I am brand new in this forum and I am here to hopefully get some good input regarding my dilemma.
I have had GERD for about 5 years now. I was diagnosed with mild inflammation on two different occasions. I take Nexium with pretty good results. I do have to be careful to stay away from fried foods, citric acid things, etc.
When I have what I call a "Flare-up" - I then go into a major panic attack. I can't eat much of anything without suffering major discomfort, e.g. thick in the throat, acid reflux, nausea, etc. To be noted, it seems I can go a long time without a flare-up. But, I usually experience a flare-up after a major negative event has taken place. For instance. I have been fine for some time now. With that said, I have been the primary caregiver of my very ill mom for 5 years (I got GERD 6 months after she came to live with us). Even though the last 5 years have been the most difficult years of my life, I have managed to take very good care of my mom. Well, she passed away a few weeks ago. I new she was dying and still I felt okay GERD wise.
I came back to work a week later. Two days after returning to work, my co-worker friend who sits next to me told me she had just been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which had matastisized to her liver. I felt so bad for her that I started to cry. It made me sick inside. Plus, I new I had nothing left to give her emotionally having just buried my mom. I haven't been the same since she told me this. Two days later I have the biggest flare-up of my GERD that you can imagine.
I believe my recent flare-up is the result of my mom's death (we were very close) and the info this woman share about her recent diagnosis. I feel like I'm going to have the same diagnosis as this women, because I have GERD.
I feel like a basket case. I went to my gastro doc and he said to take my Nexium twice a day among other things I already know. The only thing that seems to help me is 0.5 mg. of Ativan that I have for occasional use (menopausal moments :)!
My flare-up began one week after my mom's death and the other woman's chat with me about her condition. It has been two and half weeks since then and I still suffer and I am full of anxiety over it.
Has anyone every connected the anxiety issues with the GERD?
I just need some encouragement and don't know where to find it.
Thanks to you and God Bless!