Tightness in my throat. Difficulty swallowing. Lying down is scary. No pain, but it's scary. At times, feels like drowning. I have a minor heart condition, a damaged valve, for which I take Losartan. I've been on various iterations of BP meds for about five years now. For the most part, no problems. From time to time, difficulty breathing, but I think it's mostly poor air quality that sets it off. Nothing like this. This is a tightness, a thickness. Swallowing feels unnatural -- almost like something I might need to learn how to do again. Last night went to sleep and actually worried I might not wake up. Sometimes can't catch my breath, and a few heart flutters, but I think both of these things might just be me freaking myself out more than anything. This has been going on for about a week, and has gotten bad in the last couple of days. I am normally an anxious person to some degree, but am starting a new job next week. I didn't think I was nervous about it, but maybe I'm not being objective. Suspicion: some combination of respiratory infection/acid reflux/anxiety? I could go to my GP, but I suspect that she'll send me to an ENT to be scoped and/or up to my cardiologist, where I am probably due for an annual. But I don't think it's my heart. It almost feels like some bizarro allergic reaction. I took some expectorant pills for a few days, convinced it was mucus, but there's been no mucus movement at all... or if mucus is the problem, it isn't budging. Years ago, before my valve damage was diagnosed, but I was having some trouble at night, I was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. I was also told, at some point in high school when I was running track, that I might have exercise-induced asthma
... although I think that was incorrect. Again, I nearly always feel good, and can nearly always breathe extremely well, even given the fact that I'm a somewhat anxious person -- so something else is going on. I'm a 36-year-old female, 6 ft. tall, about 160 lbs., out of shape (though summer biking usually solves that), not a wonderful diet. I take Losartan, birth control, low-dose aspirin, vitamins sometimes, cold medicine sometimes, ibuprofen sometimes. I've also had trouble sleeping over the last month or so, and have been taking doxylamine succinate (25 mg) as a sleep aid. I probably drink too much. Thoughts?