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January 6th, 2010
Choking sensation allergic reaction?
I just had an experience like this. I say go to the doctor right away. I started having that same problem but I noticed it was always when I ate chicken. I'd eat it and then I would have that sensation of not being able to swallow and something being stuck normally a glass of water would clear the problem. This time it didn't, I ended up in the hospital, my throat got from bad to worse, I thought I was going to die. Turns out I am allergic to chicken. The doctor said that this kid of of reaction is not uncommon when you are allergic to something, most of the time its swelling or rashes. I'd say go to the doctor and see if it might be an allergic reaction to something. It is the worst feeling in the world when it escalates to the point of not being able to breath.
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replied January 6th, 2010
Re: tightness in throat
jstsara wrote:
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?


I was given two types of medicine I was so scared of passing out that I didn't ask what was injected. I had to be injected with two types of medication. I know one of them was the same stuff they give people with rattlesnake bites, I heard the nurse mention it. I would not eat anything that you know gives you that sensation. I did with chicken cus I used to think I didn't chew it enough or it was too dry. It got from bad to worse. I was told to stay away from chicken or next time it could be worse. Be careful and go see a doctor. It is the worst feeling in the world not being able to breathe. My neighbor told me to eat bananas and it actually makes my throat feel better, only I'm kinda scared to eat now. I dont ever want to feel that again.
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replied February 1st, 2010
tightness in the throat.not a physical threat
hi,i started getting anxiety symptoms last october and ended up in Primary care feeling like i couldn't breath.while in primary care i then had a full blown panic attack.i would say that about a month after the first attack i started getting this feeling of tightness in my throat and sometimes it feels like i have something stuck in my gullet.sometimes the tightness seems to move higher and i can actually feel it in the centre of my head.i too get it mostly at night but thats because i have more time to focus on it when i'm watching tv or stuff like that.if im doing things throughout the day it doesn't seem to bother me much.also if i have a stressfull day i feel it get tighter.i was advised that it is'nt because of anything physical happening,and it isn't really tightening up.more of a sensation that your throat is tightening,like it would if you were to see a child step into the road and you get that lump feeling in your throat-only it seems to stay with you,as with most of the symptoms that come with anxiety.once you have an anxiety disorder it is to do with the brain not being able to rationalise the fact that something isn't a threat.if i worry about sometning,even if i don't feel worried for too long,once the symptoms start happening-tight throat etc then it seems to stay with me regardless.the way i deal with it is to try to take my mind off it as much as possible,and keep telling yourself what is really happening.get up and make a cuppa,or do something that will temporarily take your focus off your throat.this seems to ease the tightness and if you do this you tend not to worry too much which can lead to the vicious circle.worrying about the symptoms and then feeling it more and it going round and round.it is hard to deal with but i think you learn to cope with it.just remember that it isn't anything physical that will make you choke or anything.hope this helps.regards, Donna
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replied February 3rd, 2010
Chocking Sensation in throat
I am a 39 years old male and having the problem of chocking sensation in my throat since last one and half year when I had panic attacks and anxiety disorders. It in fact happened when i left my parents and started to live separately with wife and 3 kids. I am very much close to my parents ( maybe because of eastern lifestyle as resifing in Karachi ). Soon after my separation from my parents my father got sick and I couldn't bear the shock though he recovered well Alhamdolillah but I remained stressed and was continuously worried about parents health though living just a km away from their house.
I also cant fly because I had a traumetic event on the flight when I was returning back fm Singapore after official training. This penetrated deep into me and inspite of having very good performance ( as mentioned by my foreign / british principals ) I cant progress as cant travel abroad.

