There are some pretty “normal” symptoms of anxiety that nearly every sufferer will experience. Things like shakiness, accelerated heart rate, tension, nausea, sweating, etc. are the typical symptoms that most people know about. However, there are also some unusual ones that many will experience and have no idea how to explain or deal with.
One of them is having a sensation of a lump in your throat.
Feeling this lump in the throat can cause more anxiety. Sometimes it makes it harder to breathe, harder to speak, and harder to swallow. This can seriously increase your panic levels.
Why Does The Lump In The Throat Sensation Occur?
Anxiety does a variety of things to the body, and one of those things is that it releases pro-inflammatory markers. This is caused by the activation of your nervous system at the onset of anxiety. The inflammation can affect the throat and feel like there is something stuck there or that your airway is closing.
How To Deal With The Lump In The Throat Symptom
It’s important to try not to panic further when you start to feel the lump in the throat sensation. Unfortunately, once it starts, the only way to make it stop and cure it completely is to effectively treat your anxiety. However, there are ways you can deal with it when it occurs.
- Take a run or a jog. This is not the best thing to do if you feel like you can’t breathe; however, if your anxiety or panic is being caused by stress and you feel the lump just starting to form in your throat, then put on your sneakers and take a quick run. Whether you’re outside or on the treadmill doesn’t matter, but being outside will help calm your nerves, especially during daylight hours.
- Drink water. By drinking the water, you can feel it travel down your throat, so your anxiety about not being able to breathe or swallow will be soothed. Some studies also suggest that hydration can reduce swelling and the sensation of the lump. Give it a shot. What have you got to lose?
- Herbal remedies. Pull out the teabags or the elixirs/extracts. Herbs like passion-flower, valerian, and kava are extremely effective in treating anxiety and can reduce swelling. All of these can be found at your local whole foods or farmer’s market. Try just one at a time so as not to overwhelm your system.
- Start the End The Anxiety Program. There’s no better replacement than a well put together Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program to lower your overall anxiety levels starting today…
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