Chest Heaviness and swallowing phobias.

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Hello Kitty
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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I'm 25yrs old and have been chest heaviness and swallowing food phobias for 6months, and have yet to recovered.
I am writing in to see anyone can share their same experience as me or giving some opinion on my case.
 
Last year Nov 07, I had a bad experience of noodles stucked in my throat, at that time I was alone in the office so I was panic and anxious.  Ever since this bad experience, it develope chest heaviness, this suffering is making me so unhappy and upset, I have tried to swallow food, but my mind kept thinking of that bad experience.  I think the only time I don't think that much is only when I am very hungry.  mad  
 
After weeks, I went to hospital and had my Xray and ECG done, and all came out to be normal.  At first, thought it was gastric, so I was being refer to see a gastro doc.  When I meet up with the gastro doc, he suggested me to consider to see a psychiatry because he think that my case is Anxiety and not gastric, but I wanted to confirm that I am not suffering from gastric, so I have suggested to get my endoscopy done.  So everything came out to be normal and healthy, nw I begin to believe that all this cause is due to that bad experience I had, because eveytime I eat, I feel phobia to swallow, i scare that food will get stuck again.
 
Finally, I have decided to see a psy doc, my appointment with the doc is schedule in mid May 08.  I'm not sure whether thru psy doc will help?  
 
How to overcome it?, I want to be like before, life is happy with no chest heaviness, no phobia on swallowing food. confused

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
I am glad you are going to see a PDOC
I IMHO think this is anxiety over what happened before with the noodles.....
A phobia can be beat you have to have the right tools to do it and so far you seem to be wanting to get this all straightened out and are taking the right steps ......

I applaud you for having all the tests done and all of others things ruled out now you can move on and talk to this Pdoc and see what you can do to get thru this ........

I am sure there are other threads in back pages about this very thing Hellokitty so have alook see and perhaps you will find something else to help you till the appointment

Try sitting before you eat in a relaxed atmosphere with total quiet or with calming music you like and just take your hand and rub your throat gently on the outside up ( prior to getting ready to eat) and down it might be a mind trick but hey it may help too
You have nothing to lose
Relaxation is prolly a good step towards this .........

Keep us posted and I am sure others will post with input

Take care

Lyn


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percycat
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   Posted 4/22/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kitty,

Welcome!

I can identify with what you are feeling. I developed several phobias about food and eating after an episode where it seemed that my throat was closing up after a meal. Many tests later, I know why it happened (acid reflux), and that it can't hurt me, but the fears are definitely still there. It sounds like that's the situation you're in now as well.

What I try to do when I encounter the foods that frighten me is to tell myself repeatedly that they can't hurt me, that there is nothing physically wrong with me that they can trigger, and that the intense anxiety they cause is terrifying, yet it can't hurt me either. This doesn't always work -- at least not yet -- but it has given me some opportunities to challenge my phobias: that is, to eat the things I fear and then have real evidence that indeed they don't hurt me. Maybe this type of self-reassurance can work for you too.

I have only recently noticed that when my throat tightens, massaging or stroking it as Lyn suggests seems to help a lot. I would encourage you to try that.

It's good news that you're seeing a psychiatrist. I hope you'll get some relief. Good luck, and keep posting!

percycat

stkitt
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   Posted 4/22/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kitty and welcome to  HealingWell .  You have received some very good advice from some of our wonderful members.  I am going to post a link to an old post that might help you.

Read through it and you may see some ideas that will work for you.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=514563

I agree that if all your tests have come back normal you are most likely having anxiety and seeing your Pdoc is a wonderful and positive step for you to make.

Keep posting here and we will help you all we can.  Again a warm welcome to the A & P Family.

Kitt


 
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Hello Kitty
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Thanks, just don't know why this phobia will develope Chest heaviness that make me feel so discomfort.
 
If i do not have chest heaviness then at least I'm more relieve, this feeling really really upset, even I sit or stand, the discomort is there. 

wen4003
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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty,
 
Welcome to Healing Well, you have found a great community with wonderful members who are a wealth of knowledge, who are supportive and caring.  There are many resources which you can access by reading some of the old posts and also checking out the resources by clicking on the Anxiety-Panic link to the right in the yellow box.
 
