Help! I Can't Swallow.

I've had panic attacks since I was a child and I'm now 57 so that's a long time. You would think I would be able to deal with them by now and in most cases I do. I don't do well in crowded places, especially enclosed spaces. My panic attacks makes my throat constrict and I can't swallow. I haven't been able to eat in a restaurant in 30 years. I'm taking paxil and sometimes it helps but not always. I do better if I'm standing up than sitting down. And if I'm outside and standing I have no problem. Weird huh.

hellsbelles hellsbelles
56-60, F
3 Responses Feb 8, 2009

I'm so sorry to hear that you have not been helped! I had Panic Attacks w/Depression from the time I was 13 until I was in my 30's! (My WHOLE family takes Meds for them) So, I REALLY understand! (My son refuses Meds-is 20 and has Social phobias-like you-about eating in Public. He is NOW addicted to DRINKING to handle his fears) I take Prozac w/Klonapin and have done so for 20 yrs, now. I found an MD who ALSO had this problem. Once he put me on these Meds-NO MORE PANIC-EVER! I could not drive my car, go on trips, etc. I can't tell you how many times I got "dizzy" from Panic, passed out, and was in the ER. Paxil, I tried and made me WORSE. You HAVE to find the anti-depressant that works for you. THAT is the KEY Med to STOPPING these feelings, forever! I feel for you! See an MD who SPECIALIZES in this dis-order. It WILL change your life. Best Wishes and Prayers.

Yes, if I were you I'd see about trying some new medication, and maybe some counseling too. This fear has ruled your life for long enough now!

it seems you also have social phobia too. I was like that for along time ago and medicines helped. I took my medicines all day and it helpd. it took about 1,5 years to heal then i was ok. and now i have panic attacks too :) but not so bad like that. im under medication and also meditate and practise yoga. breathe exercises always help. try to find positive thoughts and breathe right. Try yogic breathe, inhale by belly first then keep on inhale to lungs then exhale by belly first then exhale lungs till all empty :) i wish everything will be ok for you soon. Hugs...