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Has Anyone Felt Like They Are Being Physically Choked?

Has Anyone Felt Like They Are Being Physically Choked?

I keep getting a feeling like someone is physically choking me and then I lose my voice and get headaches from the pressure-it's off and on and can be for days at a time then all the sudden it's gone and it comes back again whenever it wants. I'm not having any swallowing problems so that has the Neuro stumped. MRI of the brain shows the lesions got bigger and still waiting on results of the cervical spine. Has anyone had this happen to them? Is it MS related or something else perhaps?

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Not as often these days, but I used to frequently get something when I was talking where my throat constricts so my voice just couldn't/can't go on. Before retiring from teaching 7th graders, I often had to tell my students to keep the discussion going, or do an exercise in their text because my voice was about to stop. One time, I said, "Let's see what happens if I can keep talking through this." Within 30 seconds one, then others started almost yelling at me, "Stop! OMG you sound like you're strangling! Stop!" I certainly couldn't form any intelligible words, just increasingly fewer truly strangled sounds, as if my vocal cords had simultaneously tightened and twisted into a knot. One year was especially bad. This wasn't linked to headaches.

I'm not sure if this problem is similar to what you've experienced, but I've found talking in general is much more tiring to my entire body than I ever would have believed it could be. Has anyone experienced this? That talking--the act itself, even when your vocal cords don't constrict--is simply, wholly exhausting act?

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

For me I've found that the hug and the "strangulation" both require me to be really calm. Consciously calm. Really difficult when you feel like you're being squeezed to death! But, it passes.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

I sometimes get a spasm in my throat - usually the left side - and I can't speak at all! It's definitely my MS but I've had swallowing tests, scans, endoscopy, etc. and there "isn't anything physical". See your doc to be sure.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

Thanks, I will see if my family dr. can order those tests for me. I'm sorry you are going through that-so terrible! *Hugs*

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

An update, I have food get stuck in my throat daily now. Still get the choking feeling but I try to stay calm and it eventually passes. The neuro gave me a referral to an ENT dr and he found I have gerd. I’m going back in October because my throat is still tight and has been still getting food stuck in it. If he can’t figure out what’s wrong, I’ll get a referral to a GI dr and do a swallowing test and all that neat jazz.

posted 2 months ago
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