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Old 01-08-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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So whenever I see or hear someone swallow it almost immediately triggers the response in me, I have to swallow. Swallowing is especially annoying and creates anxiety when you're in a quiet room or close with someone and you KNOW they can hear it, and once you do it once and realize it, you become self concious and can't stop because it's on your mind. The last 2 days I have been swallowing almost constantly!

I find that even when I don't think about it I can feel the excess buildup of saliva in my mouth and I can't just FORCE myself to not swallow. I feel like I'm going to drown if I don't swallow it, so I keep swallowing and I think it is getting worse.

I did a quick search online for answers, I didn't find much, but I did find some people have far more severe conditions of this. The only thing I found and have been trying to far is to spit out the excess saliva, so I have a bottle, (I know, it's gross) that I spit into.

If anyone knows a cure or a way to cope with and forget about this it would be much appreciated!
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Do you have a cold with some post nasal drip, that's suddenly making you feel like you have more saliva? Otherwise, this sounds like a stress or anxiety issue.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Do you have a cold with some post nasal drip, that's suddenly making you feel like you have more saliva? Otherwise, this sounds like a stress or anxiety issue.
I thought I was on the cusp of getting sick a few days ago, my throat became dry a few times, but I've never actually gotten the cold as of late, just stuck with this annoying habit. I'm not stressed or nervous about anything. I just swallow when I see or hear someone else do it, because it makes me think of it and I can't help myself but to swallow, it then turns into a cycle where I can't take my mind off of it. Eventually I will stop thinking about it and it goes away, but this time it has lasted MUCH longer. Two days now and not really letting up. I'm hoping in the morning it will be gone and I just won't have those thoughts pop up anymore, but getting to sleep tonight may be difficult due to this.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:38 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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I have this annoying habit of swallowing all the time. I know that it bothers others, but I'm not sure what to do to stop it.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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That's why it sounds more like anxiety than like an actual issue of having too much saliva. I don't think most people usually hear other people swallowing, or pay too much attention to it. I never hear people swallowing, unless they're chugging a drink really fast. I even asked my husband just now and he said he never hears anyone swallow, he said he might notice someone's adam's apple moving but only if he was really paying attention.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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That's why it sounds more like anxiety than like an actual issue of having too much saliva. I don't think most people usually hear other people swallowing, or pay too much attention to it. I never hear people swallowing, unless they're chugging a drink really fast. I even asked my husband just now and he said he never hears anyone swallow, he said he might notice someone's adam's apple moving but only if he was really paying attention.
Well I can clarify how I think it all began.

My new girlfriend and I have recently started sleeping in the same bed. When laying that close to someone else and trying to go to sleep you can hear every move they make and everything they do, so when she swallows...I hear it, and it causes me to swallow. Now that I'm conscious of it and I know she can hear me it's stuck on my mind and I can't stop swallowing. Somehow that carried over to the next day and it grew worse and even when I was by myself I couldn't help but swallow or feel my mouth begin to fill up with saliva.

Whether it's an infection in my mouth, some problem with the gland that regulates saliva, or an anxiety issue, I'm not sure what to do.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: earth?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Well I can clarify how I think it all began.

My new girlfriend and I have recently started sleeping in the same bed. When laying that close to someone else and trying to go to sleep you can hear every move they make and everything they do, so when she swallows...I hear it, and it causes me to swallow. Now that I'm conscious of it and I know she can hear me it's stuck on my mind and I can't stop swallowing. Somehow that carried over to the next day and it grew worse and even when I was by myself I couldn't help but swallow or feel my mouth begin to fill up with saliva.

Whether it's an infection in my mouth, some problem with the gland that regulates saliva, or an anxiety issue, I'm not sure what to do.


I think the source of your problem is spelled out in this post. Your sleeping arrangement is effecting you in a negative way.....you need to fix this problem to fix the swallowing problem.

I advise separate bedrooms. If this is not possible, separate sleeping areas.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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Well I can clarify how I think it all began.

My new girlfriend and I have recently started sleeping in the same bed. When laying that close to someone else and trying to go to sleep you can hear every move they make and everything they do, so when she swallows...I hear it, and it causes me to swallow. Now that I'm conscious of it and I know she can hear me it's stuck on my mind and I can't stop swallowing. Somehow that carried over to the next day and it grew worse and even when I was by myself I couldn't help but swallow or feel my mouth begin to fill up with saliva.

Whether it's an infection in my mouth, some problem with the gland that regulates saliva, or an anxiety issue, I'm not sure what to do.
yes i have the same problem constant swallowing , feel like i have to much saliva , started spitting alot . i try to stop swallowing but now i have pain in my jaw i think its because im tensing my jaw muscle, its even worse when im around people cant stop thinking about it , it drives me nuts!! maybe it is an anxiety thing but ive never had anxiety problems in the past or maybe it is stress i have been feeling a little stressed recently due to family problems, the symptons are reduced if i drink water or chew gum, i had this problem before lasted bout 7 months then i got ear problem which made me forget about swallowing problem and it just went away but now my ear problem is better and so the swallowing excess saliva seems to have returned i just dont want it to to bother me as long as it did before
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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OP you say you're not under any stress, but even positive changes can be stressful. You and your girlfriend just moved in together - if that's not a big life change I don't know what is.

I think your new habit is anxiety driven. It's a symptom, not a cause. You have to treat the cause to fix the symptom.
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