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stan
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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:32 am

Do you have trouble swallowing and have a tight throat?    Reply with quote  

Hi, dose anybody out there find they have diffuculty in swallowing or that they have a tight feeling in there throat all of the time. I always seem to be consious of my mouth and throat lately and its driving me mad. I seem to swallow more now just to check that i still can swallow. Somtimes it feels like i have a small ball stuck in my throat and im always worrying that im going to choke. This also has been effecting my sleep because i think im going to stop breathing. I lay in bed at night to scared to fall asleep because i have started to convince myself that my brain isnt telling mybody to breath or that it is telling my throat muscles to realax so much that my airways shut off. This in turn makes me tierd during the day and so things seem to get worse. These sensations are terriffing and are making my life hell. Can anybody out there help me?.
  
briary
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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:37 pm

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Hi Stan

This is a common symptom of anxiety and one which a lot of people suffer from.


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I lay in bed at night to scared to fall asleep because i have started to convince myself that my brain isnt telling mybody to breath or that it is telling my throat muscles to realax so much that my airways shut off.

Your brain is not telling your body that it cannot breathe. Breathing is an automatic response that you don't need to think about. You will continue breathing anyway.

This lump in the throat feeling is due to tightening of the muscles of the throat and it is called globus hystericus. However, the muscles are not going to contract so much that you become unable to breathe or swallow. It is just as with anxiety you get tightening of other muscles of the body due to being tense and the same is happening here. It is completely harmless.

Briary
stan
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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:23 pm

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Hello Briary, its nice to meet you.

Thank you for your responce and your good advice but do you realy think this is a normal responce to anxiety. Iv had it for about three weeks now and its realy begining to get me down. Iv suffered from anxiety and full blown panic attacks for about ayear now and have nearely suffered from every sensation that comes with anxiety. You name it and iv had it. It all stemed from when i had a major eperleptic fit in my sleep and i almost died. I had to spend three weeks in hospital. I think because this happend in my sleep im always abit frightend of going to sleep anyway. Night times are a diffucult time for me now. So is the sensastion in my mouth and throat realy nothing for me to worry about?. Iv been to my doctor and he says that every looks ok and he,s even booked me in to the E.N.T clinic but i still worry. Have you any more advice for me please?.
briary
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Post Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:00 pm

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Hi Stan

This is a very common symptom of anxiety and one that I've come across with other people many times. The symptoms experienced with panic can change, so that some ease or go away completely and then others can start. Check out this list of Symptoms of Anxiety for more information on the throat tightening.

It is good that your doctor has checked you out and has referred you to a specialist to put your mind at rest that there is nothing physically wrong.

What treatment have you had for the anxiety and panic attacks? It might well help you to ask your doctor for a referral to see a therapist for help with this.

Have you tried the free Panic Attacks Course yet? I think this will help you.

Briary
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Post Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:49 pm

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I have been having problems with postpartum anxiety and I know that when I'm worried about something, esp before bedtime, or if I think about my throat being tight, it is tight and it feels like I can't swallow. So in response, I swallow, swallow, swallow, until I tell myself it's ok or I fall asleep, whatever happens first. I have actually made my throat sore from swallowing so much. Fortunately, my anxiety seems to be getting better (or I guess I should say "going away"). So now my throat doesn't feel as tight anymore.
ButterflyGrl
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Post Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:21 am

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Originally posted by stan


It all stemed from when i had a major eperleptic fit in my sleep and i almost died. I had to spend three weeks in hospital. I think because this happend in my sleep im always abit frightend of going to sleep anyway. Night times are a diffucult time for me now. So is the sensastion in my mouth and throat realy nothing for me to worry about?.


Stan.....

I was just recently diagnosed with Epilepsy. I am 28 years old, and have had 2 major seizures.

The throat closing for me, was one of my "warning" signals that a seizure was coming. Followed by a TINGLING my my mouth.

Not to scare you, but I always thought, "OMG I am gonna have a seizure"...whenever I would get this "throaty" feeling. It's so hard to describe...its as if my throat dries up and it "catches" off of something in my throat and makes me TRY to swallow, and sometimes I can't.

My doctor says, since I am on medication it's hard to say whether it's an "aura" or anxiety or a combination of both. He thinks its globus hystericus. He says to me, "If a seizure is going to happen, it will happen meds or not"


If your doctor says you are fine, chances are, that you ARE fine.

I just have to learn to convince myself that too.

