Friday, July 1, 2016
Anxiety and Stress Disorders
Flutter in throat only
The last two weeks I have been having flutters in my throat at random times. Such as when I am getting ready for work or cooking dinner. They do not hurt, they almost feel like an extra heartbeat. However, when I take my pulse during these flutters, it seems normal. At first I could ignore them and they would soon disappear. Now, with my anxiety about they continue until I take an Ativan to relax. They will continue for hours if I don`t take a pill - it is strange. No other anxiety symptoms accompany these flutters. The only prescription I take is Vitamin D once a week, 50,000 units. But my first flutter began before I started this medicine. Does this sound anxiety related? Even though I am calm when they occur. Or could it be a spasm in the throat/esophogus? Possibly muscle related? I want to rule out heart issues and know I should go to my primary care doctor soon. I just want to ease my worries before I get my appt with her. Thank you for your input.
I cannot diagnose this, or any specific problem, over the internet. Since you have been prescribed Ativan, a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication, I am assuming that you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can produce many different types of physical symptoms. And excess worry about symptoms is a common symptom of anxiety disorder!
Do follow up with your primary care physician. If you do not also have a mental health counselor or therapist, you may want to consider having one. There are many excellent non-drug techniques that can be used to help decrease anxiety and anxiety related symptoms which might prove beneficial for you in the long run.
Nancy Elder, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati