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Throat closing up & not breathing

Hi everyone I am having a problem with my throat feeling like it is closing up and then I panic because it feels like I am not breathing.  It used to just happen sometimes and now it happens everytime I lay down to go to sleep.  Today I was in walmart and it happend  it really scared me.  My mom and dad told me it is from stress, but right now I dont feel all that stressed.  I was wandering if someone could tell me why this is happening or does it happen to anyone else.  Thanks
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266195 tn?1215314011
Definitely sounds like anxiety, I would go to the doctor just to be sure though.  Then that way you know what is is for sure and could work through it.  :)
401554 tn?1270217356
If your throat was closing up or you couldn't breathe, believe me, you would know it. You are just too anxious and/or stressed. When I feel anxious, I sometimes feel like I can't breathe, but then I realize that I AM breathing and that I AM NOT going to die, so I just ignore the sensation the best I can until it goes away.
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I have the same problem every night, as we speak I just awoke from my sleep 30 mins ago and I still feel this was, but just try to relax and know your ok, trust me I know its hard, I still have trouble relaxing but just know it will pass soon.
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I too experiance the same thing as you. One thing i would suggest is this. The feeling that you are experiencing can be due to stress, but it can also cause stress. So it becomes a cycle that gets worse as you being to stress about it happening again. I would go see your GP and get 1 or 2 muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety pills, and when you feel it starting up again take 1 of them. If it helps with the feeling then you can rest assured that it is due to stress or just a muscle spasm. Sometimes just knowing this is enough to break the cycle and start getting away from it. If it is a muscle spasm it will pass in time as your body deals with it. I know from my experiance that it is a scarry feeling but the more you focus on it, the worse it will get.

Best wishes
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Wow, I get this all the time too. I have always related it to anxiety. My anxitey actually started with my throat and feeling like it was going to close up. What I do when I start to get that I just drink fluids constantly. Knowing that I can swallow, I know that my throat is not closing up. I know it is a very scary feeling, but I think it is all anxiety related. Your mind can play nasty tricks on you. Good Luck.

Kristen
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Feeling as if your throat is closing, or that you cannot breathe is actually a VERY common anxiety/panic attack symptom.  You say you do not really "feel" stressed.  That's the kicker...most panic attacks seem to come out of the blue...when you aren't "feeling" too badly to begin with.

I also think you should visit your doc, and start tacking anxiety issues, after, of course you get the "all clear" that your throat is, indeed, just fine.  That will probably give you some peace of mind as well.

Like another poster said...if your throat was "truly" closing up, and impeding your breathing..,.it wouldn't clear up and then return.  Call your doc...get the "all clear" and then start addressing the anxiety.

