspected that had the women been typically thin models seen in ads, it was unlikely that a complaint would have been made. They had decided to feature real-sized women as a nod to their diverse player base.”

Machine Zone insisted it had not received a single complaint about the ad. Rather, it had received “considerable support” from players for featuring real-sized women, “as they were often under represented.”

The ASA, though, didn’t have any of it, and upheld the complaint.

“The ASA noted that the images of the women wearing swimwear bore no relation to the product being advertised – a combat-themed mobile game app,” it ruled.

“We also noted that in some of the scenes, the mannerisms of the women were seductive or sexually-charged. For example, in one scene, a woman wearing a thong bikini was seen walking towards a sun lounger and the camera angle was taken from below and behind so that as she walked into the scene, only her legs and her thong bikini bottoms were in view.

“We noted that another scene featuring one of the women wearing a swimsuit was shot in slow motion, and the emphasis was on her body rather than the mobile game app she was playing.

“One of the camera angles was shot side-on which highlighted her waist and chest. As she approached the camera, she flicked her hair back, stopped and looked seductively into the camera.

“We noted that the ad featured plus-sized model but we considered that fact was irrelevant. For those reasons, we considered that the ad objectified women and was therefore offensive.”

The upshot is the ad must not appear again in its current form, and the ASA has warned Machine Zone to ensure its ads in the future do not objectify women and cause offence.

The objectively awful Mobile Strike game is for dads and intellectually disabled adults. So perhaps marketing to that crowd is a genius scheme. But despite the desperate outcry for more “realistic” women and the virtue-signalling adoration thrown at plus-sized models (read: women with slim faces but huge bodies) seems to border on condescending.

Who on earth is playing war games on their phone who is also intellectually and physically excited by these commercials? The two groups of people who like battle tanks and also hilariously overweight models being non-ironically sensual is categorically a Venn diagram of two circles separated by entire galaxies. So, why? Why the full body shots spliced in with tight close-ups on the face as if you instantly forgot what the body looked like? Is it a ploy to turn cisgender heterosexual men off of “gaming“?

Anyone with any semblance of common sense could ascertain that the marketing ploy is to increase the visibility of the ad…and not the girls. While your dipshit friends debate the subjectivity of the “beautiful” females in these ads, Mobile Strike gets another 2000 clicks on YouTube. It’s genius, really–and takes full advantage of the “useful idiot.”

These commercials, nor the models, are natrually nowhere to be found on the game’s website…nor their Facebook account.

So, next time your Facebook buddy says something like “not finding these women attractive makes you gay,” feel free to shoot back with, “and not thinking they’d me more attractive if they lost over 100 pounds makes you fucking retarded.”

As for the neo-feminist anti-body-shaming message, it can only be rendered moot by this type of add; since you’re still “objectifying” women, it’s just 200% more woman.

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5 Cancers That Strike Young

Survival rate The overall five-year survival rate has more than tripled in the past 40 years, from 14 percent to 46 percent, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thanks to improvements in treatment modalities. For ALL, the five-year survival rate is more than 60 percent.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma

What it is A rare type of lymphoma, a cancer characterized by abnormal cells in the lymphatic system

How common Hodgkin’s comprises less than 1 percent of all new U.S. cancer cases, according to the NCI, but most people who develop it are ages 15-34 or over the age of 55.

Red flags The disease can show the same symptoms as leukemia does, as well as itchy skin and painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin.

Risk reduction Again, prompt medical attention can improve survival odds.

Treatment options An X-ray, CAT scan and/or MRI as well as a lymph-node biopsy may be required for a diagnosis. Hodgkin’s is often treated with chemotherapy for four to six months, and sometimes is followed with radiation as well.

Survival rate The 10-year survival rate is more than 70 percent, Wilson says.

Medically reviewed by Jochen H. Lorch, MD, MS

While 80 to 90 percent of reported thyroid lumps are not cancerous, performing “neck checks” can help you become familiar with what your thyroid looks and feels like, so you can tell your health care professional if you notice any changes.

Jochen Lorch, MD, director of the Thyroid Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, shares tips on how to check for thyroid cancer lumps and detect potential symptoms:

How can I check for thyroid lumps at home?

(L-R) Jochen Lorch, MD, MS, Francis Moore, MD, and Erik Alexander, MD, of Dana-Farber’s Thyroid Cancer Center.

  • Sit or stand up straight, and make sure your neck muscles are relaxed.
  • Tip your head back and swallow.
  • As you swallow, feel your thyroid gland at the base of your neck, located below the larynx and above the collarbone, and check for any nodules or asymmetry.

Does a thyroid cancer lump hurt when I put pressure on it?

“It is usually painless,” says Lorch. “If it is tender, that could mean that a tumor is growing relatively fast, which could be a warning sign. On the other hand, there are a lot of things that could cause discomfort in the thyroid gland, like inflammation, so pain is not necessarily a good or bad sign.”

In fact, aside from tenderness or difficulty swallowing, symptoms of thyroid cancer are often subtle. Thyroid cancer cases are generally found during a routine checkup, or through imaging tests done because of other health concerns.

I think I feel a lump/thyroid nodule. Now what?

Typically, the nodule will feel firmer than the rest of the thyroid gland, but “You should look for asymmetry, and if you can palpate something that counts,” explains Lorch.

“If you feel a nodule, you should contact your doctor,” Lorch says.

Patients are sent to an endocrinologist, where an ultrasound can determine if the thyroid gland lump looks suspicious. If it does, the endocrinologist or pathologist will use a small needle to remove tissue or fluid from the thyroid to examine it for cancer cells.

“Thyroid nodules are very common and frequently reported, and the overwhelming odds are that they will be benign,” Lorch adds.

Although the chances are low that a thyroid lump is cancerous, early detection is important. If you feel any changes to your thyroid glands or are experiencing symptoms like tenderness or difficulty swallowing, it is important to talk to your doctor.

“Thyroid cancer is a very curable disease; it just needs to be treated right away,” Lorch says.

This article was originally published in 2016 and was reviewed again in 2019 for medical accuracy.

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