I have recently started a period of anxiety disorder which has resulted in bloating of the stomach, upper abdominal distension, aching/tightness in the thorax/throat, difficulty swallowing, a persistent cough (which has been chronic in the past three years), mucous and a 'tickle' irritating my larynx and a gentle spasm with 'butterflies' in my chest.
My heart rate is at times up to 90 beats per minute and my blood pressure is at times elevated - I am aware of my state of anxiety and I have not been sleeping well and have mild panic attacks. I recently lost alot of weight too quickly as a result of dieting and my wife has just given birth, so perhaps these are part-reasons for my anxiety.
What I would like to know is why I seem to have this persistent cough, the 'tickly' mucous and a feeling I am about to have breathing/ panic attacks (which seem to start at the larynx). I had such 'asthma-like' breathing attacks a couple of years ago and do not want to have them again. They are very frightening and I believe originate as a result of the mucous around the entrance to the bronchioles and my heightened anxiety state.
I am 6' tall and now weigh 15 stones.
I have been taking Omeprazole, which seems to have reduced the bloating but I still get a horribly 'furred' tongue and the tickly, sticky mucous cough...these are persistent and causing great distress.
I can tell you that I had investigative work performed down my oesophagus and into my stomach a few years ago with indications of redness, but nothing else worth noting.
Please can you suggest why ? I believe resolving this problem might help to relieve my anxiety and improve my general health condition.