I got my mirena inserted around april/may of last year and have been seeing ear/nose/throat specialists since september. I have beendiagnosed with acid reflux (but don't even feel it) and am having major problems with my mouth and throat. I have on 2 heavy doses of acid reflux medicines for 3 months and nothing has changed. It's hard to explain but its a constant pain that was never there before, its kind of like I always have a lump in the back of my throat. I am a medical mystery according to my doctors, but he keeps saying that he thinks he is missing something. It dawned on my husband and i that it all started beginning a few months after I got the IUD put in. I am (or at this point was) a very healthy 31 year old. Needless to say I scheduled an appointment for wed to get this thing out. I never thought that having something inserted in my uterus could cause this many problems in my body, but it has to be. I went through so many blood tests and ruled out everything else they could think of, but it seems it comes down to my hormones being all out of sync.
Has anyone else had such strange side effects? It has ruled my life for the past 6 months and it has been misserable. Hopefully getting the IUD removed will help me somehow.
I had similar problems with my throat while having the Mirena. I was also diagnosed with reflux but never believed that was the problem. The ENT specialist just didn't know what else to call it. Several months on meds didn't help me either. Throat problems like yours can be attributed to an autoimmune response from the IUD, probably from the silicone it's made of. The Mirena has been associated with all kinds of autoimmune symptoms/diseases. I'm glad you're getting it removed. Hopefully your body will recognize the foreign body is gone and give up the attack. Be patient...it may take time.
I had my Mirena in a year before I noticed the throat problem. It felt like the lump you are discussing, but it was also like I couldnt get a deep breath at all. Went to the throat specialist and the gastrointerologist...no one figured anything out. When I got the Mirena removed, I no longer had the problem breathing, but the acid kicked up and I could actually taste it in my throat.
I think it is different for everyone since our hormones are all trying to regulate. Hopefully this Mirena hell will be over one day.
I had the same problem and suffer from reflux abouth 3 years. Never relate this problem with mirena, but the first thing I notice right after removing Mirena is that I didn't need to take my acid reflux pills any longer. Hope you feel better soon.
I felt like my throat was closing and that was one of the reasons for removal. Before I had it removed I also felt a lot of fullness in my ear and popping. The throat stuff has gone away, but the ear problems keep repeating. I also feel a fullness in my neck and have a small lymph node that has been popped out on the side of my neck for months now. They all say it's nothing. But hard to believe when you know you don't feel normal.
Thank you to all of you that replied. I can't believe it took me this long to figure this out...i just hope it is the cause. One thing I forgot about was that the only bloodwork that came back wacky dealt with the autoimmune but the doctors all said it wsn't related...
how soon after you got your mirena's removed did you start to feel relief. I have been patient for 6 months, so I guess I can handle anything.
Thanks again, and I am glad I am not crazy!
I am 15 months post, and I still sometimes have a hard time swallowing. My tests for autoimmune also came back "hinky", but nothing she could pinpoint. that's why she gave me the diagnosis of drug induced lupus.
Some of the symptoms I had cleared up within a couple days, or DRAMATICALLY improved. Others, mainly the fatigue and mild anxiety are still lingering. Like L said, if I look back to where I was a year ago, I feel great. If I look back to pre-mirena, not so great, BUT I am 6 years older (42), very stressed out, in the middle of a gloomy gloomy winter, and in menopause. I dont know how much those things play into it. the stress is probably the kicker.
I had mine in for almost the full 5. I think for many of the women who did not have it in so long the symptoms clear up quicker.....hang in there!