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Neck tension, hoarse voice

does anyone else get neck/jaw tensions with their anxiety? I almost feel like I'm clenching my jaw and the bit underneath is tight and also the tendons/muscles that run down either side. Its been happening since I started getting anxious and stressed recently. I have also had a hoarse voice on and off for a few months but it only lasts for a day or so then reappears after a few weeks. I cant help but wonder if the tension could be causing it or at least making it worse. I heard tension in your neck can put strain on your vocal cords.

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Hi gemp54, I tend to also have neck/jaw tension with my anxiety. I don't grind my teeth but to clench my jaw, so much so, that lately under my jaw starts to quiver at times. I do have the hoarse voice because of tension as well as dryness. So I guess you are not alone with this one. I'm sure others can relate. What do you do to relieve the tension in your jaw and neck?


well its fairly new to me so I'm still trying to find something to work. I'm trying to massage my neck and jaw which seems to help for a bit but as soon as I stop the tension snaps back again! I only really just realised how much tension I have in that area and also that it might be related to my hoarse voice. I have a night out Friday and by the time I got back my voice was sore. Its been getting a bit better and it was hardly hoarse at all this morning but after half hour of getting uptight with the kids (2years and 4 years-neither were co-operating!) its coming back and I can feel the tension again. I don't know if you have the same but when I'm stressed I also find I kind of over swallow. Like I'm taking a big gulp but of nothing. I don't know if this combined with the tension is aggravating my throat. Xx


I clench my teeth all the time and I don't even realize it. It causes me to get a lot of cavities I also grind them. It does help to get a mouth guard you can get one at any sporting goods store it really helps :)


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