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the "throat lump" is getting worse.
i feel like i have flem i need to cough up, but it won't go up or down.
lately it is so bad i get choking until i throw up sometimes.
at night when i lay down it is really annoying.
i started spiriva a couple of months ago & i love the fact my restingO2 seems so much better.
but reading up on spiriva "choking" and swollen sinus' (another thing i have had but just thought it was because i WAS sick---no longer sick).
has anyone else had these symptoms with spiriva?
did you have to stop spiriva due to it?
i am allergic to steroids so spiriva is about the only long acting inhaler i can use.
would appreciate any feedback on this.

p.s. i'm asking a few questions because i go to dr for checkup on friday so i'm trying to get info & ''my list" of items to discuss ready
Posted on 01/15/13, 02:47 pm
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Reply #11 - 01/18/13  2:06pm
" If it's not Spiriva, have you thought about having your Thyroid checked. I have to watch and let the Dr know if I am having trouble swallowing. Just a thought…. "
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Reply #12 - 01/18/13  7:44pm
" thyroid checked & okay.
i do have acid reflux so that could be adding to it
i went to dr today and we decided that "the benefits of spiriva outweigh any "lump" at this time."
so i am going to stick with it.
the HONEY however was another matter & i am stopping that.
other than my regular symptoms i got a good health report YAY!
no sign of infections and lungs are working as good as they can :)
now to just get through this winter cold air.
he did say to stay inside & not breath icy air if i can.
ty all~~~ what a great group!~!!! "
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Reply #13 - 01/19/13  12:58am
" I'm on the same band wagon as Anna. I had that lump in my throat and could hardly swallow anything. Scared me. It them progressed to a severe pain in my right side and started having blood in my stools. I was diagnosed with GERD, acid reflux/ulcer. Prior to that I had never had a stomach problem before in my life. They started me on a medication for it and I got almost immediate relief. I still take the medication but watch my diet and really have no problem with it at all. They said that was common to people with COPD, the medications we take messes with our throat linings. "
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Reply #14 - 04/20/16  5:29am
" Thank goodness I found this forum. I thought I was going crazy or even worse cancer. I have been having the same symptom of feeling like I have a lump in my throat.I started spiriva a few months ago. Just this morning I thought about the spiriva being the cause and good thing I did! All of you have brought me peace of mind!
Has anyone told there Dr. about this yet? If so what did they say? My Dr. always says he's never heard that before and then I feel like a hypochondriac :( "
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Reply #15 - 04/20/16  11:19pm
" hi aliceMc... and welcome to the board.
Yes, spiriva can cause a cough & 'difficulty swallowing"
I didn't realize i asked about this 3 years ago.

last october it got so bad I had an endoscope & a barrium swallow test.
I also have GERD, acid reflux & bile reflux ...so things have progressed over the years;
however, i do remember that the feeling like my throat was closing up started when i started spiriva.

I too have had dr's look at me like i'm a hypochondriac & that is so frustrating, but here is a link about spiriva;

I always try to remember that dr's deal with so many prescriptions that they can't know all the side effects, but i do feel they should listen & try to find out.
Often I find the pharmacist is much more knowledgeable about medications than Dr's are.
Of course we are blessed with the internet that has so much good information---it is just sorting out the good from the bad.

ps. spiriva has helped me breath so much that I chose to continue to take it as the side effects are less problem than not being able to breath :)

again, welcome to the board :) "

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