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Fear of not being able to swallow

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Dgjn12345

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Hello all, just thought I’d see if anyone has had a similar thing that has plagued me for the last 10 years!

I occasionally get very focused on the urge to swallow, and not when eating or drinking. It’s almost like I feel I can’t take a breath until I have completed a swallow. Now, this comes and goes and it certainly A lot worse with a hangover, so I’m fairly sure it’s anxiety! The bigger problem now is that I’ve recently started running. This is compounding the problem as, when I feel the need to swallow, I will focus on that and basically not breathe until I’ve managed a swallow, which is very uncomfortable and panic raising when out of breath.

Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms; a google search also pointed towards OCD...

It’s alleviated if I have a bottle of water to hand, as the fear of not being able to swallow fades, then I don’t try to swallow. The issue here is that I have become very dependent on always having a bottle of water to hand - stopping me carrying out certain activities.

Appreciate any advice or experience in this matter. It’s already affected my left and career in so many ways, I would like to beat it before much longer.
 
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Lolaa12

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I occasionally get very focused on the urge to swallow, and not when eating or drinking. It’s almost like I feel I can’t take a breath until I have completed a swallow. Now, this comes and goes and it certainly A lot worse with a hangover, so I’m fairly sure it’s anxiety! The bigger problem now is that I’ve recently started running. This is compounding the problem as, when I feel the need to swallow, I will focus on that and basically not breathe until I’ve managed a swallow, which is very uncomfortable and panic raising when out of breath.

I can related to this, because I also experciens this and sometimes I still have it, normally I get very scared of it because I can’t swallow because I need to and I will be to focused on this, but normally when I focus on other things when I swallod it will normaly go away between a couple of minutes.

But your not alone, and mostly you get reactions and see like I’m really not alone with this problem, even if it feels sometimes like it.:grouphug:
 
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