Throat feels like it's closing up

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   Posted 8/24/2017 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Randomly I get so freaked out when I feel all of a sudden my through closing up,it feels like I can't swallow my saliva.i start to panic.i grab water to make sure I can swallow water..i do t tell my husband I feel that waybat times because he just doesn't understand. Anyone else get like this?

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   Posted 8/25/2017 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes I get that feeling a lot and it's usually a sign that my anxiety is running high.

Double up on your coping skills and do all you can to reduce your anxiety and see if that helps.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 8/25/2017 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gabs,

yes it happens often with anxiety and I experience it a lot.
There is nothing to worry about that. If you pay attention to it too much, it will get worse.
Try using your coping and relaxing techniques (breathing, etc) when it happens.

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   Posted 8/25/2017 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I am sorry to hear you are experiencing this disturbing symptom. :/

I too have had this sensation, and second the above advice of shifting your focus away from what you are feeling and to the practice of coping skills.

May you find quick relief!


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   Posted 8/25/2017 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
You say:

"Randomly I get so freaked out when I feel all of a sudden my through closing up,it feels like I can't swallow my saliva.i start to panic.i grab water to make sure I can swallow water..i do t tell my husband I feel that waybat times because he just doesn't understand. Anyone else get like this?"

Some pills have a side effect of tongue or throat swelling up.

My wife was taking an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety pill one time, and her tongue started to swell up, which can close the air passage.

She called a druggist and he said something like do you have a nickel taste, and she said no, but my tongue is swelling, and he told her to quit taking it because that was one of the side effects, which she didn't know about.

If she had kept taking it, she wouldn't have been able to breath.

I would call your druggist, and see what he or she says. I would look on the net search engine, type in the name of your medicine, then look up the side effects of your medicine.

You can also type in "(your medicine) throat or tongue swelling" and see what it says. You can also call your doctor.

How long has that swelling been going on? You might want to get some more data before you take any more of that medicine.

What is the name of your medicine?

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   Posted 8/25/2017 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Gabs, is this just something that happens from anxiety? Or did this start happening after you started taking a particular medication?

The only reason I ask is because I was once on a medication for "supposed migraines." The medication was called Topamax.

After I started taking Topamax, this sensation came about. It felt like either the throat was closing up or there was a lump in my throat. I would also start vomiting out of nowhere.

The neuro doc said this was an allergic reaction. I was pulled off it immediately and the sensation went away.
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   Posted 8/26/2017 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this recently happen to me. I was not on any meds and had not been for several years. I usually work out to release my stress but had an injury. I was stressed, maybe a little depressed, which lead to anxiety. In addition, I have severe allergies with constant postnasal and have a history of acid reflux(actually had surgery), so my throat was already irritated. It started off as almost a choking feeling, then it settled in as a lump sensation. I did not realize at first but I was actually trying to swallow all the time to make sure I still could. Guess I irritated my throat even more. Once my injury healed, I started running and the breathing really knocked it out. Too bad, I dropped a heavy object on my foot so no running for awhile.

Point being if it is anxiety, meds, etc, please try to be as calm as possible. The more worried or anxious you get, the more your body likes to tense up making it worse.

Post Edited (t331) : 8/26/2017 3:25:29 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/26/2017 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
my brother had that symptom due to anxiety. He was able to swallow sips of water until other coping skills would allow him to calm down and have the symptom go away

All my best
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