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What causes an Adams apple to hurt?

Asked by tnatwo14 (176 points ) April 14th, 2009

Mine is bothering me right now, it’s a sharp ache. It’s not the first time it has hurt. What is causing this, and is there any known way to releive the pain or do I just have to wait it out again?

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asmonet's avatar

You probably just have a sore throat and are mistaken the location of the pain.
If that’s not the case, ask your doctor.

aviona's avatar

Did someone punch you?

Or maybe did you swallow a pill and it got stuck in your trachea for a second too long? That happens to me and it will bruise really easily and hurt for days. In that case it wouldn’t be your Adam’s apple.

tnatwo14's avatar

Nope, no punches or pills, just totally at random. I’m not sick, nor do I have any medical conditions. I have the misfortune of experiencing a lot of strange pains, I just always have, and this is just another I suppose.

hearkat's avatar

Is there swelling or tenderness? Is the pain above, in, or just below the larynx? Do you have any issues with fatigue or difficulty losing or gaining weight? I am asking because the thyroid is in the same area as your larynx.

tnatwo14's avatar

It seems like there was a swelling around the area. But then again I have a seemingly large and noticable adams apple, which I dislike. So it always seems swelled or too big to me.

FrancisRude's avatar

hmm, i did not notice any pain when i was growing mine. well not that I remember, maybe your just assuming because it is located to your throat area. sore throat maybe? strep?

someone suggested thyroid problem, its not goiter is it? do you have extreme weight loss or gain? if it is, the doctor might do some TSH blood levels test. If its enlarged, he might do some scans too.. BUT i think you are fine :)

its probably nothing, if pain lasted for 7 days or longer, please consider seeing your doctor.

try taking some pain relievers for the moment Tylenol (not too much), Advil or Motrin, motrin seems to work better for anti-inflammation and pain.

tnatwo14's avatar

Wow, I hope I’m not “still growing it”, I’ve had one for about 10 years. But no, like I said, no known medical conditions or anything. I meant maybe an hour or so when I said “wait out” the pain. It only lasts for a short time, and doesn’t happen often.

No extreme weight fluctuation. I am naturally skinny as I have fast motabolism, so I rarely gain any weight.

FrancisRude's avatar

well here is what I noticed, most skinny and tall guys have more visible adams apple.

hearkat's avatar

A naturally skinny person could have hyperthyroidism—get it checked.

asmonet's avatar

I was just going to say that.

Consider it seconded.

tnatwo14's avatar

@hearkat

Eh, I’m not too worried about it. Just a little curious at the time I posted this.

tnatwo14's avatar

@hearkat

Still, I don’t think my adams apple hurting for a few minutes on a rare occasion means I have cancer. I have no reason to believe I would develop any sort of cancer (not hereditary, I don’t smoke/use any drugs), especially at my young age.

hearkat's avatar

You never know, kid. I work in an Ear, Nose & Throat office and we see it happen. On another social network I met a man who got cancer of his tongue at a very young age with no risk factors, and they had to cut a substantial portion of it off.

What do you have to lose by getting it checked?

tnatwo14's avatar

Quite possibly having a doctor take a one minute look, write some things down on a paper, then charge me a hefty little fee to tell me there is nothing wrong with me…

Basically the story of every trip to the doctor I’ve ever made. I suspect the reason you would suggest such a thing at a whim would be because you are a doctor of some sort, and I’m sure you like have patients (or customers) as every business does.

hearkat's avatar

I recommend getting it checked because I am a person who believes “better safe than sorry”. And I have seen worst-case scenarios. I do work in health care, but not for the purpose of monetary gain. In fact, I will tell my patients not to waste their money and time if they aren’t going to comply with the recommended treatment.

If you don’t have health insurance (the true source of most of what’s wrong in our healthcare system), you could call specialists in your area and ask if they have charity care or reduced fees for the uninsured.

At the very least, next time you find yourself at a Doctor’s office for any reason, mention it to them. Good luck to you.

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