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I have been feeling like I have a lump in my throat

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Hello, I have been feeling like I have a lump in my throat for about a month, & a persistant cough with pain in my chest behind my breastbone. I am a fairly fit 47yr old female. The last couple of days I have been sweating/feeling hot sometimes but have no other cold/viral symptoms, other than feeling very tired. When I cough it feels like someone is sitting on/compressing my lungs, also if I lie down. ! I feel silly going to my GP if I just have a virus! I am starting to wonder if I might be hyperthyroid as I have many of the symptoms but don't want to feel like I am jumping the gun. I am currently waiting for carpal tunnel surgery, but wonder if it could be linked ? I have hair loss, slight depression (just come off Sertraline), a bit of anxiety, shaky hands, lowish BP so often a bit lightheaded, blood glucose goes low quite often, digestive problems, irregular periods (thought I was pre-menopausal), shortness of breath, even though I run & exercise a lot. Sorry there seems to be a lot there, would just appreciate some advice please ? Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. Davidbest thing is to see your GP doctor and get blood testing to check your thyroid hormone levels.that is the only way to know for sure your thyroid levels.some of your symptoms such as lump in your throat, chest pressure, chest pains, depression, anxiety, shaking hands can all be from excessive anxiety disorder or anxiety symptoms.you should make sure you eat regular meals and drink enough fluidsyou should keep exercising as this helps you strengthen your heart and helps to decrease anxiety somewhat.coming off of sertraline can worsen anxiety and depression symptoms if you have been on sertraline for a long time. you shouldn't feel silly going to see your GP doctorwhen was the last time you had blood work checked?