Hello! My name is Felicia and I just turned 23 years old last month. I'm engaged to a wonderful 26-year-old man, and we couldn't be happier. Last summer, I moved to Utah from Idaho to live with my brother because I had just gotten out of college and had nowhere else to go. However, I only stayed there until this March and moved to Alabama with my fiance. I then stayed in Alabama with friends, but things didn't work out, so we moved up north to Ohio to live with his family instead. It's been en emotional ride, and coming from a tiny town of 500 people to the city of Cleveland, it's... well, it's difficult.
Ever since I was fifteen, my mother had put me on a natural diet with some organics thrown in there because I seemed to get sick off of preservatives, including commercial milk. I managed to stay on my diet in Utah, and I had tons of energy. But after I moved to Alabama, I didn't have a job and therefore couldn't buy my own food, so after about two months, that's when I started experiencing a difficulty of swallowing. Then came the headaches, the nausea, the insomnia, the tingly hands, and more asthma attacks than I was used to (I usually experience only one a year instead of two a week). After moving to Ohio, both my fiance and I got jobs and now that we have our own money... we still can't buy the food that we like because we live with his family. We have to buy food that everyone will eat, which only includes boxed, preservative-and-chemical-filled foods. Fruit and vegetables? Forget about it. They won't touch them, so we can't buy them. Needless to say though, we'll have our own place soon, so maybe the symptoms will go away once we get our own place?
Right now, I have that lump-in-the-throat feeling, and sometimes it feels like someone is choking me. I can eat and drink just fine, but swallowing my own saliva proves to be harder. It gets worse throughout the day, but eating or drinking seems to make it better for a while for some odd reason. With those factors, I've come to the conclusion that it's Cricopharyngeal Spasm... I'm pretty sure I can relate it to anxiety, especially after everything that's happened--homesickness, lack of diet, stressful people. I just wish I had the support, which is why I came here. I love my fiance and all, but he thinks it's all in my head, but again... after everything, I think stress is the cause of all of this.