Why Does Anxiety Make My Throat Tight?

Stress or anxiety may cause some people to feel tightness in the throat, or feel as if something is stuck in the throat.

This sensation is called globus sensation and is unrelated to eating.

However, there may be some underlying cause.

Problems that involve the esophagus often cause swallowing problems.

Why does my throat feel tight?

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a condition that happens when the band of muscles between your esophagus and stomach doesn’t tighten properly. GERD can feel like your throat is tight, or like you have a lump or food stuck in your throat. You might have trouble swallowing.

How do you relax the muscles in your throat?

Exercise to Release Throat Tension

  • Put your finger across your throat at the top of your “Adams Apple” and swallow.
  • Notice the upward motion of the “Adams Apple”.
  • Now keeping your finger at the top of your “Adams Apple” relax and begin a yawn.
  • Notice the downward motion of the “Adams Apple.”

How does anxiety affect the throat?

Dry Throat

Stress and anxiety produce excess acid in your stomach, and if the acid backs up into your throat it irritates the delicate tissues there, making your throat feel dry. When you’re anxious, your body releases adrenaline into your system.

Will globus sensation go away?

No single treatment will cure all cases of globus sensation. If the underlying cause is a physical problem, such as GERD, the feeling of a lump in the throat will be reduced or go away once the cause is treated. However, not all methods work for all people and symptoms may persist even after treatment.