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Swallowing and throat problems

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My problem is I swallow involuntarily. It only happens when I'm falling asleep my throat muscles start moving, it was nerve racking when it first started, now it's one of my signs a wave is coming. I also had an issue that I would wake in the middle of the night and my jaw would open and shut involuntarily, that hasn't happened since the spring thank goodness.

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this has been on and off for me during my taper.  I felt it last night actually, where i feel sort of like I'm being choked (ever so slightly). I took a benadryl, since I'm also dealing with rashes occasionally, and that seems to usually help. It could be the sedating nature of the drug that helps it go away.

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In the last few months I get this tightening feeling around my throat extending to behind my ears. It feels like someone is taking both their hands and strangling around my throat. I thought it was related to things I ate. Could this be a histamine response? I was off work for two months and it went away and I started back, as a teacher, really high stress and its back full force. Could it be the stress on my nervous system. Anyone experience anything similar?

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I have felt like there's something in my throat, like a lump, or even a slight tightening. But I'm also having histamine issues during my WD. It could also be anxiety. So not sure, it could be one or the other in my case.

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Yes I had this one along with several other very bizarre symptoms related to muscles and nerves like feeling punched in the nose.  Mine was not related to stress but to withdrawal.  I know nothing about histamine response.  The tight throat muscles thing is gone now.  It is temporary.  I hate withdrawal.  I can't believe I survived.

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I have tightness in my chest and difficulty catching a breath during some bad waves.

 

Also tightness over entire scalp. Also have a tic from Lexapro usage where I contract all my throat muscles. Not a terrible tic, I can control it.

 

Definitely withdrawal related for me.

 

Mostly gone by now.

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Anyone experience this? My throat muscles are extremely tense all the time i battle to swallow and muscles making clicking sounds that i can feel when i put my hand on my throat. Its really bothersome and ive had it continuously for a month.

 

Went to doctor he said it could be allergies or anxiety..

 

Does this go away? Also still have clogged ears :(

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I am so grateful for this site that supported me to assert that I'm not a hypochondriac when doctors look at me as though I am when I describe SSRI withdrawal symptoms! Thank you all. I am frightened about my swallowing & choking symptoms but thanks to your posts I am hopeful this will get better as my neurons recalibrate. One little step at a time.

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Hi All,

after more than one year swallowing problems and throat chronic infection I have been now on antibiotics and I have been urgently referred for endoscopy (suspected cancer referral). I am worried...

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Hi all,

So it has been about 3 weeks since I have stopped Wellbutrin 150mg and Celexa 5mg. I tapered, a bit too fast I am learning, but have been putting up with small expected bouts of dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, etc. 

 

Recently, the past week and 1/2 I have had this feeling my throat as if I have mucus stuck in my throat. I keep clearing my throat and it is driving me crazy. I went to the doctor--because I have seasonal allergies--and they noted it was not post nasal drip.

 

This feels somewhat like a lump, but does not affect eating etc.

 

I have tried allergy meds, nettipot, more vitamin c, anything that might stop the mucus sensation. I have to keep clearing my throat and it is starting to make my throat sore.

 

Am I crazy thinking this might be a WD symptom?

 

Due to the time frame, my mind instantly goes to "I am going to have this forever" and that causes even more anxiety.

 

I am just unsure how to proceed, besides waiting.

 

Thanks for any insight.

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I have exactly the same as you....what did the doc think it was, did he make any suggestions?

 

Like you I have awful hay fever at this time of year and the pollen count is really high at the moment.

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I've also had this and several others have reported similar. Mine slowly went away over time, but it comes back during some of my waves. I wrote more about it in the related thread.
 
See: Swallowing and Throat Problems - Surviving Antidepressants *topics merged

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Wow, I have had throat/mucus problems too. I didnt suspect it to be related to withdrawal - but I did have a continuous runny nose and eyes while on antipsychotics, so it makes sense.

