Can anxiety be the culprit...I'm very skeptical

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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've posted on the GERD forum a few times bc that is what I feel my issues are...but my Gastro doc seems to think it's all anxiety based...that I've triggered something.
I will make my story as brief as possible.  Last year I developed h-pylori.  At the same time several people quite close in my life were diagnosed with cancer and I became obsessed with the fact that I was going to die.  I basically could not eat properly for 6 months due to severe anxiety and throat and chest issues.  I have had many, many tests for gastro stuff (endosocpy, manometry test, ct scan, ultra sound) and everything comes back ok.
I have been taking taking nexium (40mg) per day since May 2008 and still have weird feelings in my chest in throat (constantly...don't stop unless I'm asleep.
Does this sound like something that a severe case of anxiety could cause?
Any replies would be appreciated!! 

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   Posted 10/23/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Eugenia,

I'm not very familiar with GERD, but I do have IBS and I and my doctors think that 90% of my sx are caused by anxiety. I was dianosed with severe panic/anxiety disorder 17 years ago, and about five years later my stomach went crazy..I've had all the tests and I am I can think of no other reason why. Your digestive system is part of your nervous system so it goes to show that stress and anxiety could cause GI upset. If this is the case for you, then maybe taking some steps in reducing your anxiety could help. I would investigate this further with you doctor. Let us know what you find out please, Id be interested to know,

Thanks, Meg

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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Eugenia, the reason I'm replying is because my husband was treated for h. pylori last January.  Up until that time he said he was having "unsettled" feelings and nervousness along with his severe acid stomach.  I guess I'd say that sometimes he was just not patient with any of us but he never communicated any of how he was feeling to me.  In any case, after the standard treatment to get rid of the h. pylori bacteria, he said he's been relieved as if a burden was taken off his shoulders.  My question to you is did you have the three-step treatment (and there's a 4-step, too) with the 2 antibiotics to get rid of the h. pylori?  I wondering if it's still there and maybe causing these feelings compounded by other issues going on in your life.  After my husband's treatment, he was retested for the bacteria with a breath test which was negative and he doesn't have to take the antacids anymore.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   


My anxiety episodes did cause me to have constant chest and throat issues.  I too thought I had cancer, because a coworkers brother was diagnosed with cancer and in my twisted mind I made all of my chest and throat symptoms match his.  I mean is this health anxiety or what!! A coworkers brother for goodness sake?  Well, I went and got all of the tests done and of course all was well.  Just knowing that, the symptoms disappeared.  Well, they disappeared after I convinced myself to believe the test results LOL  Believe the doctors diagnosis and go from there.  If it is anxiety, take the necessary steps to keep that in check.  For me, if I don't keep my anxiety at bay my cleared symptoms just take on another form of some "imaginary disease".


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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Eugenia,

Yes anxiety may cause physical sx especially if you have health anxiety.  We always have a tendency to think the worse and when someone else  gets dx with a serious dx we start to worry that we may have been misdiagnosised.

Were you retested after you completed after your treatment for h. pylori?  If not you should request a retest to put your mind at ease.

Take care and know we are here for you.

Gentle Hugs



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