I know what it's like. I am a silent sufferer. Like you, I am extremely self conscious and aware. I always seem to notice when people do this. Rubbing the corners of their mouth, drinking water vigorously, putting chapstick on.
To make matters worse, I am in a high profile position.
My mouth is glued shut most of the time. I drink almost 3 litres of water a day and it doesn't help. I use really good chapstick and it does nothing, they just get sticky.
Sometimes when I am speaking to people, and i'm left without water, I can be in big trouble and start to really lose it because my mouth gets so dry and my lips stick together like crazy.
Honestly, I don't even know what to do as I have tried a different diet; albeit not very self-disciplined, and gone to my doctor numerous times. Everytime I go, my Doctor tells me it is purely mental, and that I have anxiety. Well, if that is the case then what about all of the other symptoms I am experiencing? Are those not legimate?
This is the first time I have posted here, and I have been here many times searching for anything to get me back to where I once was.
I've been fighting the mental war really as best as I can.
I know that there is more to it than that.
I constantly have to exfoliate or else my lips will grow excessive skin. I try not to, but chew my lips often. The inside of my mouth on both sides where my teeth are grows lots of skin and it keeps getting larger on the inside of my mouth. My saliva is extremely gluey and seems to build up so quickly yet have such a dry tongue. Elsewhere on my body I have very thick skin and some very dry and itchy places, mainly on my hands, that won't ever stop itching and it is getting worse.
Any ideas? I'm sorry to go on but this is almost getting to be unbearable.
Thank you and good luck to all.