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Trouble Swallowing/Sudden Onset/In My Head

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  • Posted By: jamesrwrightiii
  • June 21, 2007
  • 05:46 PM

Here is my situation. I am a 29 year old male. Perfect health. I was working out 5 days a week. At the end of April, I suddenly felt as if food was getting stuck.I would try to eat and get coughing spells...I went to the ER a few times, an ENT, a GI..and had all of the tests..CT Scan, Two barium swallows, neck x ray..two scopes..the ENT did one of me swallowing. The GI doctor did an endoscopy..nothing came up..the ENT doctor thought I may have had a slight case of reflux..he was not sure..The biopsy from the endoscopy confirmed that..I had some eosinphillic cells in there (less than 5 per sample), but there weren't that many. They don't think it would have caused my esophagus to become that rigid..usually they need to have over 20..I have stayed on prilosec and singuair in case it's allergies or reflux..

My throat has gotten better and there is no lump, but now I suffer from extreme anxiety. I feel like I am going to choke every time.. I have had crying spells. I am deathly afraid to eat solids..i am deathly afraid to eat by myself:( I have developed pill anxiety..this is weird too since I was a GNC Gold Card Member and would pop 20-25 vitamins per day...I even thought oatmeal go stuck this morning..I learned the heimlich manuever and have a plan. I even bought a vacuum cleaner to put in my room in case the heimlich fails..I know Iam crazy but I read that may be the next solution to solve choking..just put the hose in your mouth and suck the food out with a powerful vacuum..

Needless to say, this has been devestating. I never had ANYTHING like this before. I used to eat really fast and drive down the road with a hoagie in one hand and the wheel on the other. I never thought twice about choking until all of this started. I don't know how to pull out of it. I am guessing I may need to go into the hopsital? This couldn't come at a worse time. I am scheduled to go back to school in August for my MBA..I am ready to cry. I scheduled an appointment with a therapist, but I need results ASAP. I am considering not going back to school because of this. I can't be in this type of mental state and be going to school, especially since I will have to finance my education..:(

