Hey everyone! I’m Dillon and I’m from the east coast of the United States and am currently employed as a sports broadcaster. I just recently joined but have been reading articles on this site for the last year and a half.
I have been dealing with a variety of symptoms that seem to point to ES - headaches, trouble swallowing, tightness on one side of my face, feeling like I can’t turn my head to the right, clicking in throat when swallowing, occasional numbness in extremities, opening mouth wide is hard, ears ringing, a bit of brain fog, etc. But the most glaring proof is that I can stick my finger to the back of my throat below/behind my tongue and feel a bone sticking through almost touching my epiglottis from the right side - it’s so long!
I feel like I have to sit, sleep, and move a certain way to keep from triggering anything. I have become fairly quiet and reserved and am not myself. Talking a lot makes it tough because I am a broadcaster lol. I get paid to talk. I have anxiety at times although I’ve learned to manage. I notice that when I look down it is triggered (ex: looking at a computer screen) - it made my final two years of college tough. I couldn’t get good scores on tests because I had to look down at the paper and I would have an anxiety attack or headache. The everyday things became tough.
There are some days when it goes unnoticed - and others where it is constantly aching. I first thought I had a tonsil infection or stone (I still have tonsils) but I didn’t have that. Before I noticed it in my throat, I went to my family doctor who referred me to a ENT Specialist for a swollen salivary gland. He looked at my throat and said it looked clear and said it was a normal thing that could be caused by stress then said it would go down on its own unless it clogged. I was relieved for that news - but then after coming home I stuck my finger back there and actually felt it sticking through.
Thanks for reading this - it’s been a long time coming for sure. I have two beginning questions;
- Does this sound like ES?
- Can ES cause anxiety attacks?