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I've been experiencing choking sensation and tightness in a throat for a few months now. Anything around the neck (clothes, chain, even the belt in car),
sometimes bending or tight clothes around the waist cause choking. Laryngoscopy, gastroscopy are OK. Found small nodule on my thyroid. (ENT wants to do the biopsy under the U/S, but he says he doesn't think it is the cause of my symptoms). So far no answers and no help. Started to get depressed. Anyone who knows anything about these symptoms please help!
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replied May 2nd, 2007
Hi,

The choking sensation is definitely uncomfortable. Do u suffer from dysphagia? (diff. swallowing) Could it be possible that you talk to your GP about a referral to an allergist? Maybe you're allergic to something that causes that reaction. Do you get Short of breath? If you do, all these are valid reaons to give your GP or specialist another visit and tell them all about the symptoms.

I hope you feel better soon. Don't feel hopeless. Tests are still being run. And I'm sure they'll come up with something soon. I'm happy to talk with you if you want to talk.

Good luck. Look on the bright side.
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replied April 26th, 2012
throat pain, difficulty swallowing, shorness of breath
i have every symptom you mentioned (throat pain, difficulty swallowing, shorness of breath, what do you think it could be?
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replied May 6th, 2007
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I don't know about the bending over part, but what you describe sounds alot like Globus Hystericus. It's an anxiety disorder that causes the throat to tighten up. It feels like there is something choking you or stuck in the back of your throat. If you have collars that are close to your throat they are uncomfortable. I have had it for years on and off. It acts up for me more when it's cold, or when I am stressed about something, but it can come on for no reason. Takes a while to get rid of, but eventually, it does go away. Sometimes the doctor can give you muscle relaxants to stop the throat muscle from clenching up. If you can provide a few more details it would help.
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replied April 10th, 2008
hi there
hi , i was reading your letter there , and i have the same thing as yourself , the doctor said it was globus Hystericus , actually as i typing here i have it and its , very uncomfortable , i have the same symptoms as you a tightening in the troath as if there is something stuck in it and as you say it comes and goes , i think its to do with stress and anxiety ,
what medication were you perscribed ......
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replied April 10th, 2008
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Throat tightness
Hi! To tell you the truth, it's been years since I went to the doctor for this so I honestly don't remember what the medication was, just that it was a muscle relaxant. Isn't it awful? I don't get it all that often anymore, thank goodness, but now I have a new thing...it started when I got really sick on a trip in 2003. Now I feel like there is a clog in the back of my throat, between my sinuses and my actual throat. It's ALWAYS there, and when I get a bad cold, I have alot of mucus that I have to gag up. I went to three doctors and none of them were able to help me. Just got off being sick for almost three months, and though the rest of me is better, the clog just won't leave! If it keeps up, it's back to the doctor for me. I thought it was a nodule or polyps, but the doctors said no before, so now I am thinking allergies. I know my nose always feels like it wants to run! Good Lord, we are a mess, aren't we? Don't fret, yours will leave you in time. Whenever you get that feeling, raise your head alittle and slowly breath in and out deeply. That seemed to help me some. Hope it works for you too! Take care!
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replied April 22nd, 2008
same here.... except it tightens and i feel a scratchy feeling in the back of my throat.... almost as if there is a spider in there... haha its funny but it scares the crap out of me... I would look into self-hypnosis... I can get rid of almost all of my anxiety/panic attacks using self-hypnosis... the only hard part is getting them to stop completely... self-hypnosis i have found helps short term like clonazipam or xanax... it doesn't get rid of the problem
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replied May 7th, 2008
OMG i have this too! at least partly. it often feels like there's some sort of flem down in my throat and i often have to try and swallow it down. my voice changes cause it titens and this is usually because i get uncomfortable around people and its pretty embarrassing for me. it's really good to hear your comments about this everyone
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replied May 25th, 2008
throat closes up
my throat also feels swollen, like there is something in it that needs to come up. I first noticed this 33 years ago. When I was treated for depression it went away, but lately under stress it comes back. I read about throat exercises that you can google. They are supposed to help with anxiety, snoring, and sleep apnea. So I am going to try them. I am always wanting to eat and drink hot tea, as this helps as long as I am doing it, but am gaining weight, so I am using gravol...which helps some.
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replied January 21st, 2013
Im just seeing thais have been told im suffering from an axiety disorder and sometimes it drives me crazy .I keep thinking that there is something in my throat and on my chest and its awful .sometimes I even wonder if it will go away I went to an ENT who assured me that there is notheing wrong with my throat , and even others wish there was something to make it disappear.
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replied August 30th, 2008
choking sensation
I have this choking/blockage feeling on and off for about 5 yrs. I have panic disorder so....I think I make it worse in my mind. Anyway, I am having a really hard time with it right now! I have never had it checked other than normal check-ups. I am to scared! I also feel as if there is something stuck in my ear. I did have this checked and they found nothing but the pharmacist said it sounds like the tube from the ear to the sinus may have a blockage such as normal drainage and that it happens frequently to people. Not sure all I know is it makes my panic attacks worse because I am unable to let it go!
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replied September 3rd, 2008
Hypnotherapy helped
I've been having this same chocking sensation for about 4 years, it started when I moved to another city after getting married and was looking for a job. I talked to my doctor about it back then, I had a barium swallowing test, MRI, neurologist check up, speech therapy, none of that helped, my speech therapist suggested it was stress/anxiety related..in the beginning I didn't think so but as time went by I was conviced that in fact it was due to anxiety..after all it took me 8 months to find a job and this was really stressing and depressing me..when I finally started working it got better but did not completely go away (by the way..I've never actually chocked during meals), I did notice though..that when I was very busy I was able to eat fine..almost like my mind was so busy thinking that it didn't have time to go into chocking mode. About 2 years ago I decided to give hypnotherapy a try and it did help a lot, although the feeling, again..diminished but didn't fully go away, I think I'll give hypnotherapy another shot and at the same time keep looking, I hate to go through 50 more years thinking that I'll choke at any meal. I do notice that it's worse when we are at a restaurant or have guests for dinner..so in my case it's definitely anxiety related.
Good luck to everyone and if anyone finds a good solution don't forget to come back and share with the rest of us!
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replied March 12th, 2009
Anxiety and Mitral Valve Prolapse
I have a mitral valve prolapse, and when I having anxiety, I feel the chocking feeling in my neck. One of the symptoms of mitral prolapse is a chocking feeling. I think that symptom is exacerbated when a person with the condition is having anxiety. Sometimes I also a feel as if I am being pierced by needles in my nake. Without a doctor's diagnosis I have figured out that the chocking feeling is the combination of the mitral prolapse and anxiety.
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replied May 7th, 2009
choking, something stuck in throat sensation
I have that feeling too of a piece of food or something stuck in my throat that I have to try and keep swallowing. I also have a shallow cough, that has been hanging around as long as the throat choking feeling (about a month now) At first I thought it was something I picked up in India (I was there for 2 months), but after reading this forum I realize its probably from depression and anxiety which I have been feeling for the last few months. Looking for a job, starting a new job with unfamiliar surroundings and wondering if I did the right thing etc. Also I was very hurt by a friend which I think has also depressed me. I was worried I had some kind of growth in my throat or thyroid....
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replied May 30th, 2009
Hi,

