sore throat caused by anxiety?
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Every symptom you describe is personally familiar to me -every damn one. I experienced the sore throat more as a sort of "speaker's throat" then some kind of wicked infection, but it was plenty painful. What I think I think is that at night we go into teeth grinding mode, do a lot of muscle flexing, furrowing our brow -all the nervous **** we so know and love. I had no clue about the teeth grinding until my dentists noticed how much enamal I had sawed off. And that means jaw action -and that measn -well, you know what it means. And I still have some of that today. If I'm under a lot of stress, my mate reports that I get pretty wacky at night; talking, grinding teeth, throwing the cat out the window, etc.
I'm not going to tell you not to worry, because that's why we're here -we'd rather not worry, thank you very much. But some of the worry is reduced because we know what we are going through is shared by others. All that said, if you've got a sore throat going on for more than a week -maybe its a good idea to get it checked.
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