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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Feeling choked inside throat

 hollight - Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:18 am

I'm a 13 year old male.

I feel like I am being choked inside throat. My heartbeat stays normal and i can still breathe, but i have the feeling that I'm choked in my throat.This feeling happened recently.
I have random chest pains for the past few years.
I have not consulted any doctors yet.
I would like to know am i having any sickness or problem in my body.
Thank you.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:36 am

User avatar Hi,
"Choking sensation" in the throat is often caused by causes outside the throat.
Two causes which need to be excluded are GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), and "Panic attacks".

GERD can present with a variety of symptoms of varying severity which affect one's lifestyle by varying degrees."Globus sensation' is a sensation described as a 'lump in the throat', which can also be felt as 'choking' in the throat.This sensation is occasionally associated with GERD.

"Panic attacks" are manifested by an acute anxiety coupled with intense physiological response.An affected person may feel close to death and extremely frightened.This may occur as an isolated occurrence or may be recurrent.Duration also varies.

Apart from these two conditions,one other condition which needs a mention is "Sleep Apnea",in which choking sensations may occur.You must consult your GP first for an initial evaluation.
Good day!

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