Keep posting here as well..most of us have experienced these exact kind of symptoms and know what you're going through.  You are FAR from alone in what you are going through.  We'll support you......hang in there, okay?
494087 tn?1257796807
Thanks to everyone, I feel a little bit better to know it happens to other people.  I had the hardest time going to sleep last night, I kept thinking I was going to die in my sleep.  I am on medication 60mg remeron and 2mg klonopin.  I take them at night.  I just dont think it is what I need.  Today is the worst ever and I have no medication til the 17th. I do think I need something to relax me only to take when this tightness in my chest and throat happens.  I just do not know what to do it is miserable.  I think I am going to try to go see a regular dr. and talk to him instead of my phsycaritrst. Thanks for everyones help it is nice to have people to share this with.  
504535 tn?1210530632
yeah anxiety can be difficult to deal with.  my therapist said on a scale of 1-10 that my anxiety disorder is at an 8.  im improving a little but im still not at full function.  you'll get through this, and i will too.  unfortunately it just takes some time.  
494087 tn?1257796807
I just got back from the dr.  I had the worst anxiety of my life today, I have been worrying all day about my throat, my heart pounding so hard I could hear it, it was terrible.  The dr said my pulse was 127 and had me stay there until it lowered a little, they took blood and all that stuff, now that is something else  to worry me thinking about the results.  Any way she gave me.25mg xanax and said take 1 to 2 every 8 hours as needed for anxiety. I took them about 20 minutes ago and already I feel a little better, maybe that is because my stomach is empty from not being able to eat all day.  I am going to take them as directed and see if they help any.  I am on klonopin 2mg also, but only 1 one at night.  Do you think it is ok to take xanax during the day and klonopin at night?  I feel more relaxed now thanks for everyones help I will keep in touch.
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There is a name for this particular anxiety symptom and for the life of me I cannot remember what it's called.  Someone help me out here!  This was one of my main panic symptoms.  Sometimes I would be talking to someone and all of a sudden I would think I feel my throat closing and that I could not breathe.  They key word here is "think".  Of course my throat wasn't closing.  Sometimes I felt a huge lump in my throat and that scared me...until I actually looked and noticed that it was my uvula touching the back of my tongue.  The more you focus on this symptom the worse it gets.  Try not to focus on it.  I agree with nursegirl.  Get the all clear from your doc and start focusing on your anxiety issues.  Good luck and keep us posted.  For what it's worth that particular symptom vanished for me once I realized that it was common.
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OMG, its so good to know that this happens to other people.  I am getting the lump on my throat and my throat closing feeling more and more everyday.  I,ve noticed that when I go to the movies, the loud sound triggers my anxiety.  Last night it was really bad, I use VicksVapoRub and put some under my nose and it helps some.

Please let me know if other methods have been working for you.
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Peaches, I am only reading now a post you did back in May regarding your throat closing up when you sleep.  I'm guessing the other respondents were correct regarding the anxiety issue, and you are probably OK by now.  I just wanted to mention that when I lay down on my back to sleep, as I drift into sleep, my throat does close up and I partially wake up.  My problem is sleep apnea, and I started wearing a mask (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) each night to sleep.  It keeps my throat open, and I sleep much better.  Sorry, if this is unrelated, but I wanted to mention it.
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heyy everyone i have a question i think i anxitey but i dont know when i fell scared or nervous i fell like i cant breath and it fells like a i have a lump in my thorat and gets me more scared and gets worse can anyone tell me what this is!!
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I hope that people are still reading this thread. I have had the same thing for over 2 years. Every time I start to drift off to sleep, my throat closes - it has to be the most scary sensation ever. I have been to the GP several times and even undergone a sleep study. I have just been referred to the neuroscience department at James Cook University Hospital due to the abnormalities which showed up on my sleep study. Unfortunately my appointment isn't for 2 more months and my symptoms are getting worse. My GP is completely useless regarding this situation. If you are still having problems you need to get a second, third and even a fourth opinion. I am on a quest at the moment to find out how many more people are suffering from these symptoms. I don't believe for a second that there are only a few.  I am also going to create a blog site for people to come and visit with their stories and hopefully what cured them.
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I have the same problem, just dozing off to sleep my throat closes and I sit up in a panic and it opens up in a second or two. ( The longest second of my life) I read that Milk of Magnesia can cause this to happen. I have used MOM fo a couple of years. I quit taking it and the problem seemed to be going away. I forgot a couple of days ago and took some more and my problem has returned, Could this be your problem?
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oh my god it happens to me as well it is  the worst feeling ever but the best solution that is helping me so far is try "TASLY DANSHEN PLUS CAPSULE" & MISS BEE ROYAL JELLY SOFTJEL CAPSULE" those medications has helped me so much they help reduce anxiety symtoms  and and protects the heart and helps the brain funtion well and blood vessels i never thought pills could help but i grantee you all try this and see what happens and leave the rest for the almighty god
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Regarding Walmart, Kmart, home depot, etc.
You may want to check out multiple chemcial sensitivities. I can get choked up and scared sometime just by a smell of outgassing of synthetic fabrics or plastics. Maybe just leave the store as fast as possible to change the scenery.

