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Old 01-03-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Please help! Scared, anyone feel like a lump in throat and food gets stuck?

I am under really bad anxiety right now, and everything is scaring me with my health. I take Lexapro and Xanax but lately doesn't seem to be helping. I've been on them for 3 years. I am calling my Dr. in the morning for a check up, but it seems that I'm always finding something "severe" with my health. Lately I have had that lump in the throat feeling. I've gotten it from time to time but it seems that it's really bad right now and also seems that my food keeps getting stuck. I don't know if I get scared when I swallow and cause it to get stuck or if I actually have a problem. So of course I google it and have come to the "conclusion" that I have a hernia. And I also "diagnosed" myself with a strangulated hernia or one that at least has to have surgery and I"m panicking because one of my phobias is having surgery. Can someone please help me? I am hoping other people with anxiety has had this problem too and can relate and talk me down. Thank you everyone. Michelle

 
Old 01-04-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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Re: Please help! Scared, anyone feel like a lump in throat and food gets stuck?

You are not alone and you are fine. I'd bet that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you and it's just your anxiety flaring eventhough you are taking meds. I had that same thing happen to me for the first time about a month ago. We were in the car driving home from North Carolina and I was eating in the car and all of a sudden felt like I couldn't swallow. It was so scary I was having a fit, but at the same time trying to stay calm so I wouldn't scare my son. My husband helped to calm me down, but I have since had that happen a few times to me. I'm always afraid I'm going to choke or that my food is going to get stuck and I won't be able to get it out. Usually I'm so busy worrying about it that I eat my food so fast that then it really does feel like I'm going to choke. It's such a pain. I try to not focus on it though. My aunt has had the same problem as you for YEARS and she's still here to talk about it so try not to get yourself too worked up over it. She clears her throat and is always stretching her neck and won't eat at home if she's there by herself or else she worries. You are ok. Calm down and relax and try to remember that when you worry it makes everything tense... including your throat. Take care.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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Re: Please help! Scared, anyone feel like a lump in throat and food gets stuck?

I had the same problem years ago due to anxiety,I thought I was having n allergic reaction to something. My throat felt constricted like It was swollen shut. I went to my Dr. and he prescribed Tranxene,a benzo. It helped automatically and I didn't have to take the whole pill I would break it up into 4 pieces. It also didn't leave me feeling drowsy like most benzos do. Later on I learned that when it happened It would get worse just thinking about it or when I swallowed to see if it was still there so I just think of something else and try to ignore it,not swallow for a couple minutes and it goes away.

 
Old 02-01-2010, 02:00 AM   #4
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Re: Please help! Scared, anyone feel like a lump in throat and food gets stuck?

i have also that kind of symptoms a lump in the throut but it is not a big problem, just relax and it will not kill you,

 
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