Does Anyone Else Have Excess Phlegm Need Help Please

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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
confused    I am freaking out right now, I have excess phlegm in my throat where it feels like I cant breath and I wheeze when I breath in or out, right now it seems better but when it happens I get a number 10 panic attack sure I am going to just stop breathing, Can stress or anxiety cause this, it feels like it comes from my nose. I almost had hubby take me to ER this morning, but I took a xanax and tried to cough it up it just takes so long to cough up I can not get it up no matter how hard I cough. It happens all times of the day. Does anyone else have this I really need to know I am not alone in this. Next time it happens I think a trip to ER might be worth it. Please Help and answer
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   


The glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus (1-2 quarts per day). It moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies air, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter, and fights infection. Although mucus is normally swallowed unconsciously, the feeling that you have a "constant phlegm in throat" issue is caused by the same throat mucus that causes post nasal drip.

Excess throat mucus can occasionally cause irritation and even slight bleeding. It can also cause bad breath as it is high in proteins and is an excellent food source for anaerobic bacteria. Once this throat mucus settles on your nasal and throat lining, it can irritate, causing that constant phlegm in throat feeling, and can trick you into thinking that you may be coming down with a cold or some other problem. 

I would not wait until you are having a anxiety attack and go to the ER but I would suggest you see your physician and discuss your problem to rule out a medical reason for the phlegm. 

GERD sometimes causes excess phelgm as well as other problems.

If you wait until you are in panic mode and go to the ER they will treat the panic and you will still have the issue of what is causing the excess phlegm.

Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.





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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Allergies will also cause excess phlegm in your throat. From the sinus draining.

I have allergies and have this problem often during the blooming season and again when things dry up. Instead of coughing try to clear your throat. And blow your nose. You might be surprised it could just be allergies.

And yes you can show signs of allergies without having the running nose, watery eyes and sneezing. I have none of those signs. But I do have really bad allergies. My sinuses drain into my throat and I will wheez or whistle because of it. Takes about 2 hours after I take my Zyrtec for it to go away.

My doc suggested benadryl. Believe it or not this little pink pill also helps calm anxiety. As it makes you relax and sleepy. He wanted me to give it to my daughter 1/2 pill twice a day for her allergies and anxiety. It worked for my daughter but I slept for 8 hours off a half a pill and couldn't function. It was to strong for me.. lol

There is a couple of ways to see if it is a sinus problem. The one my doctor uses on me he can feel the stuffiness from the build up in my sinus cavities but I don't have the "normal" pain or pressure most people do when you push on these 4 facial points.
At eyebrow level. You will feel a space take your thumb and rub that area with slight preasure. Then take your thumbs and rub (side to side) just below your eyes. From the bridge of your nose follow the bone just under the eye. When I do this I can feel my sinus drain and know I should take a pill..
This is just a suggestion to help ease the worry. But not a replacement for a doctor visit what so ever. It can also be a sinus infection as well. Or Gerd as Kitt suggested. So keep that in mind.

Ok with that said. I agree with Kitt 100%. Go see your doc before the anxiety attack. So they actually see you for your problem and not the attack.

Take Care

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   Posted 5/30/2013 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
You took a xanax for mucus? lol

Post Edited By Moderator (Scaredy Cat) : 5/30/2013 9:46:48 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/30/2013 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello jeffery,

Do you have a point in posting here? Unless you have something helpful to add, or are in need of support...I will kindly ask that you refrain from contributing.

We don't need insulting and snarky remarks from you. (which I edited out as per our rules.)

...and for future reference, GERD (often anxiety fueled) can cause or be exacerbated by excess mucus/post nasal yes, taking a Xanax could in fact lower anxiety, which would aid in the chain reaction in symptoms that the OP was expereincing.

Please educate yourself before making insensitive blanket statements which are incorrect.

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   Posted 5/30/2013 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree about not waiting to see the doctor until you're panicking. S.C. is right - they'll treat the panic, not the mucus, whatever it's caused by. Plus, it's always best to see a doctor when you're feeling okay and best able to communicate, if that's possible. Another thing is, you don't want to abuse the emergency room - if they get accustomed to seeing you, I don't think they take you as seriously in future. This is probably something best handled by a regular appointment with your doctor.

I understand the anxiety about the mucus. I think most of us here have gotten pretty worked up about one symptom or the other at some time. I certainly have - it goes with the territory.
My husband has a lot of issues with excess mucus. He has been diagnosed with GERD - I didn't know the two were related. (Thanks, S.C.!) He can get pretty scared about it, especially if there's any blood in the mucus. Six years of worrying about it every so often and he's still okay. I trust that you will be, too!

Best of luck with finding and treating the cause with your doctor. Sending you wishes for peace! :)
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   Posted 5/30/2013 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Anna I think that something in my throat/windpipe feeling has caused me more anxiety than any other single
symptom, I suffered for years then a Lady posted here about benadryl helping with sleep, well it did both
for me, I will quit fighting to clear my throat and sleep like a baby. I use a generic over the counter brand
if was any better I wouldn't know how to accept it. Peace!
I have also noticed that if I forget my prilosec it will complicate my throat and eustation tubes.

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   Posted 6/3/2013 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this feeling every now and then. What I do to "break up" the mucus is to drink a really fizzy pop. It seems to me that it breaks it down and I don't have that feeling anymore. I don't know if it really is working or a placebo affect but either way it works for me :)
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   Posted 6/4/2013 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Cut out the dairy products to see if that helps.

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   Posted 7/17/2014 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a terrible time with phlegm. Now I have the constant lump in my throat and stopped up ears. It is bad, but much better than coughing up phlegm every few minutes, from clear to yellow, thick.

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   Posted 7/17/2014 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have what I think you have, I had this once. Like a pit stuck in your throat you can't expel? I went to an acupuncturist for this and he said in Chinese Medicine it is called Plum Pit Qi.

"Plum Pit Qi (Mei He Qi)
Refers to a subjective feeling of something stuck in the throat which can neither be swallowed down nor spit up. In the Chinese literature the something stuck in the throat is described as feeling similar to a piece of meat. "

I took a formula called Ban Xia Huo Po Tang and got some acupuncture and it went away. If this fits your description, you can look into it. I suggest going to an acupuncturist that can get you this formula. It is due to stress, anxiety or get this, something that you can't figuratively swallow.

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   Posted 7/18/2014 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Demetri,

Thanks so very much. I am going to proceed with you advice. I will let you know the outcome. Thanks again. I would love to get rid of this feeling... like I might choke or my throat might close at anytime. Thanks again.


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   Posted 7/19/2014 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Does what I describe sound like what you have? Does this relate to you, "something in your life you can't figuratively swallow"?

The herb formula was Ban Xia Huo Po Tang. Research it and maybe you can find it online. Look for a quality herb company that is GMP certified, or simply go to an acupuncturist that does herbs and he/she can get it for you.

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   Posted 7/19/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   

It sounds like what I have. Infrequently now, I have phlegm to come up, but not the amount I was having every few seconds. This lump in my throat is driving me insane.
At one time, I had a massage around the back and neck area. A lot of phlegm came up. I have had more expensive massages since, but no luck.

My ears also hurt.

Thanks again. Bebebe
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