Two years ago I was having a wonderful time at dinner but was fighting a cold and the day before I gargled with salt water to help my sore throat and it dried out the membranes because I used way too much salt. I then briefly choked on a piece of fish. Nobody noticed, I got it down but panicked on the inside. Horrible thoughts went through my head. I imagined myself choking in front of everyone at this beautiful restaurant. After that I had a fear of eating, swallowing. I would only drink protein shakes and going to a restaurant was stressful and I couldn’t eat. I lost 20 pounds, the only good that came out of this but I feared I’d lose more and more. Medication does not help. I’m finally going to therapy. I am slowly getting over this and introduce new foods every so often. I can eat granola bars, beans, yogurt, cheese, fruits and more now but I still can’t eat a meal in a restaurant. I have eaten a dessert so I’m getting a bit better. This has been such a strange experience. I would have never thought this would happen. Meditation and guided hypnotherapy has helped some too. I found out an acquaintance is going through this too but nobody else understands.
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