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Feeling pressure in the throat. Suffer from anxiety. Are these related?

just wondering what may be causing this feeling ive been getting off n on for couple of mths. its like a pressure in throat that goes away or is lessened by burping. it woke me up early this morning, but othertimes happens after breakfast some mornings before work. i do suffer from anxiety and not happy at work, so wondered if its jst another of those anxiety things. nothing happens below my throat and from memory its usually gone by time i get to work or jst after. dont think its heartburn as it doesnt really feel burny? its a bit like the pressure u feel when needing to cry. im 41.
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
welcome to Healthcare Magic.

Anxiety may lead to spasm in throat muscle which can present as pain and heaviness in throat, like in your case. Improvement in symptoms after distraction favor anxiety as cause of your problem.

Apart from that acid reflex and acidity may present with similar symptoms. Anxiety is also associated with increase acid secretion.

You may need assessment and treatment with psychiatrist to diagnose and treat your anxiety related issues. Treatment with medicines like SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and cognitive behaviour therapy will help you.

Wish you all the best.

Dr Ashish Kumar Mittal
Answered: Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It is very likely from anxiety.
However at 40 plus, it is better to have your heart checked - a stress ECG will clear the doubt.
Anxiety should rather be an exclusion diagnosis...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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