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I feel as if I am being strangled. Not choking, but strangled.

By Anonymous October 21, 2011 - 6:04pm
 
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Beginning December, 2010, I have been to my primary care physician, a gastronologist, endocrinologist, ears, nose and throat doctor and a neurologist.

It was discovered I had polyps on the right side of my thyroid. I had an ultrasound and biopsy and they were not cancerous. However, the endocrinologist said the polyps should not be causing my strangling sensation. He referred me to a gastronologist. I had an endoscopic procedure performed and all was well. No acid reflex, GERD, tumor, etc. He referred me to an otolaryngologist. Through an additional ultrasound, it was discovered the nodules were growing. It was determined my thyroid should be removed and it was thought it would eliviate the strangling sensation. On June 22, 2011, I had half of my thyroid removed. During a follow up visit, I infomred the doctor I was still feeling like I am being strangled. He said there was some swelling and give it about a month (which I did). I then went back to him and he put me on Prilosec and sent me for a barium ?? procedure. All was normal. My new PCP examined me and took an x-ray of my nectk. He noticed something in the back of my neck that might possibly be causing the sensation in the front of my neck. He sent me for a neck MRI. He put me on Celebrex (to reduce inflammation - if any). I had the neck MRI and after review the PCP - sent me to a neurologist. I went to the neurologist earlier in the week. He said neurologically speaking, I was fine and he didn't feel the vertebras were causing my discomfort. I am at a lost as to where to go or what to do next. Some of my smyptoms are as follows: It originally felt like I as wearing a high turtle nectk sweater that was too tight or I had a scarf on and it was pulled too tight. I have difficulty swallowing saliva (golf ball in throat feeling), but have a lesser problem swallowing water or eating. At all times, it now feels like someone is strangling me - somethimes mild to extreme. I do not feel like I am choking. It has never felt like it is on the interior of my throat. It has always felt like it is on the exterior of my throat and the interior of my neck (if that makes any sense.) Some of my other symptoms are like Cricophanyngea Spasm, however two doctors say I do not have that. I had cosmetic surgery three and a half years ago (with no compliations) and went back to the plastic surgeon to inquire if he had ever seen this side effect before and could make a recommendation. No suggestion was made. Before this issue, I have been extremely healthy - with the exception of glaucoma. I have glaucoma in both eyes and have used drops for about ten years and have had surgery on my right eye. I am 59 years old, good health - no high blood pressure, heart disease, sugar diabetes, etc. I'm 5'7" / 150 lbs, non-smoker and an occasional cocktail. No medication except eye drops and minor vitamins (calcium, etc.) Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact me at [Personal Information removed for privacy]
Thank you for your possible assistance. I look forward to hearing from someone.

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Anonymous

im a 14 year old girl with a very similar problem and i hate it im losing my mind, lately ive been very nervous and stressed an i dont know why and now i feel like someone has been strangling me, but very lightly and sometimes i cant breathe properly, also the thought of mt neck being touched i shiver and feel so deeply uncomfortable and i twitch a lot.

September 30, 2017 - 6:57am
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Anonymous

This can be a simple problem to fix...often the muscles in your neck get very tight from stress or posture and can actually give you a choking/ strangling sensation. Go see a massage therapist and they can relax the mucles around your throat. Immediate relief, but go often until the issue subsides. It's probably not a medical problem.

September 26, 2017 - 4:04am
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Anonymous

I have this same problem. It is very uncomfortable and sometimes it frightens me. I had my thyroid checked, I have stones but the doctors do not think they are cancerous, i was told that over 60% of people have stones and dont even know. So next I had a chest exray and tomarrow I am seeing a throat specialist. I will be have the camer down my throat im sure. So we will see. The feeling of being choked comes and goes throughout the day. I thought it was from anxiety and but now im starting to thing it is something else. I still take my anxiety meds for it though and I notice it goes away and sometimes it comes back. It is very uncomfortable. If anyone has figured it out how to stop it please let me know,

September 18, 2017 - 9:03pm
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Anonymous

I have been having the same strangulation sensation for the last month. Its very upsetting.