Anyone have a similar experience? I can't believe this happened to me

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  • becareful that vaccuum doesnt suck your tounge out of your head, but seriously, it should get better over time man just try to relax more when you're doing it. ;)
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  • I feel ya!! I suffer from the same thing. I'm 39 and travel all over the country for work. For those trips close, I drive and like you had a sandwich in one hand and wheel in another...not anymore. The panic is so great, I pace around trying to tell myself all is okay but I can't shake the feeling that just swallowing is choking me!I'm a gold card memeber as well, pop 10 pills a day of Green Tea Extract, Fish Oil, L-Carnitine do the protein shakes and Creatine while working out 5 days a week. Not overweight, physically fit and but for some reason can't shake this feeling. I actually did get choked at a resturant on a piece of chocolate mint, so that may have stayed with me but that was three years ago and just recently this feeling has been so strong. Almost like my throat is constricting and anything that goes down is too large to swallow, even water! I have a feeling it might be sinus related, my right ear sometimes feel as though I have water in it, but my balance isn't off. I'm seeing my doctor this afternoon, following the anxiety of last night. If nothing comes from that, then I'm going to get myself hypnotized I guess to get over this.
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  • Have your thyroid checked.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had this probelm when I was a child. I wouldn't eat anything solid because I was afraid of choking. It happen because I choked on a piece of meat and my face got blue and I was afraid I was going to die. For months after that I wouldn't eat anything but liquids. My mom got me an ensure drink that was really for older people. She put it in the milk carton and I thought it was chocolate milk...Finally my cousin got me to eat. Not even the doctor could get me to eat. It took time for me not to be scared. Try drink ensure and vitiumn drinks and then chicken noodle soup and then work up to yogurt and other things like that... Sooner or later you will eat again with out being afraid...( :
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  • Here is my situation. I am a 29 year old male. Perfect health. I was working out 5 days a week. At the end of April, I suddenly felt as if food was getting stuck.I would try to eat and get coughing spells...I went to the ER a few times, an ENT, a GI..and had all of the tests..CT Scan, Two barium swallows, neck x ray..two scopes..the ENT did one of me swallowing. The GI doctor did an endoscopy..nothing came up..the ENT doctor thought I may have had a slight case of reflux..he was not sure..The biopsy from the endoscopy confirmed that..I had some eosinphillic cells in there (less than 5 per sample), but there weren't that many. They don't think it would have caused my esophagus to become that rigid..usually they need to have over 20..I have stayed on prilosec and singuair in case it's allergies or reflux.. My throat has gotten better and there is no lump, but now I suffer from extreme anxiety. I feel like I am going to choke every time.. I have had crying spells. I am deathly afraid to eat solids..i am deathly afraid to eat by myself:( I have developed pill anxiety..this is weird too since I was a GNC Gold Card Member and would pop 20-25 vitamins per day...I even thought oatmeal go stuck this morning..I learned the heimlich manuever and have a plan. I even bought a vacuum cleaner to put in my room in case the heimlich fails..I know Iam crazy but I read that may be the next solution to solve choking..just put the hose in your mouth and suck the food out with a powerful vacuum.. Needless to say, this has been devestating. I never had ANYTHING like this before. I used to eat really fast and drive down the road with a hoagie in one hand and the wheel on the other. I never thought twice about choking until all of this started. I don't know how to pull out of it. I am guessing I may need to go into the hopsital? This couldn't come at a worse time. I am scheduled to go back to school in August for my MBA..I am ready to cry. I scheduled an appointment with a therapist, but I need results ASAP. I am considering not going back to school because of this. I can't be in this type of mental state and be going to school, especially since I will have to finance my education..:( Anyone have a similar experience? I can't believe this happened to me I'm have an 8 year old going through the same issue. He choked on a fruit roll up on New Year's Eve and has not been eating right since. Last week he saw his sister choke on a skittle and things took a turn for the worst. He now will only drink liquids and does not want any solid foods for fear of choking himself again. I have been giving him ensure each day and have sent up an appoint to see a pediatric behavioral conselour this week. I'm at a lost on this situation and felt the need for professional help. I wish I could offer some solutions to you but at this time I can not. I would suggest professional help as I am doing for my son.
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  • Oh, Honey, you're quite sane. I have the same problem unless I take a benzo before I eat. I've tried various antidepressants and only Celexa worked, but my body got used to it and it stoped working. I could have never imagined having a choking problem. It all started down in SC and I'll forever remember the first time. Hubby was in the navy and was home for a few days begore going to sea again. After that, I would be left to handle a move from SC to CT by myself, something I had never done. Anyway, one day I went to Burger King and got food without drinks. I wasn't even feeling anxious and this had never happened. I dug into the fries, stubbed them in my mouth, and boom - it plagued me all of the sudden. I cannot be without a drink now and sometimes even choke on liquids. I can't really tell you any tricks but I wanted you to know you're not alone. Yesterday, I was feeling fine, working (I work at home) and checked my E-mail on my lunch. I guess it was my turn to get the hate E-mail from my mother and she said some really