Anyways docctors say that every thing id ok with my throat and its because of anxiety which I am unable to take over. Its really terrifying situation and only those can feel who pass through same situation. This forum really gave courage to me and realized that I m not alone in this world with such a problem.
T4 any real help from any expert would be warmly welcome.
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replied February 18th, 2010
Something similar
I have something similar but it is only external. Like clothes or jewelry feel like hands wrapped around my neck, squeezing - at least psychologically. It limits me with tops and jewelry very much and I get very anxious. It is worse when I have stress but it also gives me stress. I want to cure it so I can wear more clothing - right now I need very, very deep v-neck tops and super long necklaces. Sad
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replied February 25th, 2010
Geff
choking feeling

Hi im 27yo and ive developed this choking feeling for about a month now.. I had a panic attack a month ago and since then everytime im stressed i feel like im being choked, i can swallow and eat fine but this choking feeling wont go away.. BTW im newly wed, been trying to get a job for 6 months now..
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replied March 7th, 2010
I've been experiencing anxiety related problems(tight throat, difficulty breathing, hard to get a full breath) for at least the past 3 years and may have been mistaking anxiety related breathing problems for asthma years before that.

It didn't get real bad till about 3 years ago when I started feeling like I couldn't breathe and inhalers weren't helping. I had to go to the hospital 2x because I thought I was going to suffocate, but it was anxiety not real breathing problems. I have been tested for both breathing and heart problems and was fine in both areas, so it's definitely a mental thing.

I was put on Alprazolam(Xanax) but found it made me really drowsy and I felt lifeless when on it, plus I could barely stay awake at work. It also didn't completely get rid of the tightness in the throat problems or breathing difficulties but did help quite a bit. So I recently stopped taking them and started silently talking to myself when symptoms start happening telling myself it isn't real, it is just my mind over reacting, and I am breathing fine and there's nothing to be anxious about. This usually helps get me back under control and if it doesn't I get up and walk some if at work or get on my elliptical machine if at home, and be sure to breathe in through my nose 2 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds through the mouth as I walked until I felt I was breathing okay again. That usually helps for awhile. It's sometimes a non-stop battle and is quite annoying and uncomfortable but I haven't had to take a pill in a couple months now. It does seem to be getting better, as the past week or so I've only had a couple days that were fairly bad, but I do feel the tightness in my throat to some degree every day. I'm hoping this will eventually go away altogether as it did for my aunt when she lost a bunch of weight and got in shape.

I have noticed when I am concentrating on doing something or exercising I don't have any problems or very few, so it's definitely a mental thing.
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replied March 10th, 2010
Short of Breath and something in my throat?
On Sunday, I had a large meal and felt like I couldn't take a breath. I called 911 and they sent an ambulence out. They ran some test and said they couldn't see anything with xrays but I could have gastritis and I'm seeing a specialist tomorrow. Eating has sent me into full blown out panic and I can barely swallow, after feeling short of breath all day I went to the ER. I have no insurence but the feeling is getting unbareble. I only get it when I eat and I can't figure out why. It takes for ever to calm myself down. I feel like I'm loosing my mind and my boyfriend doesn't know what to say. I just want to eat like normal again. Could this be a mixture of anxiety and the other thing? I don't know what to think anymore.
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replied March 11th, 2010
I usually have it worse after a meal as well. It could be my anxiety about being over weight, dunno. It's usually much worse at work then it is at home. I'm getting into shape tho so if it's that hopefully it'll help with the problem. I had been doing pretty good the past week or so but have been having a lot of problems again here this week. Sad

My problem I think is a mixture of anxiety and minor asthma. I think sometimes when I am having a little asthma problems it gets made into a much bigger deal by my anxiety problems. My doctor did ask if I had any allergy problems, as that may also have something to do with some of the problems I have.

