Re: LPR and trouble swallowing
Just wanted to let you know I think we suffer the same thing. I actually don't think I have acid reflux or LPR. Although SOME foods cause such flare (pasta, sauses, etc) I tend to eat them constantly, but no such reaction due to acid reflux happens constantly after these foods. This is why I think it's purely anxiety.
For me, it all started after choking on a steak, about 4 years ago, and I was by myself. Since then, I have avoided eating a lot of tough foods, steaks being one, along with things similar to that like chicken, bread, even leaf lettuce. Things I had no trouble eating before, I do now due to my fear. I'm constantly dicing and shredding, eating beef patties and such. Eating out also promotes a phobia within me. The worst is that I think friends and my relatives have caught on, and I can't hide it any longer. They see me avoiding things and they ask questions.
What can I say, what I have been doing is exercises with my tongue, sticking it in, out, around, and so forth. However, if it is anxiety, I guess concentrate on throat/jaw tension release...open/close mouth that sort of thing. Now of course, this is to assume that you do not have acid reflux or any other medical issue. I, too, would welcome any other suggestions as well. Take care.