Recently I also starting getting panic attacks again after years of peace. The ball in the throat, swelling tongue, fear of dying, due to some paifull dental work along with fear of drugs and loss of control.
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Hi.i have depesssion,anxiety,social axiety,eating anxiety,panic attacks and so on,but even when im eating i go into panic,i feel my throat is closing over,that i cant breathe also,dizzy spell,i get such sore throats,its all to do with my anxiety and racing thoughts,yeah and at night when i lay down i sit up in a panic that my throats closing that i cant breathe,and its all good and well for people to say if we couldnt breathe we would know it,cause are anxietys and racing thoughts tell us different,its changing r thoughts,easier said than done for us,x
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My 12 year old is going through this ..at night when we are sleeping.. he starts to make this weird noise..like no oxygen goes in. i get very scared. its been days now. til today. i don't' even want to go to sleep. when this happens he panics then he tries to stay calm but he can't breath for several seconds. maybe like 30-40 seconds.
I want this to stop.. I can't sleep.
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Wow. This just happened to me about half an hour ago. As soon as I started to drift to sleep, my eyes shot open, I gasped for air and it felt like I was having a heart attack. My heart was racing, I couldn't breathe and my throat felt like it was closing over. I've since calmed down, only after coming online to Google the symptoms. I thought I'd had panic attacks before, but obviously not, because that was something for the record book. I am a very anxious person, never been medicated at all, I just kind of roll with the proverbial punches. This episode was very frightening, though. It ***** and I feel for all of you and anyone else that's had to go through that.
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How long does this sensation last? I have anxiety and I have had the felling that my throat is closing and trouble breathing for about 3 hours now?
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oh my gosh this happens to me all the time and it scares me so much ! im glad to see that it's not the only person you is experiences this too. im pretty sure this is from anxiety ,one time i thought i couldn't brethe and i told my mom i had to go to the hospital and when i got there i setteled down a little bit, and they told me i was just having a panic attack ,and it's strange because they just come out of the blue  and you might not even feel that stressed out ,and now i know i do have a anxiety issue but it still scares me when i get that feeling, also to cookie13 that happens to me too ,loud noises and uncomfortable situations trigger the feeling,can someone help me and have any suggestions of what i should do?
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Like another poster said...if your throat was "truly" closing up, and impeding your breathing..,.it wouldn't clear up and then return.  Call your doc...get the "all clear" and then start addressing the anxiety.
This isn't so peaches.   I have had this along with 32 other people & this has told me it isn't something I just have.  4 times in the past 2 years. get a tickle in you throat & a coughing jag comes on & the coughing gets real bad, you can feel your throat closing down to the point you get no air,fear sets in, can't get breath words are distorted Or can't talk & you do think this is it.This is very scary let me say.If you do pass out you will in a few seconds start breathing again for the throat relaxes & breathing begins again but shallow.This is if the fall doesn't kill you when you pass out. I sit down right away & breath in short breaths through nose  & blow out air through pulse lips like blowing out a candle softly. what is this, what brings this on I have tied it a cold coming on & mucus .
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wow, i cant believe this, so many others with my same symptoms. ive had this problem for about a year or more. ive gone to dr's and they never mentioned anxiety or really seemed to care for that matter. for a while it was happening to me every night, but i was unhappy at the time. now that things are better it doesnt happen nearly as much. im def an on edge person, so that fact that it would be anxiety isnt surprising. i saw someone put they use vaporub on their nose area, i too have done this! one thing i recently found that pretty much clears it up completely is 'sore throat spray'. try this!
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I am going through this same situation ,but I can`t even swallow food sometimes and I lost a great amount of weight because of it, I feel sorry for everybody who has to deal with this....It`s a nightmare ,I am trying to get out of a bad situation and see if it`s helps...god I hope so!!
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