GERD.....Emotional Distress???? Confused

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Butta
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   Posted 6/22/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
 
I wrote before about my stomach situation and my history and was given great advice!
(titled "Gerd!!!I need Help ASAP")  
 
I've been feeling terrible for the past two weeks my past doctors diagnosed me with GERD/ Acid Reflux years ago and I have been dealing with that but more recently I went to a another Doctor and told him my situation and he put me on reflux medication (over the counter pills) and told me to regulate my sleep and eating patterns I also had a blood test done and I fine there. My doctor tells me I have "emotional distress." What I'm not understanding is how emotional distress is leading to me having stomach pains and feelng sick and overall horrible.
 
If anyone knows anything about this would be great because Im not fully understanding how this could be i did look stuff up online but Im still curious
 
Thanks All
A.V

stkitt
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   Posted 6/22/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
If, despite a complete physical workup  and even a visit to a specialist or two, no one can find a reason behind your physical complaints, it may be your body's way of letting you know that your mind is in distress.

Abdominal pain is a nonspecific symptom that may be associated with a multitude of conditions such as anxiety or strong emotions. Some symptoms do not occur within the abdomen itself, but cause abdominal discomfort.
 
The sensation that food is stuck in the throat or upper abdomen. This may be felt high in the neck or lower down, behind the breastbone (sternum). Sometimes emotional distress, such as anxiety, can lead to difficulty swallowing.
 
Anxiety disorder and panic attacks are very common disorders. I would talk with your Dr. and perhaps consider seeing a therapist to help you learn how to reduce your stress level.
 
We also have a great forum here in HealingWell - Anxiety/Panic Forum.  Please feel comfortable joining that forum.  We are here to help.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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dencha
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   Posted 6/22/2011 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Butta,
Welcome to Healing Well! As usual, Kitt has given you excellent information and advice. I hope you feel better soon.
Denise

Butta
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   Posted 6/24/2011 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses

A.V.

mock turtle
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   Posted 6/24/2011 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Butta

you ask how can emotional stress influence gerd"

i dont know how but i have experienced over an over again, that high anxiety prompts an episode of reflux

heres my guess

when the body releases stress related chemicals, such as cortisol and adrenaline
maybe some of the nerves in the vegas system of nerves that control digestive functions
react to the stress hormones in such a way that normal function is disrupted

for example, if as the stomach completes digestion, the pyloric sphincter resists opening , due to stress, and as the stomach contracts instead of digested food getting pushed down into the duodenum, instead the contents of the stomach gets pushed up into the esophagus as the LES is weakened by the same stress response

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 6/25/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Could the stress cause you to produce more stomach acid? Stress can also cause gastritis.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/25/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Our stomach produces acid to digest the food that we eat. This is a regular and natural process. Whenever we eat, cells within the lining of the stomach pump acid to liquefy our sumptuous dinner, from mash potatoes to a slab of steak.

Problem occurs when these cells produce large amount of acid, more than your stomach needs. When this happens, you will suffer from stomach acidity. You would know if you were suffering from stomach acidity if you feel a burning sensation just above the stomach, or right below (the hollow part) your breastbone. This is the most classic sign of acidity. Other people experience acid regurgitation.

Stress and underlying medical conditions are usually the cause of chronic stomach acidity. GERD is a chronic disease that inflicts people with stomach acidity.

Hope this helps answer your question.

Kindly,

Kitt


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