Hey all, I've been basically just searching for things on this site to see if I could find anyone that has the same symptoms, but I haven't really found anyone that's described exactly what I'm feeling.
Let me start off by saying that I have a seriously BAD neck cracking problem. I try to crack it at least 100 times a day. I read online (stupid) that you can give yourself a stroke eventually, if you crack your neck because of that big artery that's in your neck. One day recently, I was struggling to crack my neck and couldn't really find the right place to jerk my neck (horrible I know), and I kept twisting my head in my hand, and then it felt sharp and sore on one side all of a sudden. Ever since then when I turn my head to the side, it feels like a choking sensation. One side of my neck feels a tad bigger and I'm wondering if I pulled a neck muscle, which would lead to my choking sensation. I really hope I simply messed with the neck muscle, and it's not something else.
My ears constantly feel full, and my jaw feels out of whack and sometimes throbs at the bottom. I feel like I have a lump in my throat. It appears as though my uvula (dangly thing in back of throat) is bigger than usual and I'm hoping that's due to allergies to something in the air or dryness, but I'm not totally sure and it's felt this way for a while now. I don't think I have an infection because I don't really feel sick, but I do think I'm developing allergy/sinus problems because I constantly have stuff dripping down my throat. My throat itself isn't scratchy, just itchy sometimes and that lump sensation and odd feeling when I swallow big pieces of food. My eyes are always itchy and red a lot of times, with mucous is in the corners. People keep telling me that it's allergies, but if I had allergies, wouldn't my nose be stuffy and draining, too? I mainly just have ear, throat, and eye issues. I've been taking benadryl for weeks but I'm not sure if it's doing anything for the fluid in my ears or my throat. The last time I went to the doctor (a month ago) he said there was fluid in my ears but nothing looked inflamed. At the time he also said my throat didn't look inflamed. I had blood work a month and a half ago, and it came back fine.
Has anyone else had similar things happen to them, or does anyone crack their neck and have messed up their throat/neck because of it? I just want to know that it's not just me :-(
Oh and sorry to keep prattling on, but I wanted to ask about this too: is it normal to feel like you have to force yourself to take deep breaths? I'm wondering if it's due to my medication or if I'm having onset asthma, but it seems like for the past couple weeks my chest has felt tight and I feel like I'm not getting enough air. My friend that also suffers from anxiety and panic told me that he feels this way, and not necessarily when he's feeling anxious, either. He said you can just feel like you can't breathe for periods of time due to the anxiety and stress you put on yourself in your mind. I just find that odd because I would think only an anxiety attack would cause me to feel short of breath.