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Old 01-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy scared to swallow food...whats wrong with me??

Since the summer, I started to develop a fear of swallowing food. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks already and if that isn't frustrating enough, now I have this. It comes and goes but I have had it all summer then it went away. It decided to come back about a month ago and its frustrating. I have to get up and walk around and pace back and forth because it feels like maybe sitting down is what causes it. Its like I forget how to swallow and my mind forces me to rethink whether or not to swallow the food in my mouth so I end up chewing it for a while and releasing it little by little, or panic and spit it out. My family is concerned and since i have no medical insurance, I cant go to the doc so I am dealing with this.
Sometimes, I can get a few bites in and I'm fine, and then suddenly it starts. It takes me more than an hour to eat food and I get so angry that this happens and sometimes I even start to cry. Does anyone know how I may be able to help myself get over this?? I feel like im going crazy... :-(

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Re: scared to swallow food...whats wrong with me??

Hello, I COMPLETELY understand as I'm going through the exact same thing. I have panic attacks/ Panic disorder and this happens to me aswell. I have noticed mine has progressed in stage, first it started I couldn't eat stringy food ect spinach, beef schnitzel, then it was I couldn't eat in public, then it was I couldn't swallow my own saliva indoors when in public, now I'm struggling to get food down. My mind is always so concentrated on swallowing I feel gaggy and like it doesn't go down then I panic. I'm stressed 24/7 about it. This actually did happen this time last year, but then I got over it when I resumed school. But it came back when I had a panic attack around 3 weeks ago. I haven't yet found the solution but this is serious, and shouldn't have to be experienced. I suggest you do see a doctor, and I am currently waiting on a Psychiatrist to discuss anti anxiety pills, this might be the cause of why I feel like this.. <edit> happy to help eachother. best wishes to us xx

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