Well, the stomach is very sensitive to emotions. At least that's what I've always heard (from doctors, my mom, and other wise people). I have a hiatal hernia that causes my reflux. It's gotten 90 percent better since I started taking Klonopin, in spite of the fact that I smoke at least a half pack per day. If I'd stop smoking I might could stop Prevacid and control the rest with diet and Maalox. I actually tried to quit Prevacid not long ago, but it soon became apparent that I still need it.
Basically, lots of people have acid reflux to one degree or another. If an anxiety sufferer has it, the anxiety definitely makes it worse. And I think it's possible that if someone has a bad enough case of GERD, they could probably even develop an anxiety disorder from it. GERD (the way I experience it) is such a weird disease with so many crazy symptoms that I could see it really getting into a person's head. It keeps you guessing a lot, and if it's not just simple heartburn then after a while it becomes difficult to believe that something worse isn't going on.
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Post Edited (debaser) : 5/8/2007 4:27:50 PM (GMT-6)