anxiety symptom of neck tightness?

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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
k does anyone ever feel like someone is choking you?  ugh!!!  like a band around your neck?  or am i just crazy? ha

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   Posted 8/25/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety definetly can cause some muscle tension like you are describing. I also get nauseous, and have diarrhea. It really affects your whole body sometimes.
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   Posted 8/31/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeh its called Globus hystericus, its completely harmless just very uncomfortable. Its just tension in the throat muscles, the nervous system kind of effects your throat in a big way, anxiety effects everyone differently but the tightness and lump is very very common.
It can also make you nauseated. It can effect the gag reflex too, which in turn can send panic signals to the brain, again completely harmless. The mind is very powerful.
Good luck.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a similar issue, actually it maybe what you are talking about. Does it feel like your having a hard time breathing regularly? That's how I feel. It also feels like somethings caught in my throat like when you have excess phlegm from a cold and you need to gough but it doesn't help I wonder if that is caused by my anxiety also. But you are not the only one who experiences this and I definetly understand how you feel its soo uncomfortable and for me it can cause me to have a PA because I worry that is a symptom of something more serious because I have health anxiety.
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   Posted 9/1/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi nellebutter,

Yeh the excess phlegm feeling is normal in anxiety, I can also feel like you've swallowed a garden pea, you cant cough it up or swallow it. Its just a certain set of muscles that are contracting, I think they are very sensitive to adrenyline. If you're not breathing regularly you might be shallow breathing, put a heavy book on your stomach, lie down and breath from your tummy not your chest.
Don't worry about the globus sensation, if you exessively worry its something more serious and you give yourself a panic attack it was just make the globus worse. You will be ok, this is a self limiting condition and goes when the anxiety passes. :)

All the best x

Post Edited (acidgirl) : 9/1/2009 1:42:56 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Anxiety grips my chest and rib cage and I feel like I cannot take a deep breath.  It makes my whole body hurt/ache.  I recently started Buspar, which has reduced my Xanax use and I am doing really well on it.  The first thing I noticed when it started working, was that I did not over react to situations and my body did not ache any more.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I also get this feeling since around this time last year. It is very stressful at times, and my health anxiety also had me worried at times until I had several tests run by my doc letting me know it was just anxiety :) I sure hope you get to feeling better soon, and there is tons of great advice given to you above that will help.

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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
i had that today...not shao!
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had this before. It really upsets me but it does go away.

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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   

My daughter has this same muscle tension.  She saw her physician yesterday and it was recommended that she see a massage therapist to help get rid of the knots that are in her neck and upper back. 

To bad our insurance doesn't cover a masseuse  redface

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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
yes i have been having this globus hystericus alot lately.  drives me nuts.  i do notice when i am not thinking about it, it does go away.  my allergies have been bad and i feel the drainage alot and wonder if that is causing it or i have also been diagnosed with GERD.  maybe that is contributing.  also i am hypothyroid and have been told to take twice the meds i take but i feel like they cause more anxiety, like racing heart.  ugh!!!  how do i know what it is?????  doctors just guess too.  it's SCARY though.  i just wish i was normal andnever had any of these symptoms!!!!  ugh my mind works in overdrive and i can't stand it.  i also think reading these posts too much sometimes makes our minds STAY in the thought process of anxiety.  you know? 
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