 

I felt like I had a permanant headcold while on seroquel.

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I have exactly the same as you....what did the doc think it was, did he make any suggestions?

 

Like you I have awful hay fever at this time of year and the pollen count is really high at the moment.

 

Hi,

Thanks for your response. The only suggestion was an ENT appointment so I will see. I noticed allergy-D meds might be causing some of it. Probably causing a little anxiety. I will keep you posted.

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I've also had this and several others have reported similar. Mine slowly went away over time, but it comes back during some of my waves. I wrote more about it in the related thread.

 

See: Swallowing and Throat Problems - Surviving Antidepressants

Petunia,

 

Thank you so much. I guess this is just a wait and see...just like all the AD l withdrawal stuff. 

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Wow, I have had throat/mucus problems too. I didnt suspect it to be related to withdrawal - but I did have a continuous runny nose and eyes while on antipsychotics, so it makes sense.

 

I felt like I had a permanant headcold while on seroquel.

 

Hi Buffy,

I find that it is a common side effect and really the only thing that may help is time. I will keep you posted!

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After stopping citalopram i have trouble swalloing , it come and goes. Sometimes it feels like i have to try really hard to swallow, like the reflex is messed up or something and sometimes it feels like it gets stucked in my throat

Hi Bellisimo, i started having sore throught and swallowing problems on the weekend and had to be sick a few times, its around 9 months in withdrawal.  It was really painful to swallow, and thought my tonsils were playing up. I took some extra Ceterizine (antihistamine) (5mg) and it helped as im normally on 10mg a day anyway. Its Wednesday and the pain is very mild now almost unnoticeable.  Find it strange that it is related to withdrawal.  Relieved to know that others went through the same.  

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Hi All,

after more than one year swallowing problems and throat chronic infection I have been now on antibiotics and I have been urgently referred for endoscopy (suspected cancer referral). I am worried...

Hi ikam, i really hope it finally gets sorted, a year is a long time.  All the best.

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Thank you. I went to see my GP, she sent me for endoscopy (all clear!), but because I am low with iron plus have a bit increased sugar (I did not fast before test), she has been preoccupied with find a cancer/or any illness in my body! As she said I am losing iron somewhere. So sent me for colonoscopy!

She did not listen that I have had over one year of long-term stress, driving around 500miles a week, living in a shabby accommodation,etc.

Moreover, I am convinced, I have problem with absorption, not losing it! I read a lot about leaky gut syndrome and it fits the picture.

I told her I cannot take iron tablets (I get very sick), but she prescribed me tablets! (I used to have iron injections in the past)...

She is very young and quite arrogant; does not listen at all...

 

So I am back dealing with the problem on my own...

 

I am 56 years old and feeling so old; hardly can get energy going...I used to be very active, walked a lot...I have been staying indoors most of the time...

I wonder, if the change in my life style (driving long hours, sitting a lot, hardly doing any exercise) for over one year, could have contributed to my tiredness? I went shopping yesterday, and came back exhausted. My joints are so painful, and I am constantly covered with sweat, even with the slightest task...

 

I have just started a new job, moved house over one month ago (still need to do unpacking!), and instead of feeling better I actually crashed into a kind of exhaustion...

Could it be related to having a lot of stress and now "just relaxing"?

It is nice and quiet here, I have more space and it is not so hot and dusty...So maybe I am just catching up and one day I will get better???

 

Any thoughts, I would really appreciate this, as I don't understand the way I feel and I am worried that I will just crash and die...

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I wrote you a detailed note in your thread which is addressing your partcular situation, at least I think it is, Ikam.

 

This is one problem I find with having some of these posts in the symptoms forum. A lot of things people complain about are individual to THEM and the same advice does not apply to all.

