Fear of choking

by Sarah
(West sussex)

For the whole of my life I can remember having difficulties swallowing food when I'm going through an anxious time in my life. More recently I have got to the point where I can't eat at all. I can't even swallow my own spit without the fear of choking on it. It is completely ruining my life and I'm losing too much weight too quickly. 24lbs in 6 weeks. I don't have an eating disorder as I make at least 3 meals a day for myself but I don't actually swallow more than 1 or 2 mouthfuls of each of them. I have to spit each mouthful out because the fear of choking on it is so strong.
I sometimes think I'm the only one like this! I just want to be normal again and be able to go out for nice meals with my husband. I have also started to put foods into risk categories, like rice is too dangerous as it's small and hard and can be easily inhaled but yogurt is slightly safer as it's not as likely to slip down my throat. Tea and coffee will not go down at the moment at all as theyre too slippery! This fear of choking is driving me mad, literally! Anyone else got this?

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