I feel a lump in my throat and breathing is hard

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From about 15 days ago i started feeling a lump in my throat, when i first started feeling it, it didn't really bother me, but now for the past 10 days i regularly feel like vomiting and it's hard to breathe. When i'm at school or out with my friends or family i feel alright, but at about 7-8 Pm i feel it and it makes me feel dizzy and uncomfortable. I used to like to sit alone at home in my room playing video games, but now i like sticking with my family, as i feel to scared to stay alone, i also feel to scared when i go to sleep. Sometimes i open my Ps4 and play on it and i kind of forget about my throat but as soon as i close it returns again, this is currently destroying my life so can anyone please help me? (I'm 15 years old).

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    Hi Hazem,

    You need to visit your GP as you may need an endoscopy to see what if anything is going on in your throat. Don't be afraid as it doesn't hurt.  You are feeling scared in your current situation so the sooner you visit your GP the better.

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    Thanx Gwen: I have went to a doctor and he told me there's nothing wrong and he told me to try and forget about it, but it's really bothering and scary, i'm always so worried, and listening to others kind of relaxes me but then it returns again and worse and i'll try to visit the doctor again because it's so uncomfortable.
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      The lump in the throat is very very common with anxiety, and very disturbing. I know its hard to ignore, but it does pass.  Rather than jumping to a camera down the throat (which the doc will never recommend unless they suspect an actual obstruction - easy to check for in a doctors office), the doc should offer some help to control your anxiety, which is the real cuplrit
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    anxiety make us think things that are not real , could be anything you think of , keep thinking it and it feels real . try to foget it and focus on something cool
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    Dear Young Man

    I feel for you. You need hugs and reassurance. It is highly unlikely there is any obstruction or physical manifestation in your throat, as I would suspect you would be complaining of a wider variety of symptoms.

    Much of the effect this is having on you is clearly a result of spiralling anxiety which you can break temporarily, only for it to return. It returns partly because you are in expectation of it.

    Here is a bit of Latin for you to research. Find out what 'Globus-Hystericus' is, and I think you will be surprised to find you are far from alone, and nothing dreadful is happenining to you.

    On the other hand, I would never minimise how scared this makes you feel. That is nothing to be ashamed of. If sticking close by someone is effective, then for the time being, do whatever works for you, which will be different to anyone else.

    When you explain to your Doctor that the symptoms are still distressing you, then I believe they will re-assure you further, but most importantly, either they or someone else needs to discover what lies behind the fear and anxiety that is producing this horrible sensation in your throat.

    Rest-assured, we shall all be thinking of you and wishing you well.

    Best wishes to you Buddy.

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      Kind of feel better, i don't feel like throwing up anymore, and my breathing is much better, but i still feel a lump in my throat and sometimes i feel dizzy.
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      Hi Hazem

      Well, even if you are only feeling "kind of better", that is something that you can use to re-assure yourself.

      Let's think back to when you felt the 'lump' in your throat the other night and you felt it was affecting your ability to breathe. Would you agree that if someone had something stuck in their throat, it would stay there until dislodged, or they may even choke?

      Now let's imagine that rather than an o/object, it is actually a swelling in the windpipe which would feel the same as having an item stuck there. That would be a genuine physical condition which would either get better on its own, or would require medical intervention.

      Do you accept the logic of both these scenarios?

      If so, let's think objectively about this. If it were an actual 'object' stuck in your throat, how is it possible for the feeling to go away? Only by the means I mentioned. Dislodging it or medical intervention. If it dislodged itself, then the feeling in your throat would get better, or disappear entirely. When you play on your PS4, you forget about your throat and the feeling, but it returns later.

      Based on that, does it sound reasonable that a physical foreign item stuck in your throat could be forgotten about? If it has dislodged itself, does it seem reasonable that it would climb back up your windpipe?

      Now consider the second scenario. If you had a physical condition that resulted in a swelling in the lining of your windpipe, then how is it that sometimes the feeling comes and goes? The only physical explanation for that is that the swelling is changing in size, getting bigger and then smaller and so on. Again, does it seem reasonable that without any medication or intervention, this apparently serious problem would worsen and improve on a daily basis?

      You must have heard many ex-servicemen and women that have lost a limb and have had to undergo emergency amputation without knowing about it because they were unconscious. Yet, famously, one of the first things they say to the doctor when they regain consciousness is that "their leg hurts".

      Do you see where we are going hazem? How can a leg that isn't there hurt? Answer! Because the brain needs time to adapt to the lack of electrical or nervous stimulation from the leg. So it compensates by creating the 'feeling' that the leg is still there.

      If a soldier without a leg can feel it hurting, does that mean he is in pain? Are the Doctors playing a joke on him and his leg is still there after all?