HUGS
chattyb
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Post Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:34 am

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Hi Stan. I can assure you this is normal, and you can relax. I am a speech therapist in a hospital (i work A LOT with swallowing and swallowing disorders). It is only the tightness of the muscles you are feeling, nothing is swelling. Something traumatic would have to happen to your brain to have a swallowing disorder (like stroke etc.) I can assure you this is not the case with you! I experience it all the time, so just breathe and drink some water! You'll be fine Smile!
esselle
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Post Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:35 pm

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Hi Stan - I was just reading your post and I just wondered if your throat thing has settled at all since you wrote it?
The reason I ask is that I am suffering with the Globus Hystericus and it's making things very uncomfortable for me. I have been suffering with it for about 3-4 months and it is ALWAYS present. Sometimes it makes me feel as though i cannot breath and I cannot imagine always feeling this way.
Hope to hear from you soon Stan and your advice would be appreciated?
Sarah x
BrokenFairy
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Post Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:30 pm

Constant lump feeling in the throat.    Reply with quote  

I had this for months and convinced myself that I had something serious.... I would almost belch out because it gave me the feeling that I needed to burp?! I is horrible and I would lay in bed all night for weeks with the feeling of something being stuck or wedged. It DOES go though - it's something you have when you're stressed and it passes - one day you just won't have it anymore. Promise x
esselle
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Post Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:54 pm

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Oh my god brokenfairy! Thank you so much for that! Do you really think it will go? It is really annoying and like you, often feel I need to belch it up! My GP says it's my throat muscles going into spasm and I even sometimes a strange 'clicking' sensation, really hard to describe. I have an endoscopy next month which i think i need to put my mind at rest. How long did yours last for incidentally?

Many thanks - Sarah x
BrokenFairy
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Post Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:33 am

HI Esselle    Reply with quote  

Honestly it WILL go! I still get it on and off it's called Globius Hystericus (I prbably haven't spelt this right!) I had my first bought for months in the run up to my wedding - it was soooooo horrible and I convinced myself I had htroat cancer or something equally as sinster Rolling Eyes

I still get it from time to time if something's bothering me or on my mind....

It's amazing what tension and anxiety can do to our bodies - it displays itself in so many different ways. Sometimes I get a racing heart, somethimes the shakes, sometimes a sick feeling in my stomach, sometimes a tension headache, sometimes a lump in the throat!!

I really can sympathise with you though, when I develope it I wake up with it and go to sleep trying to swallow with this feeling as if somethings stuck....

You'll get over it - promise x
BrokenFairy
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Post Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:44 pm

Esselle / Sarah - any better??    Reply with quote  

Hi Sarah,

I've been thnking about you and that 'feeling' you have in your throat - are you any better?? I was hoping that the fact you didn't reply to my advice was a good thing - y'know you've felt better so haven't felt the need to visit the forum for a while??!! Well I hope you're better - rsvp if not....

I know how I felt for so long when I had a bad bout of those symptoms last time - and I wish i'd had this forum to visit then.....
jaigurudev
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Joined: 31 Oct 2005
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Post Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:38 pm

throat tightens like a sob that wont release, worse mornings    Reply with quote  

I have been having tight throat since this spring 2005. I cannot connect what it started with but it is like a sob which is stuck and cannot release. I have checked in with myself and I am not sad, worried, etc when it is acute (although it WAS worse right after a sudden death in the family - but it started before the death). It is just like a sob that won't let go. Every morning it is so acute I think I am not going to be able to eat. Then it subsides around 11- noon and I am able to eat. It was so bad yesterday that I thought it might reach an emergency level, but it subsided after taking digestive enzymes, enough to where I could eat. Then it was almost gone all day.

My board certified gasto doc says it is "allergies", although I do have GERDS. I do have severe sinus pain from time to time.

THIS IS NOT JUST "PSYCHOLOGICAL", whatever that means. I am sure of it. Every psychological event, anyway, has a physiological side to it, after all.

I myself have chronic sinus pain, so this morning I have just taken a sinus decongestant/ antihistamine as an experiment to see how that affects it. I am noticing that the pressure in my throat seems to have subsided. I will repeat the experiment again this week and report back.


Idea
Here is my strategy for finding out what works:

I suggest you research: foam bedding, dangers of, on the internet See if it gives you any actions you can take to try it out. I removed the foam pillow from my bedroom and noticed and immediate improvement.

Also:
Mold sources in sleeping area
Synthetic chemicals in sleeping area (old pesticide residues from pesticides no longer in use)
Food allergies
Sinus allergies

Does anybody else have any suggestions about this or observations from their own experience? Surely some of you have hit upon some things besides moving, leaving town, or other drastic measures.

Anybody had relief from any strategies, or a change? Mine went away when I went to Arizona for a week in June, (no air pollution, rural area, also no stress, away from work) but since I don't live there that is not much of a solution.

THANK YOU!!!!!
michaelja
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Post Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:28 pm

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hi, I'm 21 yr old & last tuesday, I randomly had a click in my throat when i swallow, it seemed to come out of nowhere for no reason.. i've never had any form or anixety, problems or whatever. I've had it a week now though and although it seems to happen only when facing straight on and it isn't painful...its jus annoying!!??

I've read quite alot of explanations what this could be, anyone any ideas?
esselle
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Post Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:41 pm

Hi there Michael    Reply with quote  

I have this too, but it was not the first symptom I was presented with. I began to suffer with Globus Hystericus (lump in throat sensation) in about May/June of this year and have had it ever since (it is anxiety related although I was not aware I was suffering from anxiety at the time). I have also now developed the clicking sensation you mention which is a nuisance! I spoke to my GP about it and he said not to worry about it, the throat is a collection of very complex muscles and the clicking sensation I feel is merely one going into spasm.
If you read some of the throat posts in here, you'll also come across a member called Sameer who is also troubled by this clicking thing.

Take care - Sarah x
  

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