Globus hystericus is a common medical condition characterized by a ‘lump in the throat’ feeling when there is none. In early days, doctors thought that it was triggered due to anxiety or stress and deemed it to be a psychological disease. However, today, doctors treat globus hystericus differently and also take it quite seriously. The other name for this condition is globus pharyngeus which means rising ball from stomach to throat. People with this condition often suffer from acid reflux or GERD symptoms. Many patients wonder if they will ever be cured of it and how long these annoying and painful symptoms will last. Today we will answer these questions and also consider some remedies to overcome the tightness and huskiness in throat caused by globus hystericus.
1. Get a thorough evaluation
Seeking medical help is the first thing to do for globus sensation. An ENT surgeon will note complete medical history and also take a detailed physical exam. An upper GI endoscopy can reveal abnormality if any. For globus sensation gerd, a trial proton pump inhibitor may be used. Based on these findings, you will be given a list of foods to avoid with globus.
2. Organic apple cider vinegar
Many patients with globus sensation GERD have benefitted with apple cider vinegar. This remedy can help when there is over or under production of stomach acid, yeast infection or unknown parasites causing the GERD. Organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with a glass of water and taken on an empty stomach or before meals can regulate and balance acidity and make your body alkaline.
3. Treat anxiety
A “lump in the throat” feeling can also be caused by anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Seek counseling or talk to a trusted friend/family member. Talk therapy can help. Try meditation to alleviate stress. In extreme cases, hypnotherapy and/or cognitive behavior therapy can help you manage symptoms. Antidepressant medicines can also help to an extent but they should be used as a last resort.
4. Speech/language therapy
Many people with globus hystericus lose their voice, ability to talk and even to eat. Speech lessons could help to an extent. A therapist can recommend globus hystericus exercises, or neck and shoulder exercises to overcome the sensation.
5. Homeopathic remedy for globus sensation
Homeopathic lac d or Lac Defloratum is a popular remedy for this condition. Speak to an experienced homeopath for the best remedy for globus.
6. Pickle juice
Pickle juice can help symptoms of globus sensation go away quickly. When you feel a large ball rising from the stomach to the throat, drink some pickle juice immediately. This will give relief from suffocation sensation. You can also eat pickles.
Take Betaine hydrochloride tablets with each meal. This helps balance stomach acid. We will shortly discuss what foods to eat and which foods to avoid with globus. Avoid refined salt-use Himalayan pink salt or rock salt or sea salt. Also take bromelain and pappain with each meal to help with digestion and prevent GERD. Magnesium chloride, ¼ tsp per day around mealtime can also help. Regularly take kelp extract to replenish iodine and help regenerate stomach acid.For severe GERD, take anti-reflux medicines after consulting a doctor.
8. Get rid of fatigue and stress
Many people feel the symptoms of globus hystericus after a long, tiring day at work. Get rid of stress and fatigue to prevent episodes. Avoid long periods of talking on the phone. Where possible, avoid shouting, singing or misusing the throat muscles.
9. Get rid of post nasal drip
Post nasal drip tends to make globus sensation worse as the throat muscles have to overwork due to constant swallowing. Get rid of allergies with home remedies like steam inhalation to clear the drip.
10. Foods to avoid with globus
Avoid all acidic foods like caffeine, sodas, tea, alcohol, fried foods, sugary, processed foods etc. Eat alkaline foods like apples, cabbage, cauliflowers, broccoli and other cruciferous ones. Certain fruits like citrusy fruits can also aggravate globus sensation gerd. White potatoes, lean meat, asparagus, fish are some other acceptable foods. Certain nuts like almonds can prevent GERD. FODMAP diet can also help. ACV, honey, aloe vera juice are some best foods for globus sufferers. Okra and oatmeal are some good foods to prevent GERD.
11. Catnip and Aloe vera tea
Mix brewed catnip tea with fresh Aloe juice in 50:50 ratio. Add honey to taste and drink this several times day. Also a cup of chamomile tea at night can help you alleviate stress and anxiety that causes globus sensation.
We hope these 11 remedies for globus hystericus help you out. If symptoms persist, do seek immediate medical care to rule out serious health issues.