Some people feel as if they have a lump or mass in their throat when no mass is actually there. If this sensation is unrelated to swallowing, it is termed globus sensation, or globus hystericus which does not mean the person is hysterical. If people have the sensation but also notice difficulty swallowing, see Difficulty Swallowing. Doctors are not sure what causes globus sensation.
Progressive Diseases of the Esophagus
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: More Than Heartburn - American Family Physician
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD , is a chronic acid-reflux condition that occurs when stomach acids flow back into the esophagus. The acids cause discomfort to the lining of the throat, therefore causing GERD symptoms. GERD is a very well known disease and millions of people are commonly affected by the symptoms. The severity of GERD can be different for everyone ranging from simple heartburn to significant health problems. Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation within the chest. Occasionally the discomfort is accompanied by the rising of acid reflux into the esophagus.
Learning About a Lump in the Throat
The condition that people refer to as a "lump in the throat" is a feeling that an object is stuck in your throat. It's also called globus say "GLOH-bus". You don't really have anything stuck there. But the feeling is real, and it can be uncomfortable.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter LES does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.