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I am 67, and all through my life since my teens, I have had

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I am 67, and all through my life since my teens, I have had periods of stress, anxiety and panic attacks. I have taken various antidepressants. At the present time taking Sertraline! Since the beginning of 2014 I have been experiencing a feeling of a big lump in my diaphragm. My doctor says this is stress! I also have a sensation in my throat, along with pressure and trembling In my head with aching teeth. I feel it is related to my nervous system but I need need it to stop now. Do you have any ideas please.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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severe anxiety can cause you to have a lump in you throat sensation and chest pains and shortness of breath.

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your lump in your diaphram could be from excessive stomach acid in your stomach which anxiety can worsen as well.

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you might need to take a stomach acid reducer like zantac or malox or mylanta

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to help decrease stomach acid which could help.

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you might need additional anxiety medications like klonopin or valium to take along with your sertraline to help decrease anxiety symptoms.

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have you taken klonopin or valium before?

JACUSTOMER-32qtf4as- :

No.

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I would talk to your doctor about these medication options

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and try stomach acid blockers

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have you tried stomach acid blockers like zantac or prilosec or myalox or mylanta before?

JACUSTOMER-32qtf4as- :

Yes

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have they helped before?

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I would try malox or mylanta now and see if that helps your lump in your diaphram symptom.

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and talk to your doctor about additional medications like valium or klonopin to use along with your sertraline to help decrease anxiety for you.

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does this help?

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do you have any other questions?

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if you are grinding your teeth at night time or during the day with anxiety, this can cause aching teeth.

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you might need a bite guard at night to decrease teeth grinding to help.

JACUSTOMER-32qtf4as- :

Sort of, but have done this all before, what is causing my stress etc. Thats what I would like to know and get away from drugs?

Dr. David :

we don't know why some patients have excessive anxiety and other patients don't have excessive anxiety.

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modern medicine has not been able to find the "cause" for excessive anxiety disorder yet.

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so for now, continued treatments to decrease anxiety symptoms is the only thing we have.

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I wish we could take away these panic attacks and symptoms of excessive anxiety forever and find a cure.

JACUSTOMER-32qtf4as- :

Ok thank you & good night.

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