Just remember if it is just anxiety it's not life threatening just really scary at times and highly annoying.
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replied March 13th, 2010
I had that lump feeling in my throat after the sudden death of my young brother in law. I had so much anxiety that I developed chest pains and that lump in my throat....like a choking sensation. After numerous tests and drs it all kept coming back to gerd or anxiety induced esophogitis. I tried several meds for the acid reflux with little success..I finally stopped taking everthing and it resolved it's self, but it took a good 9 months. Also, I was given zanax and that helped relax me so much and it helped more than the throat lump. Good luck to you all...you will be ok...if you work on reducing your anxiety. Try walking or just moving...it does wonders! But most of all pray to God....ultimately He is your answer, His will is to heal you if you ask.
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replied March 13th, 2010
I had that lump feeling in my throat after the sudden death of my young brother in law. I had so much anxiety that I developed chest pains and that lump in my throat....like a choking sensation. After numerous tests and drs it all kept coming back to gerd or anxiety induced esophogitis. I tried several meds for the acid reflux with little success..I finally stopped taking everthing and it resolved it's self, but it took a good 9 months. Also, I was given zanax and that helped relax me so much and it helped more than the throat lump. Good luck to you all...you will be ok...if you work on reducing your anxiety. Try walking or just moving...it does wonders! But most of all pray to God....ultimately He is your answer, His will is to heal you if you ask.
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replied April 6th, 2010
Choking sensation due to toxic dental material
Hi all,

I had similar symptoms while on vacation in Europe last month. Before leaving for the trip I had a temporary filling installed on my back molar. I discovered (after spending thousands of dollars on medical tests) that I am allergic to a dental filling material called Miracle Mix which has Methyl Acrylate in it. I had the filling replaced with a different type and the symptoms subsided in a matter of a week. It was so bizarre and scary. I had it all....felt like pill trapped in throat...difficult to breathe....could only eat soups and drink water....felt like something was almost crawling under the skin of my throat.....thought I was going crazy and that I would suffocate in the night.....it was NOT due to anxiety. Get tested by an allergist.....and have the fillings removed ASAP. Trust me. MA does NOT belong in peoples mouths...it is PVC pipe cement for heavens sake! Should be banned.

Good luck to all of you......I know exactly what you are going through and sadly, many medical professionals are unsympathetic and haven''t a clue.

