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Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:23:33 PM »
today i've been having this weird feeling of the back of my throat and tongue feeling dry and it helps when i drink water, i do feel thirsty but not that much tbh. my urine has been clear the whole day so it cant be dehydration can it? i only noticed this symptom after i got anxious today, there's no frequent urination though. i've had this silly obsession with kidney disease which is unheard of at my age, maybe its just my head?
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Re: Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 12:49:04 AM »
anxiety can absolutely cause mouth and throat dryness. a quick story for you: when i first started having severe panic attacks, i was attending group therapy and had to ride a bus back from therapy at the end of the day. the bus ride was almost an entire hour long. on one particularly bad ride, i remember feeling as though my mouth and throat were completely parched. no matter how much water i sipped, my mouth and throat would be dry again within seconds. it felt like i couldn't produce any saliva at all, like i hadn't drank anything in days. but the moment i got off the bus and got home, the dryness went away. ever since i came to terms with it being a part of anxiety, that symptom has never come back. so, speaking from experience here, i'm very sure that your own dry feeling is coming from your anxiety and nothing else. :)
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Re: Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 12:52:19 AM »
Sounds like reflux, flared up by anxiety. I've battled it myself for a while, and if you search around it's pretty common on this forum.
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Re: Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 01:31:16 AM »
anxiety can absolutely cause mouth and throat dryness. a quick story for you: when i first started having severe panic attacks, i was attending group therapy and had to ride a bus back from therapy at the end of the day. the bus ride was almost an entire hour long. on one particularly bad ride, i remember feeling as though my mouth and throat were completely parched. no matter how much water i sipped, my mouth and throat would be dry again within seconds. it felt like i couldn't produce any saliva at all, like i hadn't drank anything in days. but the moment i got off the bus and got home, the dryness went away. ever since i came to terms with it being a part of anxiety, that symptom has never come back. so, speaking from experience here, i'm very sure that your own dry feeling is coming from your anxiety and nothing else. :)


I really hope its just anxiety, the feeling wont go away and gets worse when i think about it, its been happening all day but its just been today, hopefully tomorrow its gone. Being a Hypochondriac, the slightest unusual feelings send me into a panic, it doesnt help that my urine has been bubbly the past week :/ i mean i had full blood work done a month ago, if something was wrong wouldnt it have showed up then?
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Re: Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 01:57:04 AM »
Sounds like reflux, flared up by anxiety. I've battled it myself for a while, and if you search around it's pretty common on this forum.

I keep hearing this reflux word flung around.


What exactly is it and how does it correlate with anxiety?


I think of reflux when you eat high acid food and you have stomach acid or heartburn... especially bouncing back up into the esophagus.
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Re: Can anxiety cause dry mouth and thirst?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2014, 02:29:39 AM »
Without any medical training, I can't say for sure how anxiety affects your stomach, but there's a definite trend here and I firmly believe it does. tater, your description of reflux is what happens to me right before an anxiety attack. I feel my stomach start to turn, the acid (vapor) comes up my throat, etc.

Naturally were all wired differently, so what affects me may not affect others, and vice versa.
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