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Can throat pain be related to RA?

I've had throat pain for a week now. Not a sore scratchy throat, but more like inflammation inside my neck so it hurts to swallow... I'm still new enough to this to not know what's related to RA and what's not.

  1. Hey ! Great question! It's entirely possible, as there is a joint in your throat - the cricoarytenoid joint. This article may give you more insight here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/a-hoarse-of-a-different-color/ Definitely worth bringing up to your doctor(s) if you have concerns! Thanks for being here with us 😀 -Alesandra (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

    1. Thank you!!!!!!!

      1. Hi , thanks for your question! Just wanted to add that in my personal experience, I've had an inflammation-like pain similar to what you are describing that often correlates/coincides with having an RA flare. It's painful, and I'm sorry you are experiencing this. I'm unsure if it's RA-related, but regardless, if you have any concerns, you should talk to your doctors about this!

        Take care,

        David (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

        1. Thank you - I think I've narrowed it down to actually being the back/side of my tongue - I had a sore spot on my cheek there a week ago and it seems to have moved to my tongue, which makes the pain go down my throat and even into my ear when I swallow.
          I wonder sometimes if I'm a hypochondriac now, as well as having RA, LOL!! I hate always bothering my doctors, but I'll ask if it doesn't go away.
          Thanks very much!!!

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