 

Wd syndrome affects all of us differently but many of the symptoms are classic. It is the individual that needs to be helped, not the symptom. Many times how you are reacting to things and your efforts to fix things can make it worse instead of better. And incomplete signatures complicate the problem. Ikam, as I scanned your thread I saw mention of you taking something for stomach acid (I think) but it is not in your sig. That is very important to your case. Everything is important but if we don't know about it we can't give good advice. I have a medical background and I feel one of my talents is to be able to look at symptoms and drugs and stuff and make reasonable guesses as to the cause of problems and offer solutions to try.

 

If it is not there I can't add it into the equation and come up with something that might be helpful. So have a look at your thread and see if I gave you anything good to think about.

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Hey guys wondering if anyone can help. I've had for the last 2 weeks a tightening around the throat or esophagus. Its very bad. It feels like breathing is really restricted and throat is narrowed. But CT scan on throat showed no inflammation or narrowing. This symptom is out of blue and I'm confused if anyone can help id be really appreciated. Swallowing also feel tough.

 

I have a scope for my esophagus next week as I've had gerd before but usually this wouldn't affect breathing. Or it probably would have shown on CT scan.

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Sorry Mort - this seems to be something not many here know about.  The only thought I have is, could it be caused by muscle tension, possibly related to a build up of stress?  My daughter (though not on any drugs!) went through a stage of having difficulty swallowing, and feeling tight around her throat and esophagus when she ate.  It was eased by a few sessions with our chiropractor. 

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It could be, not sure, I've felt a big increase In acid reflux so maybe the combo. Don't have a scope booked yet but going to see an internist to get referral for GI Doc tomorrow. I'm only worried they won't rush the appointment because my mom told the ER Doc my acid reflux was increased from WD symptoms and it's been 30 months since I stopped meds. So the ER DOCTOR just wrote that I need pyschiatric help and this is anxiety. So his report will probably go to internist tomorrow. GOD love my mom she's been amazing for me, i couldn't do WD without her but she doesn't realize how much trouble that causes by saying that.

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Oh boy, yeah, you probably didn't need the doctors getting that notion in their heads.  It's hard enough to be taken seriously...

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My mom learned the hard way , I think the fact that she talks with a psychologist regularly about me who fully understands WD throws her off, she thinks more doctors understand. She doesn't realize how rare the guy is shes talking too.

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I feel so alone and scared. I have nobody to talk to.

 

Almost two years ago I posted in this thread about losing sensation in my tongue /throat /neck area, meaning that swallowing felt extra difficult and frightening. I got used to it. But about six weeks ago I had a chest infection and mucus went down my airways twice to the point where I was choking - for about five seconds both times I could not physically take in or expel any air. It was terrifying. For six weeks afterwards it didn't happen again. However, now I spend 24/7 with what feels like mucus around my airways, and normally we would just cough this up, but it's as if the sensation is totally gone from that area and when I try to cough it up nothing happens, I can't feel anything at all, except for the mucus continuing to slide down into my trachea. Basically, it's like I've totally lost sensation in a portion of my airways area. I'm constantly trying to stop the mucus going down further but this only works half the time. When I say constantly I mean 24/7 every 30 seconds. It's so scary and uncomfortable and I can't believe I'm back here again being anxious 24/7 terrified about what the true cause may be, what underlying condition I may be about to be diagnosed with.

 

 

And I know that I'm not just imagining the presence of mucus going down my windpipe, because when I force myself to go for any length of time without trying to clear it, it builds up and I have to cough up a large amount of it.

 

Metaphorically, and to an extent also literally, it feels like I'm spending 24/7 with someone's hand wrapped around my throat and I'm terrified they're going to strangle me at any moment.

 

I'm exhausted.

 

I'm going to see the doctor this weekend.

 

Sorry to be so negative. I'm just feeling really scared and unhappy and alone lately. All the time.

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Someday,

 

Don't panic with the mucus.

 

I saw my doc on Wednesday about this, because I have been very phlegmy for the last 2.5 months (by the way phlegm is harmless but annoying).

