I went thorough a similar problem 9 years ago with the lump
in the throat
and anxiety. I also had a stricture in my Esophagus just 3 years ago that had to be stretched and for me,there was a definite difference between the two and how they felt. With the stricture, I was having bad Acid reflux, to the point that it caused the Esophagus to scar up and it actually was narrowing. When I would eat or drink, it felt like the food just moved so slowly down my throat, especially cold drinks.