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Offline Sunlover

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Does it feel like your throat muscles won't work at all? (like you GO to swallow but nothing is responding?)
If so, I get that if I go out to eat, it's been happening since I was about 7 years old.   It's really bad with warm liquids.
If it happens once in a restaurant then it KEEPS happening because I get all upset.  However I find that if I put my chin closer to my chest and swallow it's OK.   Sometimes it is REALLY bad and keep hitting the table (not hard or loud!) until I can swallow and tell the person, "I couldn't swallow!"  They just look at me like I'm nuts... then the rest of the meal I am petrified of it happening again, and the deal with putting my chin down and swallowing then works.
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Offline SE4000

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I can swallow, I just have this fear of choking. I just woke up and took a few small gulps of water. I don't think I have any conditions, this came on extremely suddenly and I think has to do with some psychological reaction to choking a few years ago combined with wearing a retainer that makes me feel like I'll swallow and choke on it if I'm not careful. Yes I'm doing fine in my sleep.

I'm not sick, nothing is wrong, I'm just stupid and full of anxiety. I would rather have gone back to cardiophobia than have this though.

What happens when I swallow is I tense up really badly and sometimes I just misfire because of it. A gastro checked my throat yesterday (just visually, stick your tongue out and say 'ahh' thing) and didn't find anything wrong. It's fully anxiety.
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Offline SE4000

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I realized that I'm not completely alone and this isn't so ridiculous. Lots of people seem to get this fear. I'm doing better today and maybe it'll pass. I can eat and my mood affects it a lot. I'm still going to talk to my GP about a therapist, however.
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I heard some forums don't like continuous posting like this, so let me know if this isn't okay and I'll stop

I realized my throat really is kind of irritated and it's causing some mild gagging with certain foods. I can still eat but it's a little difficult. I was just having some soup and a bit of the thick liquid got caught in my throat and I felt the scratchy irritation, so I guess I'll just take it easy until it goes away. I can eat and drink okay and still have a fear of gagging and choking but it's not as bad as yesterday was.

so I don't know how much of this is anxiety, probably most of it is but not 100%. Oh well.
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Offline patmob

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I think molly made a great point - you're swallowing while you're asleep so its not a physical problem with your throat.
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Offline SE4000

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That's true. I think it's anxiety + a scratchy throat. My throat feels that way and it makes me think I'll gag and vomit, and I have a huge fear of vomiting.

However, I'm getting better by the day. I still feel the need to be treated for HA in general and other things, but at least I'm not doing so badly now.
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Offline Lazer

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Well, I suffer from OCD, 85% hypochondria. I experienced the same thing before I was diagnosed.  It was after three months of one thing happening after another.  From what I know, if it were anything serious, it would start off slowly with food and then eventually you would have difficulty swallowing liquids. The process would take months if not much longer.  What you have explained, wouldn't happen that quickly unless you have something large stuck in your throat, which you obviously DO NOT HAVE.  You couldn't have it, trust me.

Now the unfortunate part is that Hypochondria doesn't respond to Behavioral therapy.  Only medication can help with Hypochondria, if that is indeed what you have.

But like others have said here, it could be strong anxiety over something.  A fear of something, or some other form of anxiety.   Bottom line, if you do not have hypochondria, do what people here are suggesting, like focusing on other things.

I apologize if you have received similar answers here.  I'm a newbie but unfortunately, between being in the health care field and experiencing these things myself, I can relate to you big time.

Try, if you can, to repeat to yourself that it is nothing and see if that helps ok?

Good luck and all the best.
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Offline Ihadcancer

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About an hour ago my puppy was playing too rough with my old dog. I went to correct her verbally and choked on my own spit.  I'm STILL coughing. Of course, I googled and got scared but there's so much moisture in our lungs anyway that I KNOW this isn't going to kill me. 

NOW, I think my saliva is too thick and was spitting it out into a hand towel, too!

I think I've coughed so much that it's just a reflex now. I can breathe  fine through my nose but am afraid to swallow.

I actually choked on a small piece of food a few years ago. The coughing that followed that was horrible AND my body caused a bit of mucous to form and the food was expelled in that.  That's how it's supposed to work. 

The lungs are approximately 90% WATER. That tiny bit we inhaled (if it got past all the traps)  is not harmful. 

I'm so glad you shared your experience.  It helped ME calm down.   :action-smiley-065:
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It does get better and worse. I'm eating, but I have this terrible habit right now where I have to brace myself by grabbing the table before swallowing food, even if it's been chewed to total mush. I eat very slowly and I'm afraid of every swallow.

I feel like my throat is scratchy and that if I swallow something, little pieces might get caught and it'll cause me to gag and vomit, or I'll just choke and die. I'm scared of swallowing anything. I'm absolutely sick of it and I need help. I need to see a doctor ASAP because I cannot live this way.

I don't believe anything is horribly wrong with my throat, but this scratchy feeling won't go away and it's driving me nuts. It's hard to drink water or eat for whatever reason, even though I know it's literally impossible to choke on food I've chewed down to mushy liquid. I don't know why I'm scared of swallowing even my own spit. I'm constantly overthinking it.

I've had this problem for a long time but it's never been this bad, I've never been afraid of swallowing water. I just need some kind of help, I have no idea what to do and I just feel like I'm going to lose 20 lbs, and I can't do that because I'm already too skinny.
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