Lump in the throat
Lump in the throat: You feel as though there is something stuck in your throat, or that you feel you have a lump in your throat. You may also feel that you can barely swallow, that there is a “tightness” in the throat, or that you have to really force yourself to swallow. Sometimes this feeling can lead you to think that you may suffocate, choke, or get something stuck in your throat.
You may also choke, gasp, gag, or have to swallow hard. While there is no apparent reason why this occurs (there’s nothing in your throat to cause you to do this), you feel you have to or are forced to because of some perceived blockage in your throat or airway.
NOTE: There are direct physiological and psychological reasons why anxiety symptoms occur. The Recovery Support area of our website contains detailed information about common anxiety symptoms including what they are, why they occur, and what you can do to eliminate them. It includes the anxiety symptom feeling like you have a lump in the throat.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 10, 2017.