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I've been depressed for at least 10 years. At one point I had a blood test to see if I am also suffering from anxiety but the doctor said no I wasn't and have never had a panic attack or anything. While I do worry about things sometimes I wouldn't consider it anxious.

More than two weeks ago I started getting a sort of tight/constricted feeling in my throat. If I sit in a reclined position or lay down it is kind of worse. It was coming and going at first but is now pretty much always there. Does this sound like it could be an anxiety attack, and is it possible for an anxiety attack to last a month?

I have never experienced anything like this before and doctors can't see anything wrong, but won't do anything about it and it is making me enraged.
 
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It's great that you're reaching out to doctors and here on the forum. I think the fact that you keep trying to find a solution is a good sign. If you think it's possible that the constricted feeling may be emotional, you could speak with someone trustworthy about how you're feeling.

I had physical symptoms when I first experienced anxiety, but I eventually learned how to get rid of them. I was hurting at the time and it felt lonely not having an answer. It seemed like a big step to find out the name of a kind and supportive therapist and make an appointment, but I found out why the physical symptoms were there and the talk therapy helped me with my emotions.

I realize that this might not be the case with you. Know, though, that if you ever want to see a therapist, you'll join millions of people who benefit from talk therapy by honestly sharing their feelings to get fresh insight on how to cope with life's struggles.
 
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All I really have is apathy, and rage and the doctors are really pissing me of with this. So if you were to ask me I would say it isn't caused by emotions, but this feeling in my throat right now is directly causing my rage.

The doctors prescribed me omeprazole, which so far isn't helping, apparantly can take weeks to start working and may not even be the correct thing. But even though so far no doctor can actually confirm what the problem is they only say wait, or if I ring non emergency or even go to the hospital they just tell me to go back to my doctor. At this point I'm not sure if i can trust doctors anymore.

I asked to be referred for counselling or something for years ago, and I'm not sure if they even did anything cos I'm still waiting, even after asking multiple times and I can't really afford to pay for private.
 
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It's great that you're reaching out to doctors and here on the forum. I think the fact that you keep trying to find a solution is a good sign. If you think it's possible that the constricted feeling may be emotional, you could speak with someone trustworthy about how you're feeling.

I had physical symptoms when I first experienced anxiety, but I eventually learned how to get rid of them. I was hurting at the time and it felt lonely not having an answer. It seemed like a big step to find out the name of a kind and supportive therapist and make an appointment, but I found out why the physical symptoms were there and the talk therapy helped me with my emotions.

I realize that this might not be the case with you. Know, though, that if you ever want to see a therapist, you'll join millions of people who benefit from talk therapy by honestly sharing their feelings to get fresh insight on how to cope with life's struggles.
BTW if my tone was harsh I am sorry, I can't really control myself right now and I'm trying not to direct it at anyone trying to help
 
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BTW if my tone was harsh I am sorry, I can't really control myself right now and I'm trying not to direct it at anyone trying to help
Your tone was absolutely fine and you're right to be pissed off at the doctors. I'd feel rage too if someone prescribed the wrong stuff. I looked up omeprazole and it seems to be for acid reflux issues. Do they think you have stomach acid that's making its way into your throat?

I had doctors tell me, or imply, that what I was feeling physically was all in my head. They didn't know what was wrong with me. This was when I was 21 (many years ago) and I had a ulcer. They just said I was anemic.

Did the doctors take x-rays or look internally? Can you find a new family physician who will refer you to a specialist (a nose and throat doctor)? I'm sorry you're going through this.
 
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My mother used to be a nurse practitioner and she couldn't see anything. My gp looked for a couple of seconds and couldn't see anything. I went to the emergency department, they did an ecg and a more thorough examination but everything looked fine.

They gave me the omeprazole because I said I took some rennie and that seemed to help, even though I then said I took it again later and it didn't help at all. I do occasionally suffer from heartburn, but these are two completely different things.

The other option is that this is linked to my mental health, even though I have no history of panic attacks and doctors told me I didn't have an elevated thyroid after a blood test so I don't have anxiety. But since they can't confirm what this is I don't understand why they won't do anything else. I am considering legal action now.

I have registered somewhere else now, i am going to try and get an appointment tomorrow.

Also because I can't really control myself something triggered me and I punched a wall. Might have broken my hand.
 
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It could be a kind of health anxiety where you're feeling something and then your mind is filling in the blanks and running away from you with thinking it could be this thing or that thing? Have you had any changes in medication recently other than the Omeprazole? Or any other changes in your life?
 
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It could be a kind of health anxiety where you're feeling something and then your mind is filling in the blanks and running away from you with thinking it could be this thing or that thing? Have you had any changes in medication recently other than the Omeprazole? Or any other changes in your life?
The closest thing to any medication change would be me not taking paracetamol anymore. But I have taken it since and there was no change. There have been no other changes in my life. Even the whole lock down business doesn't really bother me, it has had largely no affect on my daily life.

I can't say it definitely isn't linked to anxiety but since the doctors are being useless assholes I have no answers. Is it normal for someone to just suddenly experience physical symptoms and for it to last longer than a month? Oh and even if it is anxiety, it's not like they will give me anything for it, they are too hyper focused on the omeprazole even though that can take weeks to take effect.
 