Thank God i'm not the only one. I have had a fear that I'm gonna choke on something on and off since I was 14. and about 3 weeks ago, it came out of nowhere and I couldn't eat, then I was scared to eat. Now when i try to eat a meal I get anxiety or very panicy so it starts up again and won't go away. I haven't had a steady job in awhile and i've lost some people in my life. Is it stress related? Any suggestions on what I can do to fully stop this? It's embarrassing and annoying and i just want to EAT NORMAL! I love food! WILL IT GO AWAY??
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replied November 12th, 2011
Check yourself and be aware if it is just panic. if it is just panic to eat, go back in your mind and try to remember when it started and what where you doing when it started. maybe you saw, heard or saw something that triggered that panic. Once you realize is just panic that took place in your mind because of something in your past, talk to yourself and realize that that is not real. Our minds have power to create and you have been believing your won mind trick. Just fight with it and force it to trigger a positive believe. Fear to death many times traps us into the irrational.
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replied June 8th, 2009
Choked as a kid
Oh my gosh...I've had this problem since I was a kid. I choked when I was about 5 years old and my mom totally panicked which I think made it more traumatic. I have an anxiety disorder so now whenever I get worked up I get this choking sensation and I feel like I can't breathe. Its like my throat is closing off and climbing higher and I have to keep poking that concave spot at the base of my neck. Eating is also a problem because I think I'm not going to be able to swallow. Sometimes its that choked up and gonna cry feeling. Sometimes it feels like my throat between my sinuses and the back of my mouth is swollen. Oh, and it ONLY happens in the late hours of the day for some reason. Night time breathing problems are 10000x scarier at night for me. I've been to my doctor about my sinuses and I've been given antibiotics and heartburn meds. She also told me I had a viral infection and that's why I feel like I can't breathe so she prescribed an inhaler. Years ago I saw a hypnotherapist and she really helped me out. For years I was fine but the anxiety attacks returned last year.
I'm glad to read that other people have this panic attack symptom. It reassures me that I'm not going to drop dead of asphyxia!

