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I have been experiencing a chronic severe pain on the right side of my neck it masks itself as a choking swelling pain squeezing the arteries, making it hard to speak, breathe normally or move my upper body in a fluent motion. Could this possibly be my thyroid? or arising complications from a cardiac ablation I had many years old patientago? and when should I see a doctor?

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Thank you for your query at

I understand your concern.
I presume you have a swelling on the right side of your neck which is painful and is causing difficulty in speech and breathing as well as choking.
- Have I got that right? Please clarify.
- Does the swelling move up and down on swallowing?

A large thyroid swelling can cause those symptoms but this has to be confirmed on inspection and examination.
It is unlikely to be a complication from cardiac ablation done many years old patientago.
If all these symptoms are affecting your daily routine, you have to see a doctor.
Please reply and upload a picture of the swelling as it will help in diagnosis and I can provide a more definitive opinion.

Awaiting your response,

Patient replied :

Yes that is true, pain on the right side of my neck. the pain worsens when I eat, drink or bend down. It also seems to have a movement when I swallow. A large thyroid seems to make more sense at this point then anything else. I appreciate your kindness and hasty response I will have to make an appointment to see a doctor as it's been almost a week and the pain has not left me.
Thank you. Have a pleasant evening.


Thyroid swellings typically move on swallowing. To see a doctor in person would be the best thing to do. So please go ahead.

Wishing you a speedy recovery,
Take care.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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