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    To anyone who has the tightness in throat feeling, do you ever get used to it? It feels like someone is choking me.

    Asked by GGP on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    To anyone who has the tightness in throat feeling, do you ever get used to it? It feels like someone is choking me.

    Especially when I walk out into the cold weather, my throat tightens up. It's a strange feeling.

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    • Harry's Avatar

      I don't know if I can be much help. The time I felt a throat tightness, it was the onset of anaphylactic shock.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Greg, when my cancer got into my trachea the symptoms were a cough and thightness in my throat like you described. The tightness felt like it was up around my neck not in my chest where the tumor was. I would talk to the Dr about the tighness and make sure it is nothing to worry about. I didn't get used to it as the surgery that removed the tumor took care of it. I am not sure I could get used to a chocking sensation. Good Luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I don't know if your throat tightness is the same as mine. I refer to the sensation as "charffing" (choke/barff) This is not my term another fellow survivor coined it. I have learned to live with it. It really is a signal that I should stop eating or talking. If I do not stop those activities I will barff. My Dr. says that a periodic endoscopy would relieve the sensation somewhat. Since endoscopies are expensive I has told my Dr. that when my weight gets too low, I will have it done, until then I will cope. However you might talk to your Dr. about the proceedure. I don't know it your chocking is the same as mine but I hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      https://www.whatnext.com/conditions/cancer/head-neck-throat-cancer Here is a link to our Head and Neck Cancer page.

      The choking feeling comes at unusual times, either after yawning, or when cold air hits my throat. It just feels like the muscles are constricting.

      over 4 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      I just started on a new chemo regime with 5 FU, Irinotecan, Oxaliplatin,. The Oxaliplatin has listed as side effect sensation of difficulty breathing and swallowing , can be caused by exposure to cold and usually resolves on its on after a few minutes to an hour. If it occurs cup your hands over your mouth to warm the air you are breathing. My Doctor went into great detail about all the side effects that may happen with the new chemo. Ask your Doctor if this might be the problem. It also has the side effect of neuropathy which I am noticing. Especially if I get something it of the freezer . My fingertips tingle and feels like needles. If I try to eat ice cream the same thing happens in my mouth and throat. Good luck

      over 4 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar

      Hi GGP,

      I, likewise, often get a tightening or clamping in my throat and mine is often related to cold drinks and sometimes cold air. In my case it could be treated to an old injury but I don't know for sure. Sorry, not much help, but at least a confirmation that you are not alone.

      My best to you & yours,

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I constantly have a tightness in my throat. A recent PET scan revealed a new lesion on the base of my tongue. The worst for me is the ear and jaw pain and the headache I get from it. I don't know if you get used to it, you just accept it and do everything you can to ease the discomfort. I try to eat soft, easy to swallow foods and drink plenty of liquids. Cover your throat when you go outside to help against the cold. I know, you've probably heard all of this before. I hope you can find some relief. Best of luck to you!

      over 4 years ago

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