nasty things, some of them true, some of them greatly exaggerated and some of them completely false. It funny, because we have some really good times together and I tend to forget she fell off the hate tree and hit every branch on the way down, I lower my defenses and become buddies with her again. Then she hurts me. She does it to my sister and dad too. Yesterday was the final straw. She said some vicious lies about me and it hurt me too that she also pointed out some very real character defects. I now am trying to deal with the difficult decision of whether or not to cut off contact forever and I'm leaning toward doing so. But in the back of my mind, I wonder if God will forgive me. Would would He think of my actions in doing that? I just want to be a good person. My dad always likes to say "well, you know how she is. I have enough panic, anxiety and depression in my life to last me a lifetime and I don't need her adding to it. I've had her destroy me too often and it makes me too emotionally fragile. Today, (I do medical transcription), I went to double check my line count from yesterday. We are required to do a certain minimum. I had over 900 lines near the end of the day yesterday and wanted to get my final total, as I did a couple more reports after I checked it. I had done about 35 reports yesterdayand today, over 600 lines and 27 reports are missing, where they had shown up yesterday. Support told me the burden of proof that I did them was on me. I have no way to prove I did them. It's happened before and I'm beginning to think the company rips people off. I have been in constant panic for 2 days now. I can't stop working my jaw and it's driving me crazy. You are under a great deal of stress right now, judging by your post. You were/are under a great deal of stress when it started so I'm not surprised but it really does suck. I know people hate me for this but I'm chronically underweight. My thyroid is normal. I'm 5'4" and usually around 115 and often look sick because of my low weight. It happens because I forget to get my Klonopin refilled and don't eat for 3 or 4 days or more in a row because I can't get the food down. I get into the panic cycle and then I'm afraid to go pick the medication up because of my fear of driving. One thing that helps sometimes is if I take a sip of liquid every time I get ready to swallow, though it's not foolproof. I can't tell you how many times my husband has looked at me when we're eating and asked what was wrong when I had a terrified look on my face because I was sure I had taken my last breath. It's like you forget how to swallow. My best friend also suffers from this and we help ease the anxiety by joking about which foods are worst (dinner rolls and steak). I knew it was panic-related because I already knew of my panic disorder. Mine has gotten out really of control lately because I'm getting bad about leaving the house. Long story short - certain medications lower my seizure threshold, though I don't have an actual seizure disorder, and cause grand mal seizures. I had one 8 years ago and none since until I was put on a med a couple of months agothat lowered the threshold but I didn't know it. I can't drive without having extreme panic that it's going to happen while I'm driving and that I might kill someone else or myself, even though my doctor says it was due to extenuating circumstances. I hate my panic. It's led to depression, not eating, agoraphobia, etc. Maybe I can "hate it away". LOL. Again, I just wanted to let you know that you are quite a normal person who happens to have panic attacks. I can't say I'm normal. Nobody normal keeps taking abuse from the Minnesota Vikings for 35 years and keeps coming back but I do. ;) Hope you're feeling better. :D
    Vikefantam 30 Replies
    • August 27, 2009
    • 07:31 PM
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  • so is this all in our head the fear of choking....I thought i was going crazy...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 00:07 AM
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  • so is this all in our head the fear of choking....I thought i was crazy...I never knew they were others me. If I don't think about swallowing while I'm eating I'm fine. But as soon as I remember I find it hard too swallow. And since I was a little kid I always had to have something to drink while I'm eating. It's good to know I'm not alone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 00:14 AM
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  • so is this all in our head the fear of choking....I thought i was crazy...I never knew they were others me. If I don't think about swallowing while I'm eating I'm fine. But as soon as I remember I find it hard too swallow. And since I was a little kid I always had to have something to drink while I'm eating. It's good to know I'm not alone.I am a psychology student almost done with my bachelors degree. This difficulty swallowing is common in the psychology field. It is related to severe anxiety. Sounds strange I know but it is very common. You all are not alone. Some anxiety meds should help. As for the people who choked on something previously and are now afraid to choke again it is just like little Albert in Banduras social learning experiments. He was not afraid of rabbits at first until the rabbit was presented to him with a loud bang which scared him. After a while he became scared of the rabbit because he associated the rabbit with the scary noise. None of you were scared to choke before the traumatic experience and due to that experience it has caused a phobia. It is also very common. The only way to get over a phobia is to desensitize yourself by exposure to your fear. The best way to do this is slowly so start small with something tiny. When you feel comfortable work your way up to bigger and more solid pieces. Soon you will see that the phobia and anxiety will fade. This of course takes alot of time depending on how long the phobia has been going on. You cant change something over night that you have been scared of your entire lives. Good luck to each and every one of you. If you have time go to youtube and look up the videos of little Albert done by Albert Bandura. You indeed are not alone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
    • 11:30 PM
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