Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/Feels like something stuck in throat

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Dear Ms Cipriano,

For the past week and a half it feels like there is something in my throat.  It doesn't hurt and I don't have any other symptoms.  It doesn't go away if I clear my throat, cough, eat or drink. I can't see it by looking in a mirror.  It doesn't feel like a bone or anything sharp, but like a blob of something I should be able to swallow or cough up but can't.  I can swallow food and liquid like normal.

I a woman in my mid-50s, ex-heavy-smoker but quit about 15 years ago. The only medicine I take is Tenoretic for blood pressure.  I have a thyroid nodule that is supposed to get an ultra-sound once a year but I have not been able to afford it for several years.  I had irregular heartbeat a few weeks ago that sent me to the emergency room where they told me I might have GERD. A course of Prilosec cleared everything up.

I look forward to your reply. I am so afraid this is cancer and am very stressed about it.

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Dear C,

An enlarged thyroid nodule as well as GERD can both cause the symptoms you are describing. I think it is in your best interest to get the ultrasound of your thyroid. I recommend you speak with your healthcare provider for a biopsy of the nodule if it has not been done already.  

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Dr. Pamela M. Cipriano, DNP, APRN

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My name is Dr. Cipriano. I have a private practice specializing in adult health and wellness. I can answer questions associated with thyroid disease, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, muscular aches and pains, cholesterol levels, male/female sexual questions or questions on the sexual organs, gastrointestinal problems, healthy ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and nearly anything else that pertains to medicine.

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I am on the Medical Staff at a local hospital where I work as a medical/surgical hospitalist as well as in the emergency department. I am certified in critical care and advanced cardiac life support. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I was a certified critical care nurse (CCRN).

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Society of Hospital Medicine American Association of Critical Care Nurses American Association of Nurse Practitioners Connecticut Advance Nurse Practitioner Society

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Maryville University 2014-2016 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Connecticut 2007-2011 MSN, Acute Care Track Nurse Practitioner. Board Certified September 2011 Critical Care Certified 2014 Central Connecticut State University 2002-2006 BA Psychology St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1991-1993 Diploma Nursing Registered Nurse

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