Hysterical balloon is an overwhelming sensation of a lump or foreign object lodged in the throat of a person, who after a physical examination any object or lump present is discarded. Although the sensation of a balloon in the throat is persistent and somewhat bothersome, it is not painful. This symptom is often difficult to treat, it can last for a long time and recur in the future. Many people report that they feel relief just by eating or drinking.
The origin of the hysterical balloon
Hippocrates had already recorded the first globe cases about 2,500 years ago. In 1707 John Purcell described it as a pressure on the thyroid cartilage, caused by the contraction of the muscles of the neck strap.
Still, doctors mistook the balloon sensation reports for bouts of hysteria and it was known as “hysterical balloon”, since it was associated with menopause or other psychological factors in women. In 1968 the sensation of the globe ceased to be associated with signs of hysterical personality and was renamed “pharyngeal globe”
Balloon sensation, also called hysterical balloon, is a term used for describe the feeling of a lump in the throat where there is no true lump. It is extremely common and can be associated with hoarseness.
This condition can be suffered by both men and women. Although it is more common for women to report symptoms than men. Likewise, older people are more likely to report it than younger people.
The causes of the hysterical balloon can vary in each individual. The most common is increased muscle stiffness in the throat. There may also be irritation or swelling of the tissues that cover it. The origin can also come from psychological disorders, acid reflux or cervical spondylitis.
The treatment will depend on the origin of each of the cases of hysterical balloon, since there is no common method. Not only that all procedures will not be effective for all cases, but symptoms may also reappear, after finishing therapy. In other people it may be more effective, making the condition disappear or reducing discomfort.
Some treatments consist of the administration of drugs that inhibit the production of acid or antacids such as aluminum hydroxide.
When the causes are of psychological origin such as anxiety and stress, treatment with a specialized professional can relieve the person and reduce their discomfort.