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jasmend626 posted:

Well I've been having some episodes where I feel like my throat tightens up. The sensation usually goes away after 3 seconds. Today at work I had the same feeling after eating and this time it lasted about 10 seconds. I felt like my throat was tightening up and I could't breathe. I pressed my hand on my throat so the feeling would go away and it was taking longer than usual to go away. I felt like there was a fast beat inside my throat.. Please Help
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
The one thing to remember is that anytime something like this happens (your throat tightening), it sets up an expectation/concern that it will happen again. The problem is that then anytime you have a similar situation, the anxiety can make it build and become more of a problem.

The first thing I'd suggest is to be sure that you let your doc know about this and see if you need any medical evaluations. It might be that you were anxious/stressed (it dries the mouth and throat) and you want to learn to help yourself relax.

I'm not an MD, but the beat you felt may have been a normal pulse area in your neck/throat. Tell you doc about this, too.

If your doc clears you, you might take your pulse anytime in the future that you feel you might get this tightening. You can slow everything down with a bit of relaxation breathing and we have a video tutorial in our Tips column. You might also be sure you have water so that you can take a sip to lubricate your throat before you eat anything.

Hope everything is fine and you don't have any other problems with this.

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