I believe it is all stress related. I had the strangulation feeling for 2 weeks at the beginning of August 2017 (my job has always been stressful but I believe its all related to stress)....i decided to go on a break to my in laws farm for 2 and a half weeks....after 3 days of rest I was back to normal.....i could run again (as during this time I went from running 5 miles a day to not even being able to running for 30 seconds.....

Now I am back at work I literally have the same symptoms......everyone should decide if they love their stressful lives vs. taking it easy where possible.

I am going to see a cardiologist next week.

I am only 37, male, healthy, exercise daily and this has put a big dent in my normal everyday life.

September 9, 2017 - 6:07pm
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Anonymous

Hi, I have the same strangling feeling (no pain just pressure) I had this about 5 years ago. I also have the sensation of my eyes feeling like they are "popping" out and pressure in my head.
Last time I finally got referred to an Electrophysiologist Cardiologist who diagnosed a form of Ventricular Tachycardia for which he did a catheter ablation.
I felt 10 years younger after the procedure as I could no ,anger feel my heart beating all the time. Apparently it is quite common for this condition of an irregular heart beat to return and it seems it may have. I am currently getting ECG and referral to a new cardio specialist as I have moved house.
I hope this helps some of you. Best of luck

September 4, 2017 - 4:13pm
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Anonymous

Has anyone here heard of sjorgens syndrome or disease it seems to cause the dry or watery eyes and the strangled feeling xx

June 29, 2017 - 2:40pm
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Anonymous

I am a 47 yr old female and I have these same symptoms and so far no one can figure it out. My TSH labs for thyroid go from being in the hyperthyroid realm back to barely in the normal range. About 20 years ago graves disease was thought to be the issue but my thyroid went back to normal ranges for over 9 years until this past January. The feeling of something being around my neck started approx December of 2016. January 2017 the pain started, my voice started get crackly sounding due to the mucous that I can't seem to swallow. It feels like the right side of my throat is not working right and swallowing is a chore. My larynx feels like I am being choked constantly or that I have something around my neck. My ears hurt off and on a lot as well. Went to PCP, Endo, and ENT. Thyroid US, thyroid labs, thyroid uptake, CT scan, Barium Swallow, and sinus xray and still no answer. I read about thyroid nodules affecting the nerves in throat but that it was rare and now I feel that doctors aren't even looking for this. Of course I never had the scans, uptakes, swallowing test or thyroid US before so what they are being compared to is a mystery to me. The pain/discomfort is constant. My job requires I talk most of the day which seems to make it ten times worse. I catch subconsciously reaching for my throat so I must be doing it all throughout the day. Tilting my head down makes my larynx feel like I am jamming it down my throat or that it is hitting the back of my throat. More often that usual I have things "going down the wrong pipe" I was never prone to headaches unless I had sinus infection but I get weird headaches now that seem to coincide with more throat pain. I wish to find an answer to what is going on!

May 19, 2017 - 7:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Did you ever find out what was wrong?
have you checked for Arnold chiara

September 29, 2017 - 8:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi, I have been having this feeling in my neck of being strangled but also a lot of chest pain but the hospital so far can not find anything wrong. They have told me this could be stress/anxiety related but I don't feel stressed or anxious. My neck also feels as if it needs to click all the time & on the odd occasion it might click, the sensation of feeling strangled goes away for a few mins. I also have slight upper back pain & most days I have bad headaches. This has been pretty much every day for 3 months & is beginning to make me feel very depressed.

June 9, 2017 - 1:43am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have exact same feeling. Did CT scan awaiting results. My cardiologist said there was somethings there!! Now I’m worried. I went to emergence and doctor 20 times this past summer! They all say anxiety. They are giving me anxiety

October 20, 2017 - 2:34pm
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