Ear pressure,clearing of throat, STRANGE ..PLEASE READ AND/OR RESPOND

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone... I am pretty new to this board.  I mostly stay on Lymenet since  tested positive to the Western Blot test for Lyme.  But I don't know that what I am suffering from now is part of Lyme or something else, so I am desperatley eaching out.
Ok, since around june I have had some crazy symptoms (thought I had had all of them already).
First I started feeling short of breath. I could always breathe but I had to take deep breaths to breathe ya know? It always felt like I had to think about breathing. Sometimes I couldn't get but a few words out before I was having to take deep breaths. Other times I might be ok and then bend over and suddenly there it was again. It never happened because I was exerting myself. It would happen for no reason.
Also, it would feel as though my neck was tight. I know people are going to say anxiety, but I say no. I have had plenty of times and reasons to have anxiety as I have been sick 16 years now. I have dealt with so much, I really thought it couldn't get worse. Boy was I wrong.
One new thing happening now is that my ears will get full of pressure as if I am in the mountains. They also get hot/cold feelings in them..as if liquid is running through them. I have actually had that in the past, so thats not really new I guess.
My throat feels as if I can never clear it sometimes. It is scary. Feels like it is closing or tightening. I now I need to clear it but can't. Sometimes I can after a long time and thats about the time it starts feeling better.
One other thing is that I sometimes get an itch in my chin that is under the skin. You can't scratch it. I use to get this before an allergic reaction I had to cats when I was a chid and would go to my grandparents house. However, right after the annoying itch in my chin, the watery eyes, scrathcy throat and sneezing would start. I have NONE of those things.
This all hapens a lot after eating, however it has also happened without eating. But it is usually worse after eating. WEIRD! Except for the itchy chin, that doesn't seem to be associated with eating.
I have had allergy testing, it is the same as it was 20 years ago. So that makes it look like its not an allergy right?
I don't know what this is....does anyone have any of these symptoms?
I would GREATLY appreciate anyones input on this. Doctors think I am crazy or just want to say it is anxiety. I assure you it is not.
Thanks so much, Kat

breathing coach
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kat,

No you are not crazy.  I think you have chronic hyperventilation, that is you breath too much, even though it feels you cannot get enough air. 

I am currently training as a Buteyko Breathing Coach in the UK. I used to have similar symptoms, the tightness in the throat was bad, could never relax.

I think retraining your breathing could have an enormous positive impact on your life, so start searching for a  local practitioner!

They will also give advice on foods to avoid, as some can make you breath more.


Good luck!

Breathing coach uk

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/18/2009 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Kat,

