Hi SMD and welcome!
While not having the extreme issue that you share in this thread...I did have the lump in the throat sensation as my very first anxiety symptom.
I went on to develop panic disorder...and felt the same way that you did. I was prescribed both medication and CBT.
I decided to try the therapy first, and see if it was sufficient for treating my attacks...and if it was, great! If not, I would try the Rx.
Well, though difficult to get through without the help of a med...the therapy did
suffice for me. However, everyone is different...so this is just my experience...
...but did want to share since we had/have similar feelings.:)
We also have an amazing Resource
section here on the main page (first post) filled with really effective self-help coping skills that you may find useful. The Stress Relieving Exercises/Progressive Muscle Relaxation found in one of the links may really help you to relax the throat area and get relief. Let me know if you are interested, and I will post the link directly for you.
Keep posting if you find it helpful....support is key!
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 2/3/2015 9:36:22 PM (GMT-7)