When I wake up and do stuff its not so bad..it isn't the worst throat I've had, not even close.
I have acid reflux right now and my anxiety causes me to force myself to cough (Idk .why)
Does it.make sense that's what's causing it? I have two swollen lymph nodes doctors checked out that I'm worried about...
It hurts when I swallow sometimes on the sides symptoms down the middle
Marie, if it´s any consolation; I´ve had swollen lymph nodes in my throat since I was like 14-15 yrs old, and I´m not dead yet. Lymph nodes can be constantly swollen for no reason, as well as you already know, reacting to common colds. What are you afraid you might have?
I´m by no means a doctor, but I can tell you that lymph nodes in general is not very diagnosticaly important (neither is a sore throat). Your self-testing and checking is causing you to tense every muscle in the area your checking, and believe me that will cause a myriad of symptoms (all benign and only related to anxiety I might add).
Your anxiety is driving you to check and re-check over and over again, that wears on the body. Try, I mean really really try, to stop yourself from doing this and I can guarantee you that your symptoms will fade quite quickly.
Your sore throat is a direct consequence of either (a) your own actions or (b) a common cold. Neither is deadly, but the former is indeed dtrimental to your health in the long run. You have to break free from this compulsion, and in my honest opinion I think you´d react well to SSRI:S and CBT. Maybe you´ll even have more use of CBT than the SSRI:s, but the latter can atleast help you in the beginning to break the cycle=)