I've had this one especially bad lately. I've had 3 pills and a fiber from a grape leaf get stuck in the exact same spot over the last few months, and that made me afraid to take pills. And once I was afraid, I started feeling like stuff was stuck all the time. I can't tell for sure how much of it is real and how much is anxiety. And worse, how much is anxiety constricting my throat muscles so that things actually do stick. Isn't that the most fun
part of anxiety....how it can be real and fake all at the same time?
I went to an ENT and he stuck the scope down through my nose & didn't see anything, and said the next step is a barium swallow, which is kind of a lot of radiation exposure. I asked if we could just wait a bit first and see if it went away on its own, in case it was just anxiety or if maybe the first ibuprofen had made a lesion and the later stuff was getting caught and reopening it before it could heal, and he said to just call him back if it still felt this way in 4 weeks.
But before, while I was fretting about it before the ENT appointment, the sensation ramped up like mad. My throat would tighten across the front to the point where I felt like I could barely move it, and the tightness would change positions...higher, lower, even down to the top of my chest. I *know* all of that was anxiety, and I waited it out, but it was miserable. =(
Since the ENT appointment, I have been doing much better, though not all the way. The throat lump seems to be the thing most likely to come back out of the blue when I don't have any conscious anxiety thoughts. Frustrating.