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The way I used to experience anxiety was that I would have this general sense of unease/anxiousness/nervousness coursing through my body with the occasional tight/lump in throat.

Over time, this general unease/anxiousness/nervousness has suddenly gone. I guess it must have been as a result of acceptance and de-sensitization HOWEVER...

What I am now experiencing is this the tight/lump in throat feeling far more often AND this heavy 'energy'/'pressure' feeling that feels like it is sitting on my upper chest. 

I am absolutely afraid of both of these symptoms as I have not experienced them before and they make me feel as if I am going to suffocate/choke to death. 

I know that sounds far fetched but for I am finding it MUCH harder to put down to 'just anxiety' based on the fact I am not feeling that typical unease/anxiousness/nervousness in my body when these symptoms happen.

I've had these symptoms for about a week now, last night I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I was being choked but somehow I managed to go back to sleep and wake up alive... I was genuinely quite surprised at that so you can imagine my belief set at the moment.

Can anyone please help me? Thanks so much in advance.

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Haven't gone thru what you have, but I would say these physical symptoms are still related to anxiety.  Remnants of what your body has gone thru with anxiety.  I haven't had the heavy pressure in my chest, but I have had a wet/cold sensation in my chest from anxiety.   I haven't had the suffocating feeling but have had the sensation where I feel I can't catch my breath as I am falling asleep.   


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Yes. When you're in the anxiety state, that is your nervous system is sensitized and more prone to firing off anxiety response symptoms, you absolutely don't have to have anxiety triggered to feel a symptom. Some would say these feelings remain because you have assigned them as a fear, and something for your body to fight or flee from. So it brings forth that assigned fear. Again, anxiety knows no difference between an external threat and a perceived internal threat. It's all about how YOU assign your fears judged on your surroundings.
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