You have already received some great advice regarding the food phobia.  Although I don't have the food phobia, I have other phobias and anxiety.  When anxious (which is most of the time these days) I have a lot of heaviness in my chest - it feels as though something really heavy is sitting on me.  To help with the anxiety I take valium and it works pretty well for me.  This is not to say that it will work for you, because all meds don't work the same for everyone and there are many more to choose from.  I'm also not a medical professional of any kind, so please don't think I'm giving you any medical advice, I'm just sharing my experience with you.  This is actually the second anti-anxiety med I have had to try because the first one was creating memory loss for me (something of which I don't need any more of, I don't remember enough things as it is - LOL). 
 
So I help this information about the chest heaviness has helped you in some way - in my opinion, it really sounds like it's how the anxiety is manifesting itself with you.  It is different with everyone as to how your body reacts to the anxiety.  I am glad that you have gone through all of the medical advice so you know that there is nothing medically wrong with you.  I'm also happy to hear that you will be seeing a Pdoc (psychiatrist) next month, as this shoudl help you.  As has already been suggested, calming and soothing music will help some people with their anxiety.  It's worth a shot.
 
I have also brought up two threads to the front that may be of use to you, on is on CBT Therapy.  This is a type of therapy that teaches you to think differently - turning the negative thoughts into positive ones (I really shortened what it's all about here).  The other one is Relaxation Techniques that you may want to try - they are very good and I have tried a couple of them myself.
 
Please keep posting so that we can get to know you better and help you through this.
 
Take care,
Wen

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stkitt
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   Posted 4/23/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kitty

Chest pain, chest heaviness  or discomfort, is usually related to an anxiety disorder, panic attacks, or tension. After ruling out a heart attack, most cases usually turn out to be caused by an anxiety disorder, muscle pain, indigestion, and sometimes nerve pain.

When it has been dx to be anxiety related, and you are anxious, the constant tension and tightness associated with the other physical symptoms of anxiety will intensify the chest discomfort.

If you continue to have concerns that it may be heart related I would suggest a second opinion.
 
Meanwhile before your May 8th appointment, try some of the relaxation ideas post on this page under the relaxation topic.

Keep posting as we are here and we know where your coming from and what your going through.
 
Gentle Hugs
Kitt
 
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Hello Kitty
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   Posted 5/19/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
sad  have went to see the psyco and quite disappointed.  I tot there will be couselling, but there is no couselling at all, the psy only ask me to take medicine. this medicine needs to take min 1yr.  the medicine helps to control my mind not to think too much. let's say after 1 yr i still think of that choked espisode which means i need to extend my medicine till i really can overcome it.
 
Now I dun know want to take medicine or dun wan, but there is no other alternatives beside taking medicine.
 
anyone can advise?

stkitt
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   Posted 5/19/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Kitty,

Give us more info on the medicine if you would like to share.  What is the med, I am not sure if your talking something for the anxiety or a Proton Pump Inhibitor such as Priosec?

I am sorry you are frightened and I know anytime we have a not so pleasant experience with a doctor it makes us anxious about returning or seeking out help.   Please remember we are our own best advocates.

Please feel free to emails me if you have a need.  I would be glad to listen.

Hugs

Kitt


 
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Hello Kitty
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   Posted 5/19/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
the psy give me 1 mth to reply him whether to take medicine, but he mentioned since my illness is already 6 months, so suggest to take medicine better.

I just afraid that if one day i din take the medicine, the chest heaviness and mind thinking cum back again. then the psy told me, if illness come back, means i must continue the medicine for a longer period until recover.

the worries is i maybe just afraid that i need to rely on medicine forever.

I'm nt sure what medicine. I know only needs to take once daily. and they change medicine every few mths.


Thanks for your concern. =)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/20/2008 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Hello Kitty

Check the label on the med and you shuld find out wjat it is you were RX

Maybe if you do decide to take it your probs will go away and as you did say you would have a happier life w/o fears and phobias........

YOu might want to find a different therapist or councillor that WILL talk to you and not just give meds........My opinion

LYN
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wen4003
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   Posted 5/20/2008 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kitty,
 
I find that most psychiatrists will only prescribe meds and only deal with the medical aspect of the mental health issues.  For counseling, you usually need to find a therapist/psychologist; most cannot prescribe meds. 
 
Were you prescribed a med for anxiety or for gastric problems?  Do you know the name of the med?  Don't forget, your pharmacist is a wealth of information about the medications and feel free to ask questions about them.  They are there to help you and answer questions for you.  We may be able to answer some questions about meds, but a pharmacist will do a much better job for you than we can.  Please keep posting to let us know how things are going; we are here to help you.
 
Take care,
Wen

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