Difficulty swallowing

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Has anyone else experienced difficulty swallowing with anxiety? Like you literally can't push whatever you are eating down your throat for a few seconds? My throat sort of feels numb and unresponsive

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    Yep I get that too! So horrible, I have hardy eaten anything today I can manage drinks but hard food I really can't swallow. I manage a few bites by having a drink with it. Yogurts, grapes and strawberries are juicy so maybe try little things like that.

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    I'll get the feeling like there's a lump in my throat, which is called Globus Sensation. I can swallow, but sometimes it feels like something is stuck.

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    Yep, it happens periodically. If I wait a little while, I can ususlly finish eating.
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    Thanks for the replies, I'm glad others get this too. I was worried it was a symptom of throat cancer, ms , stroke or brain aneurysm or something being the hypochondriac I am. It's a bit annoying because I was having a really good day as well, like I was practically normal, then this came along ??

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      My mom had throat cancer, and even before we knew what it was, the symptoms were much different than what you have. Anxiety can mimic so many things, which in turn only makes us more anxious. It's the ultimate trickster.

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    Wez, I have experienced the swallowing but I do have a lack of appetite. Food to me seems unpaletable.

    ?My gag reflexes are sensitive too. Can't seem to brush my teeth without gagging or throwing up.

    ?It's the anxiety. Does this happen even with liquids? Are you taking any anxiety medications?

    I know my post probably hasn't helped you but know that with anxiety there are definitely physical systems.

    I have been using breathing techniques that have been helpful.

    ?Keep posting and maybe expressing your concerns will help ease your mind.

    ?I'm sending you positive vibes and I wishing you well. Take care. We are all heer to support you. Take care.

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