I read somewhere that jaw exercises, neck stretches and a warm compress on the throat can bring relief but sometimes when I'm so panicked it doesn't work!
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replied August 25th, 2009
hi im 13 years old i had it 1 night and i thought i was going to die and i had it the other morning i had some toast and everytime i swallowed i felt it but there was nothing there i swallowed a bit funny cause i had no saliva in my throat and no one is choking coz if u were u wud not be able to talk and u wud be be on the floor but its all stress and anxiety related i fink and besides if its something like toast i will dissolve away
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replied November 10th, 2009
hard time talking
im 14 and this is mbad but i smoked weed alot but now i stopped for like 7 months, but the thing is my throat always feel tight, its really hard to talk because everytime i do it feels lik,e my throat is tighten up and i get outa breath..its been going on for a year
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replied November 11th, 2009
hi,
i used to do this i was told it was stress related at first, i was given some free videos these where of tremendous help.
this really helped me then after this i found that the doctor checked out my thyroid and found that it was mildly under active, like wise nothing to worry about now all ok.
best wishes.
smoothie
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replied November 26th, 2009
choking and dizzy spells
im 43 now and have been suffering from this choking thing for the last 6 years, iv been to the docs about it and he sent me for tests to the hospital and they came back negitive,
my doc seems to think its a form of stress and gave me some sort of tablets in which did very little to help.
as i hate going to doctors, i have now turned to alcohol to relieve the problem in which is fine after about 4 pints but it all comes back again the next day.
i dont want to live my life having to get drunk all the time just to get relief from this most annoying feeling.
i also get these dizzy spells when i go into a shopping center or any enclosed places.
if anyone have any advice on this to help, please do so as it is doing my head in.
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replied December 5th, 2009
gastritis + anxiety
I’m a 53 year old male. I live a healthy lifestyle. Good diet, regular exexcercisenon-smoker. Yet I still have digestive problems.

I have a 10-year history of GERD, and I’ve been on acid blockers for just about that long. In fact, since 2008 my problems have been getting worse. In May 2008 I went to the ER with angina-like symptoms that were diagnosed as Gastritis.

For me, the acute Gastritis symptoms occur with loads of anxiety, dry mouth, globus sensation, shortness of breath, the whole nine yards. The doctors just tell you to take Prevacid or some other proton pump inhibitor, which does not solve the problem.

Doctors are of remarkably little help here. For a problem that is so life-altering, it gets very little attention, even when you present with symptoms... and by life-altering, I mean that there are many things I don’t do anymore due to the fear of getting caught in a situation where I my symptoms fare up.

The issue posted by junior196600 of getting dizzy in shopping malls and public places is a problem I’ve had many times. I’ve started to avoid those places, even though I enjoy them. That sucks. I can’t go to concerts, I can’t date. It’s a good day when I can drive to the grocery store and not dread it.

I’m trying to maintain my gym schedule, even though I feel nauseated sometimes and can’t get very physical. When things get bad I drink a little wine and that takes the edge off a little. But it comes right back the next day.

I am going to offer an idea. If you have Gasrtits and anxiety symptoms that seem to be related, do a Google search: gastritis + anxiety and read the posts. I did this, and found some relevant information.

There is a little known drug called Librax that is prescibed for extreme gastric problems like ulcers related to tension. It’s been around a long time. I think many doctors don’t know about it and never use it. But some people with our symptoms are saying it helps them, so I am going to try it. I’ll post again if I find it helps me.

Anything else I find out, I’ll be happy to share with you here.

Best of luck,

H
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replied November 14th, 2011
hey I have a similar problem.. apparently the heartburn problem might be due to NOT having enough acid in the stomach. I'm not a doctor or anything, and I haven't lived with it as long as you have but I'm sure you'd be willing to look at it as a possibility if it could help.
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replied January 4th, 2010
tightness in throat
I am so glad that I found this forum, I am 33 years old and for the past 5 days I have had this terrible feeling of tightness in my neck,and its worse in the evening. the only way to describe it is "A turtleneck sweater that is just too tight." I can breath fine, and swallow food fine. sometimes it is difficult to swallow my saliva. I thought it was a reaction to the Activia yogurt that I started eating around the same time this started, so I stopped eating it,and I am hoping this feeling goes away soon. Has anyone here found any relief?
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replied November 8th, 2011
feeling of "choking"
I have the same sensations that you are having. The "turtle neck sweater being too tight", describes it perfectly. This doesn't happen all the time, but it happens a lot. A counsellor I am seeing tells me "You can control it", but so far I haven't been able to. It happens if I am talking to people and it doesn't seem to matter where this speaking takes place. When I am at home I am fine. I also sing and play guitar. It has happened a few times while doing this and it is very inconvienient. It feels like I can't swallow and my throat "locks up". I find that if I am upset by something , like an arguement then the "choking" feeling doesn't happen, but I don't want to spend the rest of my life POed just to not feel that sensation. It is horrible and the more I think about it when it is happening the worse it gets. Also, this does not happen when I am eating, so I am not physically choking. I just feel like I can't swallow and this overwhelming panic sets in, of course only for a few seconds, but it feels like an eternity. Does this discribe what may be happening to you?
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