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    Lump in the throat from anxiety?

    About 3-4 weeks ago I had my first panic attack. It happened at night when I was in bed and it scared me to death. After that I started worrying a lot, I was so stressed out I couldn't even stand it. It got to the point where I was worried about every little thing that I felt. And then about a week after the panic attack I got this lump feeling in my throat. It's not a lump you can feel by touching the throat. It comes and goes depending on how I am feeling, and I do not have trouble swallowing food. But it is difficult sometimes to swallow saliva. Usually when I am really stressed out or worried the symptom gets worse.

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    Lump in the throat from anxiety?

    Yes, anxiety can do that. "Lump in the throat feeling" is a symptom listed under Generalized Anxiety Disorder at: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/throat_symptoms.htm

    As you probably know, many psych meds can cause dry mouth, which may also contribute to the problem. I had a sore throat feeling when I was most anxious 10 years ago, and I don't remember if it was my own anxiety or the meds that contributed most to the sore throat sensation.

    Besides dealing with the anxiety, throat spray and lozenges helped a lot.

    You may find more suggestions at:

    http://groups.google.com/groups?ie=U...throat+anxiety
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Lump in the throat from anxiety?

    One thing my mom used to do to counter the effects of medications for asthma was to keep a small glass of crushed ice / ice chips nearby and suck on a small piece of ice.

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    Lump in the throat from anxiety?

    The use of crushed ice sounds like a great suggestion. I would also use this as an excuse to buy (or make) popsicles. My favorite popsicles are made of fruit juice with no sugar added.
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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