The tests were NORMAL.
That's right, no abnormalities, no enlarged thyroid, no nodules or masses.
. . . ?
This drops us back to Square One, except that I'm worse off than before and it feels like I'm going downhill.
Next step: convince my general to let me see an ENT specialist (Ears, Nose, Throat)... as I still feels like I'm being slowly strangled. There's got to be something amiss in one of the organs in my neck, I can't imagine my vocal cords feeling like a walnut stuck in my throat is normal. :P