 

She asked some standard questions (do I smoke, how long have I had it for, blah blah), and felt my glands, looked at my ears, throat, checked my temperature and found nothing.

 

I was offered a nasal spray as a means of reducing the mucus in my upper respiratory tract which I took her up on.

 

Some people can experience excessive mucus for weeks or months but it is harmless.

 

Maybe in our case WD is the cause, I'm not sure, but like everything else since being embroiled with ADs, I have experienced weird symptoms I have never had before in my life.

 

You will be fine!

 

Take care,

JC

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someday my new symptom sounds a but like yours 

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I feel so alone and scared. I have nobody to talk to.

Almost two years ago I posted in this thread about losing sensation in my tongue /throat /neck area, meaning that swallowing felt extra difficult and frightening. I got used to it. But about six weeks ago I had a chest infection and mucus went down my airways twice to the point where I was choking - for about five seconds both times I could not physically take in or expel any air. It was terrifying. For six weeks afterwards it didn't happen again. However, now I spend 24/7 with what feels like mucus around my airways, and normally we would just cough this up, but it's as if the sensation is totally gone from that area and when I try to cough it up nothing happens, I can't feel anything at all, except for the mucus continuing to slide down into my trachea. Basically, it's like I've totally lost sensation in a portion of my airways area. I'm constantly trying to stop the mucus going down further but this only works half the time. When I say constantly I mean 24/7 every 30 seconds. It's so scary and uncomfortable and I can't believe I'm back here again being anxious 24/7 terrified about what the true cause may be, what underlying condition I may be about to be diagnosed with.

And I know that I'm not just imagining the presence of mucus going down my windpipe, because when I force myself to go for any length of time without trying to clear it, it builds up and I have to cough up a large amount of it.

Metaphorically, and to an extent also literally, it feels like I'm spending 24/7 with someone's hand wrapped around my throat and I'm terrified they're going to strangle me at any moment.

I'm exhausted.

I'm going to see the doctor this weekend.

Sorry to be so negative. I'm just feeling really scared and unhappy and alone lately. All the time.

Someday,

 

Have you gained any clarity as to what's causing your throat issues?

 

Many of us in WD seem to suffer with these kind of symptoms.

 

Hope you are ok?

 

TC,

JC

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someday my new symptom sounds a but like yours

 

Hi Mort,

 

Any updates on your throat symptoms?

 

Best,

JC

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Hey JC it seems to be esphogael spasms ,and after I eat it gets worse or when I breathe in freezing cold air it can lock up. When I'm tired and sleep it gets better because more relaxed. Its all from the last wave that lasted 3-4 months my body was under so much duress 24/7 I was bed ridden .I think my whole body just locked up. But I'm feeling it in my throat .I'm better now because I got it all checked out and nothing is blocking my airways so I don't panic when it comes on right after I eat. I Just have to wait for this crappy symptom to pass just like all the others in WD!

 

Last winter I had some crazy symptoms come on like severe body temperature dysregulation .It felt like hot flashes that would last 10-12 hrs a day plus Extreme dehydratiom for a few months.I wasnt actually dehydrated but boy did it feel that way. I keep saying nothing in WD would surprise me but it keeps surprsing me!

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Mort,

 

That's wonderful news! Very frightening for you over that period, but you're ok so that's the most important thing :0)

 

Tell me about it re: the WD surprises, lol. Does nothing but keep on jangling my nerves!

 

Really happy for you that you're ok, and thanks for the update.

 

TC,

JC

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Thanks for checking up on me JC !

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Thanks for checking up on me JC !

Hey, we're an online community afterall Mort! Gotta keep each other going here :0)

 

Too much "scary" stuff to deal with which is a lonely experience.

 

Next and onwards!!!

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Ya very true it's def a scary place to b!! I'm hoping this goes away soon. Really scary symptom these spasms are.They last 10-12 hrs everyday And googling it is bad . Not much treatment but if it's cause by WD than it should go away soon

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