Weird breathing sensation? Possible rupture?

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Hi.  I’ve been having an extremely weird breathing sensation that started two days ago.  Out of nowhere, I felt like my breath I was taking in was so big (was inhaling normally) and was cold.  I’m still noticing this.  When I speak, my voice is very raspy, but if I cough a bit, my voice goes back to normal.  I’m worried that there is a tear either in my esophagus or trachea or throat.  It feels like I’m breathing in moisture when I breathe and it’s still cold air and feels like a big breath of air even though it isn’t.  My abdomen is also very swollen.  And when I drink water, I can feel it go all the way down into my stomach.

I was in the ER twice where they did a chest X-ray and then did a CT scan of the chest and abdomen yesterday and everything showed up normal.  Would the cat scan with contrast be able to show if I had a tear or rupture?  The best way to describe is like breathing through a big straw.  And my cough sounds like a drum.

The doctors say it could be anxiety.  Should I press for more tests?  Thanks

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    I am sorry you are suffering.  This had to be scary.  The ER is just making sure you aren't going to die.  They check your vitals and send you home.  If this continues and it sounds like something strange enough to concern you is happening, I would definitely see an ENT specialist, maybe write and take with you a very specific list of all symptoms you notice throughout the day.  Blessings and I hope you find answers and feel better soon.

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      Thank you so much.  Luckily, I haven’t been back to the ER.  I’ve followed up with two more general doctors who believe it is anxiety (somatization) and have put me on anti anxiety meds which calm me down, but I still feel bloated.  Maybe I’m just hypersensitive to how I’m feeling now.  I’m somewhat relieved that if it were a rupture, I probably would have been back in the ER by now.  Additionally, I had a colonoscopy done last year after noticing bloody stools, and the gastro said I looked fine.  I’m hoping it’s all just stress.
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