      If you agree with the premise, then surely you will see how you get the idea (triggered by anxiety) that you have a lump in your throat. The idea becomes so engrained in your thinking that next thing you know, you can 'feel' the lump. But it's not there, only the feeling is.

      The nausea and dizziness are caused because of the fear you experience when you think you are going to choke or be unable to breathe. They are connected symptoms, but only in the sense that one is causing the other. People who had something really stuck in their throat would not necessarily feel sick or dizzy. But they may panic.

      So, even though you are only feeling slightly better, can you see how that argues against this feeling being caused by a physical object, or swelling in the throat, especially when you had the all-clear from the Doctor?

       I hope this helps you a little and I am not minimising how you feel. I had it as a young man hazem and remember how unpleasant it was. I just want you to overcome this and you will be in my thoughts and prayers until it disappears, which eventually it will.

      Best wishes to you Young Sir.

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    Rainboy u are perfectly right, I still feel like choking although my breathing and swallowing have improved, I've spoke to my father (a doctor) and he made me talk to a anxiety doctor, he told me it takes a bit of time till I forget about it and that it will continue bothering me but day after day it will get a bit better until I can't feel it anymore. Thank u for ur help I really do appreciate it and sorry that u had to deal with this while young, can u pls talk to me more about it.
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      Hello again.

      Thank you for your kind remarks. I hope reasoning with you helped you think of your problem from a different perspective, which is difficult to do when you believe in something very strongly.

      My intention was never to lecture you, simply to be another voice that you could reason against. But your latest reply is greatly encouraging and you clearly have an open mind that is willing to be receptive to different viewpoints.

      Of course, I had no idea your Dad was a physician, but what a comfort and reassurance that must be for you, and from what you have said, he is a caring Father, as demonstrated by his comments and arranging for you to see an anxiety specialist.

      I realise of course, that there are times at your age when you don't feel at ease talking with family members, especially if you think it will make you seem foolish. It was the same with my son. We would talk for hours on end until he got to 16 and withing a period of weeks, it just got less and less until I was lucky to get a grunt.  :-)

      If there is anything else I can tell you that will make it easier for you to cope while you get this under control, just let me know what your question is, and the more specific you are, the better equipped I will be to answer it.

      Take care young fellah - and be proud of yourself for reaching out. It takes courage.  :-)

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    Another problem is that now I eat about half the amount of food I used to eat e.g instead of eating a plate of pasta I eat half a plate, but I still feel like throwing up and sometimes I feel my heart pounding quickly I'm not sure if that's cause I'm scared or what, it lasts for about 15 mins then I feel better, then after a while I feel the lump in my throat but now the lump doesn't bother me like It did 2 or 3 days ago.
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    Hello again.

    Have you also discussed this with your Dad, or has it only started in the past few days? The family are probably aware if you are eating half your normal intake.

    Let's get positivive from the get-go. You said the 'feeling' of the lump in your throat is not bothering you in the way it did when you started the discussion. Looking back at the discussion, I think that proves undeniably to you that what you are experiencing or have experienced, is, or has been frightening for you. Now you have had time to think through some of the points in the discussion, it would seem that you have started to accept the feeling, embrace it, ignore it, and the consequence is that it is now beginning to bother you less and less.

    That is something I would expect to continue hazem until you forgot you ever had it. So very well done for the effort you have made to rethink the problem.

    Regarding your appetite, nausea, and vomiting, as your Dad would no doubt tell you, there are a vast range of conditions associated with these symptoms. however, without pre-judging, considering the lump in the throat is clearly (or was) an anxietal issue, then the signs would point to the same cause, as anxiety or extreme feelings of fear or panic very easily provokes nausea and vomiting. People faint out of fear. So it is perfectly possible your body is responding to your thinking.

    You say you "feel" like vomiting, so again there is a clue. The 'feeling' of your heart pounding however is real, because you will be able to check your pulse or put two fingers over the carotid artery in your neck whiill confirm it. But ahain, rapid heartbeat, or in severe cases, palpitations of the heart, can also be linked to anxiety.

    I'll guarantee if someone fired a gun behind you for a prank, you would feel your heart pounding, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it. I would be more worried if it didn't pound!  lol

    A perfectly normal reaction in the healthiest of people. With anxiety what happens, is that the brain triggers the same chemicals without a rational fear, but your heart responds the way it should.

    This is something the anxiety specialist you are going to see will no doubt discuss with you.

    I hope you have a good weekend young man.

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      Hahaha ur awesome man, u seem really experienced. U know what im suffering from and u helped me out alot not like my useless doc who always says it's anxiety and it takes time to forget about it; well tell me something I don't know! By the way thank u!
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      Hi again rainboy, recently i started suffering sudden shortages of breath and pokes in my chest (not really painful and lasts for about 10-30 secs), just wanted to ask u about this. Thanx again
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