Lump in Throat feeling When Singing

By suzanne | Uncategorized

Sep 04


Over the years several of my students have told me that they experience a lump in their throat feeling when they are singing. There are some medical issues that can cause this feeling, so it is always best to get checked out by your doctor if you are experiencing a feeling of a lump in your throat.

Have a thorough check of your thyroid. Your doctor will check your thyroid by gently feeling the front of your throat with their fingers and visually looking for any unusual lumps. If they find something, further evaluation by sonogram will be done to see if there is a problem to be fixed. They will also draw blood to be sure all of your markers for thyroid health are normal.

Your doctor may send you to a vocal cord specialist to have you scoped. The doctor will gently slide a tiny camera down your throat (you won’t feel it) and have you sing several vowels on different pitches so that they can see your vocal folds in action.This is no big deal and is actually kind of cool because you will get to see what your vocal folds look like when you sing.

The specialist will be checking for nodes or polyps that could be causing discomfort. If any are detected, the first treatment is usually voice therapy with a specially trained therapist who can help you learn to speak and sing without doing things that cause such problems. Very often this allows the voice to heal without the doctor having to perform surgery. If necessary, the doctor can put you to sleep and take a tiny bit of your vocal cord out, removing the problem without damage to your voice. There will be a time of healing and therapy, and then you will be good to go.

Another possibility would be acid reflux.  You can have reflux without even feeling it, so a check with your doctor is a good idea.  You can control this by eating a more alkaline diet, eating at least two to three hours before lying down, finding and eliminating your trigger foods, eating smaller meals, and elevating the head of your bed to help gravity keep the acid from churning up into your esophagus and throat.

If you check out all healthy, then it is very likely a muscle problem like I have. Mine was caused by a major injury to my neck. I have a lot of muscle tension and as a result I often have a sensation of a lump in my throat when I sing. In order to work around this, I have to have regular chiropractic adjustments and massage.

Most importantly, I warm up my voice every morning and practice some special therapeutic stretches that enable me to relax my neck muscles. You can find these stretches here.

Join today and let me help you with any restrictions you may be experiencing in your singing. My vocal methods will set you free to sing any style of music you choose.  Join now and check out my video teaching you the very stretches and exercises I do every day to avoid that terrible feeling of a lump in my throat when singing.

Happy singing!




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