I have an extreme phobia of the dentist. As a child I had multiple negative experiences, which lead to adult me's phobia.
Last week I noticed a sore spot on my gums, which lead to a lot of panicking that day, but by the evening I was relaxed again. As the days passed, I kept track of the issue to make sure it wasn't a bigger problem, but gradually it started to feel as if my mouth was getting tighter. It's as if my focus on my mouth is creating unnecessary anxiety. I constantly feel like something is out of place, when in reality nothing is different. My tongue feels slightly swollen, but that might be an anxiety symptom (according to google).
Typically my anxiety is manageable and only manifests itself in small doses, but this time is different. I wake up with severe anxiety and it's lasting all day long. I'm constantly drinking water, but the anxiety is causing dry mouth, which makes me focus on my mouth even more. I've barely eaten in the past 2 days because I'm so nauseous. After a wave of anxiety starts to ebb, I get exhausted and have to nap. Waking up from the nap begins the process all over again.
I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm going crazy and just want to feel "normal" again.