Re: is my anxiety causing my excess saliva?
Well, if it makes you feel any better, I have experienced the exact same symptoms. The very first time it happened, I was in high school and was moving from one state to another. I guess I was under a lot of stress, which triggered anxiety in me. I was also moving in with my mom, step-father and grandmother and totally changing my living situation, school, etc. I started having a lot more saliva and feeling like I needed to swallow all the time. I remember it going away probably about the time I graduated and I remember it going away on its own. My mom had taken me to the general M.D. for the excess saliva, but he couldn't find anything. I probably needed my anxiety treated, but who knew what it was that I was experiencing? Anyway, I pretty much was free of the problem for about 26 years and then it came back under stress again in 2006. I was thinking I might even have what they call OCD - obsessive-compulsive disorder, because in a book I read a misc. symptom is the fear of swallowing too much or much little. It can even happen with people's breathing and blinking. I've had the blinking thing before and the breathing thing and then it went away. I also think I've had other little signs of OCD along the way, but anyway, I definitely think it is anxiety-related. OCD is also an anxiety disorder. I've tried some biofeedback, which helped with generalized anxiety, but the swallowing/saliva thing isn't totally gone. I'm starting with a new counselor who specializes in OCD, even though she isn't labeling me with such. If I chew gum, I can make it go away. I also do have acid reflux - hot stomach, belching, have had the mucous and coughing before and can definitely feel the acid come up the throat. What sustains me is my faith in God and knowing that this problem went away before. God heals. : ) My prayers are with you. If it makes you feel any better, my first therapist said that it was anxiety manifesting itself into physical symptoms. Do you find if you relax and stop thinking about it that it goes away or gets better?
P.S.) Do you also find that you are anxious in social settings? I never was until this last episode, but find myself wanting to socialize less and less.