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The feeling of something "crushing" your throat, leading to sensations of choking, isn't just frightening but also a symptom that absolutely deserves to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the cause isn't something that can be identified by someone listening to that fairly generic description on the internet. Anyone experiencing these feelings should seek medical help at the earliest opportunity.

Meanwhile, here are some possible causes of choking and crushing sensations in the throat.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which the thyroid is attacked by the immune system. Symptoms can include weight gain, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, a slower heart rate and depression among many others, however, that identifiable set of symptoms frequently takes many years to become apparent. Goiter, an enlarged thyroid that causes your neck to look swollen, is often one of the early warning signs of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

People who suffer from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis report feelings of choking and throat pain on eating and swallowing often as a result of this.

Globus Sensation

Globus Sensation is a curious medical condition in which patients experience the feeling of a lump in the throat that isn't observable during clinical examination. Though its cause is unknown at present, muscle function, acid reflux, and anxiety can all play a role. Globus Sensation can also be a sign of underlying conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, Gastro-Esophageal Disease (GERD), or even cancer of the esophagus.

Asthma And Allergies

Asthma and allergies are other possible causes of choking sensations within the throat. Wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness will be present in asthma patients while allergies will also often lead to coughing, nasal congestion, and irritated eyes. While it is rare for patients in either of these (often overlapping) categories to notice crushing feelings in the throat without being aware of the other symptoms, asthma and allergies should be investigated when someone experiences suffocating sensations.


Anxiety, too, frequently lead to feelings of choking or a lump in the throat. While being told that "it's all in your head" is beyond frustrating when you are sure that you are dealing with a medical problem, let's remember that anxiety is as much a medical condition as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. In order for you to access the treatment that will alleviate your symptoms, you first need an accurate diagnosis and anxiety should be considered too.

Preparing For Your Appointment

Yes, you are going to need to see a doctor. Frequently experiencing choking sensations in your throat is something you deserve to live without. Making a list of your symptoms, describing them in much detail as you can, will aid your physician. Note when your symptoms are at their worst, what else you experience at that time, and try to figure out whether your choking feeling appears as a result of certain triggers, such as swallowing, or whether it is constantly present.

Should your doctor dismiss your symptoms because nothing physical can (immediately) be found during an initial examination, do seek a second opinion. That sensation isn't coming out of the blue, after all, and you certainly deserve both answers and treatment.

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