Take care,

Kermit
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replied April 24th, 2010
I just ended up in the emergency because of this feeling you are all describing. The lady said it was due to my panic attack. I''ve been getting them more severe lately, and they come out of nowhere usually.Tonight, it started with this tightness in my chest, and felt like something was stuck in my throat..but nothing would go down, and the feeling refused to go away. I still sorta feel it right now but I''ve calmed down some. But scary as hell!! I just took a gravol to help sedate me a little. But holy hell....I am hoping this is just due to the anxiety, cause what a horrid feeling! Felt like I was choking...so awful. Is this common with most panic attacks?? What have you all done to help make this go away?
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replied April 26th, 2010
Im glad i can relate to what you are feeling as i have this feeling for almost 4 months now.. Im 27 years old.. It started when i experience my first panic attack, The day i was so stressed due to hangover. I got a very unpleasant feeling that im going to collapse and die. My whole body become numb and stiff i thought im having a heart attack or stroke.. I was rushed to the hospital and they ruled it out as panic attack due to anxiety (ECG and blood test came normal) They gave me B complex vitamins and a relaxant which i forgot what is, anyway, i got better for a couple of days till it hit me again. I was so nervous and my heart is pounding really hard, i got over the second attack which seem to become milder that time.. Months have past and i didn't get hit with panic attacks but what remained is the choking feeling and the Difficulty taking a deep breath, Im always like this and its worse mostly in the morning few mins or an hour upon arising, then it stays the whole day.. When im stuffed or just had a meal i feel less discomfort though,I dunno why but i really feel uneasy about this, I cant do things that i want and scared to go out feeling i might have an attack again.. I cant stop thinking of my breathing and my chest area feels tight, I went to a psyche doctor and she told me it was really an anxiety(hard to believe)I was given Altrox (Aprazolam)and bcomplex vitamins since then.. 4 days on it i feel completely fine!!! i was so happy by that but day 5 it came back again, to this day im having this symptoms even taking anti depressant.. ive tried korean red ginseng which was recommended to relax me by a friend but it did a little help.. I just want to be a normal person again!!! I want my old self!!! May god cure us and help us everyday.. goodluck too everyone..
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replied May 12th, 2010
Tight throat/Can''t Swallow/Feel like I will stop breathing!
This forum has been my mind at ease. I have had this choking/tight throat sensation for a few years now. I was on an anti-anxiety medication for a while that seemed to curb the severeness of these attacks. I recently became pregnant and had to stop taking the medication. Since I stopped, I have been unable to eat a full meal and have lost a tremendous amount of weight which as you can imagine is a problem for pregnancy.
I now know that the medication was working and so it is in fact anxiety. KNowing this fact has helped me not go into a full blown panic attack, because I can tell myself that I am NOT going to die or choke, it is just the anxiety and in my head... My advise for anyone scared, that you need to be able to tell yourself that you are not dying. I tend to go into the bathroom and look at my throat in the mirror, I can see that my airway is open and that can help calm me down. Also, I found that eating dry foods can make the swallowing issue 10x''s worse and I stick to soups and other moist foods.
I am glad that there are others like me out there (although I do wish that no one had to suffer with this). Knowing that you don''t have some rare, undiagnosed fatal disease like on the show "House" is comforting... We just can''t let our minds scare us more than we need to be.
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replied May 13th, 2010
The feeling most of you describe is globus hystericus. It is actually caused by an anxiety disorder or reaction to stress of some sort. It is not dangerous, but rather a very uncomfortable feeling. I personally have dealt with anxiety disorder for much of my life and I get that feeling from time to time although I do take Xanax long term. It has been gone for years, but recently returned when I attempted to decrease my dosage. Not a good idea! Now I am back to my usual dosage and hoping my body will catch up soon. But don't worry....it is just a feeling, and will go away when you do not give power to it by thinking about it. Get involved in an activity or concentrate on breathing and in time it will disappear as fast as it came on.
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replied May 25th, 2010
Well everyone let me tell you my story, when I was 16 I came home one night from my g/friends and I had a sudden panic attack like I was choking and couldnt breath, I was taken to hospital and checked over, nothing was found. I had barium swallow, tests, ENT referels, you name it I had the tests. I am now 34 and have lived with this feeling in my throat for almost 20 years, there isnt a day go by when I dont think about it, I know its anxiety because when Im drunk Im ok and also when I first wake up in the morning im fine well for about an hour anyway, everytime I eat I have to drink liquid to get it down and thats even with yogurts, when I go out for a meal I have to get drunk first, I cant eat out in public without alchol. I have take Cipralex which help a little but not enough, I have tried relaxation techniques which never worked, It all stems from when I was 13 I choked on a piece of steak and I almost died I was only a few seconds from passing out, the thought will never leave me. I just hope someone out there has a cure for this type of anxiety, if anyone would like to speak more write me. Good luck everyone remember were not weird just anxious Ha Ha.
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replied May 29th, 2010
I am so glad that I found this forum. Because it has put my mind at ease. I have this choking sensation/gagging in my throat that I cannot seem to get rid of. And I have been trying to find some answers !!!!! It mostly occurs when I have things near my neck like tight clothes or something like that. It started when I went shopping with my mom and when I tried on some dresses. I had a difficult time because it felt like they were really close to my neck so I started to get the choking feeling and I was freaking out and wanted to take the dress off. And also when my mom put a necklace around my neck and tried to fasten it I was freaking out because it felt like it was choking me. Then she got upset with me so that made the situation worse and ever since then I got the choking sensation when I wear certain t-shirts. The only t-shirts I can wear are like if they have really low v-necks or something.
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replied June 5th, 2010
Same feeling here. It brings on mild anxiety attacks. I find eating an apple, no peel, gives me a "scrubbing " feeling and it helps, or ice chips. Also, drinking hot liquids seems to help.

I put the anxiety to weight gain. I tend to get better the more I lose weight. When the attack does occur, I'll hold my breath and breath out slowly and repeat till i get control back.

As of last night, I started experiencing Vertigo, now thats a hassle.
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replied June 5th, 2010
Same feeling here. It brings on mild anxiety attacks. I find eating an apple, no peel, gives me a "scrubbing " feeling and it helps, or ice chips. Also, drinking hot liquids seems to help.

I put the anxiety to weight gain. I tend to get better the more I lose weight. When the attack does occur, I'll hold my breath and breath out slowly and repeat till i get control back.

As of last night, I started experiencing Vertigo, now thats a hassle.
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