Can anyone identify with strange swallowing due to stress and anxiety. I am accutely aware that when I swollow food, I feel the food going down all the way to the stomach. I often feel that some food gets stuck in the throat or chest, or the food is slow going down. Liquids are okay. Somedays are better than others. I am not sure if this is a sensation or if it is due to the fact that I concentrate on the swallowing, because I am aware and fear the worst, ie throat cancer, if not then cancer of the eosphagus. or some strange disease of the brain that creates havack with the swallowing mechanism.
I had something not dissimilar many years ago and had to have a berium test and MRI of the head which did not provide any answers.
I get other other symptoms like lump in throat and shortness of breath, palpitations, stroke like symptoms, even blured vision at one time. I have had daily headaches for 6 years. It is like my whole life revoves around body awareness and symptoms. I spend so much time looking at symptoms on the internet or in medical books. Reassurance provides just a small gap of relief before the next symptom sends me running for the medical books in the library.
If i am really honest, I was convinced I had brain cancer , stomach cancer, rabies, heart disease, all within the last year.
Can stress cause long term problems with swallowing ? . How can people cope with this daily trauma and how do people get off the tread-mill and start living
Any advice would be appreciated.