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If you think about it anxiety is largely irrational (I suffer with it myself by the way so I'm not ridiculing or downplaying it) and our minds can become convinced of things that aren't likely or aren't likey to be true. There's a lot of rumination and overthinking involved in depression and anxiety is like a natural ally for it; the two combined are little shitbags to say the least as they feed off of each other. So it may well be that you have something physical going on, or that you did have something going on that has now subsided but you are still anxious about without realizing it, or it could be that your depressed mind has got away from you a bit and you've started to think of a lot of 'what if?' scenarios. The docs are saying there's nothing there physically (although admittedley they could be missing something) but let's assume they're right, that would leave anxiety as being behind it.
Take a look here and see if this is of any use to you: Health Anxiety Self Help | Get.gg - Getselfhelp.co.uk
 
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OK i understand what you meant by health anxiety now. I don't think it's that. I do sometimes get health problems, but i often ignore them and they eventually go away, or I know what it is and how to deal with it.

Also I have tried CBT in the past, it doesn't work for me.
 
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CBT didn't work for me either, and I hear many people say this, but don't give up your search for help. At the very least, a GOOD therapist might ease the anxiety you're feeling about what you're going through. I have a good therapist now and I'm reading books with the exercises that therapists give patients in therapy. You don't have to see a therapist to learn them. Group therapy is another option, and there are dozens of types of therapy.

This might not relate to you in any way, but my anger is so sudden from daily conflicts and past trauma that I thought I couldn't control it. My sensations are chest muscle tightness and rising blood pressure. My emotional reactions (anger) and my physical feelings (stress in my chest) and my behavior (complaining or saying something nasty) are all connected.

Therapy made me realize how I respond to anger-arousing situations and now I'm reading an anger-management book and going to trauma-focused therapy. Some therapy modalities are focused on the patients helping themselves. You still need to be able to talk to develop awareness of what's happening inside.
 
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CBT didn't work for me either, and I hear many people say this, but don't give up your search for help. At the very least, a GOOD therapist might ease the anxiety you're feeling about what you're going through. I have a good therapist now and I'm reading books with the exercises that therapists give patients in therapy. You don't have to see a therapist to learn them. Group therapy is another option, and there are dozens of types of therapy.

This might not relate to you in any way, but my anger is so sudden from daily conflicts and past trauma that I thought I couldn't control it. My sensations are chest muscle tightness and rising blood pressure. My emotional reactions (anger) and my physical feelings (stress in my chest) and my behavior (complaining or saying something nasty) are all connected.

Therapy made me realize how I respond to anger-arousing situations and now I'm reading an anger-management book and going to trauma-focused therapy. Some therapy modalities are focused on the patients helping themselves. You still need to be able to talk to develop awareness of what's happening inside.
I am willing to try anything that might help. I am almost completely certain group therapy won't be for me because in general I dislike groups of people. I am still waiting to speak to a psychiatrist on Tuesday because I never have and the doctors have been absolutely pathetic so far. If I go on it will just turn into a rant.

How long do your physical symptoms last? This is the most important question. What I am experiencing has lasted a month at least, and all I can find says physical symptoms only last a few days at most which is why right now I can not accept this is anxiety. Especially when I am so enraged entirely because of this singular symptom and the doctors reluctance to do anything. If I wasn't suffering from mental health issues what would be done?
 
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My symptoms last the whole time I'm emotionally upset (a few hours). But if anxiety is connected to the throat sensations, then the anxiety could last a month. I know this because I see people in a group who all experience debilitating anxiety at some point in their mental illness.
The good news is that a psychiatrist can prescribe medication for anxiety to see if your symptoms go away.

If you have allergies, the chemicals released during anaphylaxis cause inflammation, which is what makes your throat and airways swell up and tighten. Some people experience this with allergies to food, etc. Your doctor should do more tests.

Has a doctor checked to see if the glands in your neck are swollen?
 
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OK, since you know people and are more trustworthy than the doctors, I can now accept that it is a possibility and will ask the psychiatrist about it. Not being sarcastic, my genuine opinion is that anyone on here is more trustworthy than a doctor at this point. But if they suggest an ssri I am going to full on lose my shit.

So far in my life I am not allergic to anything, and I am quite picky with what food I eat so it wouldn't be anything that I have eaten or drunk. The only new drug is the omeprazole but that was supposed to fix it.

My mother and a doctor in A&E concluded that there is nothing swollen or visibly wrong. And I agree that they should be doing more tests, but they won't, because I have been given omeprazole and I have the scheduled appointment on Tuesday and they are happy to let me suffer in this hell that is severely stressing me out and preventing me from sleeping.

And sure there are things that do make me angry from time to time, but all of my rage and any possible anxiety I feel right now is caused by the feeling in my throat.
 
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Also I'm not generally an angry person and normally can deal with anger just fine. But I have no way to deal with this. The only comparison I can make is severe toothache, but it comes on when you have no access to painkillers so you have to wait, sometimes a couple of days. But with that I know there will be relief in time, so i can direct my anger.
 
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