i don't even know, how to feel and what to say first to you... but...YOU ARE NOT CRAZY and YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Reading your posting is like reading my own story and first thing to say is, that i want to let you know, how incredibly happy it makes me right now, to know, that there is somebody else, who is suffering, not by any means, because i like it, but because i felt so isolated and lonely, that i would just shut up about it or cry by myself. now i am crying, because i found you. i only accidently ended up on this portal, since i wanted to do some research again to get a better idea for myself...i am desperate and at the end of my strength.
i have to tell ya...i only feel like this for now 2 years and it is quiet frightening to hear you've been suffering for so long already.
However...i wasn't able to get any diagnosis for myself... it was called many different things or often although nothing, but most of the times... they called it classic anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.
That certainly was nothing i was prepared for to hear and it still sounds crazy to me.
BUT: i have seen so many, many docs, specialists...i had various cat-scans, barium-swallow test, x-rays, lung-function-tests, blood tests and an endoscopy, 2 sonographies...it all came back without any pathological findings. I even returned to my home country, Germany, checked myself into the clinic i was born in and did everything over again. I also saw internists, neurologists and other providers, only to hear the same thing over, nothing was there to be found..! i started doing intensive Psychotherapy 3 times a week, got put on anti-depressants, started yoga, read the Dalai Lama's book, changed diets, supplemented my body with the real good stuff, including massages and a deeper search for a fulfilling love life with my hub. i even changed careers, just to make a good positive change, lift my spirits... but, every morning, every day , every night, hour, minute i am the same physical wreck that i became 2 years ago. I have always been a no-nonsense person, was engaged in life, had high goals and reached them. i have traveled the world, lived incredible moments, although i have seen hell a few times i got back up again, but... you know, i have not in any way ever been anxious or depressed...i mean...i was a fighter, nothing could bring me down. In May 2007, i woke up one sunny morning and i just could not swallow right anymore... and from that day on... it's pretty much just an endless story of confused symptoms, that vary at times, but are always present. i have every single symptom you described...in your ears, throat, the breathing...the trying to get stuff out, the sensitivity issues with the ears... the slightest elevation change increases the pressure... my ears feel puffy, watery, runny, cold/hot sensations( even if i drink a glass of water)i have so much pressure at days, that it hurts to chew my food. I also experience a feeling of sensationally painful burning or itching. My neck feels tight as hell, thats why i described it would feel like a lump,that there is pressure specifically around my lower throat(thyroid)into my chin, that would itch sometimes too or swell at parts, like my lymph nodes. Further, i have pain behind my ears when i laugh and that is just unbearable(i can't even laugh pain-free ... how absurd) . i had been clearing my throat every other second at first and had definitely too much mucus overall, so i would spit stuff out all the time, but it got to a stage, where there would be very little to nothing left. Now, i just do it without any mucus present, but still the feeling of having it there. the breathing-thing would change by situation, but it generally feels as if it would be hard to breath or as if i would be getting out of breath. When I then concentrate on my breathing it only gets harder. Doing exercise would more or less not influence my breathing behavior... but that would just make me feel like my neck/throat is too tight, like it might pop When I concentrate on deep breathing, my pulse feels like its racing. i have stinging pains on my upper back and at times in my chest. As a secondary response to the tightness in my throat, I cough randomly or have a gagging sensation in my throat. I got one diagnosis in Germany , the doctor said it was called Globus Sensation due to depression anxiety in patients... often linked to ocd... obsessive-compulsive disorder... and that definitely seemed to make some sense to me at the time, but somehow... after all therapy and drugs, nothing changed and i am loosing my belief, that this could be causing me my symptoms...i simply have no beliefs or trust left, mainly due to the fact, that this is how i feel, regardless of what i do, take or change or believe or think or dream or do or not do, it just sucks, if you could excuse me and i can't handle it. Now i am certainly depressed and would go as far as to claim, it changed my whole world and changed me into this person, i do not want to be at all. i have one big, deep wish left for myself... to wake up, as if from a nightmare and just be my good old self...i've wanted to end this ever since it started! Lately i recognize that these various symptoms are also in my nasal area...i haven't seen a doctor for more then 6 months until last week, when i started seeing a new doctor, yet another attempt at homeopathy. I also scheduled an appointment with the same 5 star doctor i started out with 2 years ago for next week. I can't imagine... what to say again or how to react to the situation, since it has been a horrible experience throughout this ongoing ordeal. people can be cruel, if it comes down to something that is not easily explained... they just call you crazy... and that of course changes nothing for you, but it hurts your feelings.
Kat, i hope you read this and forgive my excessive writing, but i wanted to share all the info and my emotions with you, because your posting helped me! feel free to write back or not. hope the best for you.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/18/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I read your posts feeling so much for you both!

I've been where you are. Many years ago I had a Thyroid operation and for a number of years after I would feel as though I had a lump in my throat all the time. I had pressure in my ears as well and often I would wake up from a sound sleep in fright because I could breath. My throat would somehow 'close' up and I'd have to wait until it 'opened' again to take a breath.

I went to doctors etc and was told it was anxiety.

And it was just that. You don't need to have been going through a stressful period. Sometimes the anxiety can be a reaction from a previous stressful time in your life. I believe I was already stressed before I had the thyroid operation and the operation just focused my stress in that particular area - almost like it triggered it off.

I took up meditation and just got on with my life. The 'tight' feeling went away after a year or two.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 4/19/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Since you have Lyme, do know if you have any of the co-infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia/Anaplasma, etc.) too? These symptoms could be related to Lyme/co-infections, and I see some of them discussed on a regular basis on the Lyme forum here at HealingWell. Also, Lyme/co-infections can cause or intensify anxiety, even if you don't consciously know why you are feeling anxiety - it is the bacteria doing it through manipulation of neurotransmitters (they do have the ability to do this - that's how they get inside the brain, for example). I would encourage you to post over in the Lyme forum here at HealingWell.

Take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Ceftazidime (for Pleural Effusion), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/15/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katc

Do you get ear pressure alot and find urself sensative to loud noises? Do you find it hard to hear yourself speak at times because of the ear pressure?

Kind Regards,

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