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There is a lot of conflict on whether anxiety causes GERD which is a physicial illness. On this topic I would say that anxiety can cause many physical symptoms and it certainly may cause a flare up of GERD.
I have Gerd but I do not feel it gets any better or worse with my anxiety. I have to be careful what I eat before bedtime and I take my Prilosec twice a day with good results.
So IMO it certainly depends upon the individual person.
Your physician is the best person to talk with if you are having a acute episode.
lots of info re GERD and acid reflux on the net
yes it often goes with anxiety and panic attacks
if you get GERD when asleep, avoid late night snacks, some say it helps to raise the head of the bed so you sleep on a slope
Thank you all for your recent input. I too have studied the disease of GERD and have developed a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
My biggest issue is determining how much anxiety plays into the GERD. I am almost convinced, at least in my case, that a major stressor will precede a huge flare-up of my GERD. Sometimes, just hearing other people share their stories of anxiety and GERD together helps me a lot.
I do agree that when I begin to feel the burn or thickening in my throat, I start to panic. I am so afraid of developing a catastrophic condition as the result. I have always deal with health anxiety and I hate that about myself. I am an intelligent woman and this is a weakness of mine. I'm always thinking I'm going to die.
Anyway, I love hearing from you. Thanks much!
Hello, first off I am very sorry to hear about your mother and coworker. My grandmother passed away in August of Esophageal cancer, it's not very pretty. But anyways, I have had GERD for about 2 years and the pass two months I have been going thru lots of anxiety and depression and as you know that makes reflux 10 times worse. My reflux is the silent reflux with occasional heartburn. But anyways since having the anxiety it has been awful even to the point of it getting into my lungs, which sucks, I still cough from it some times. Anyways I went to a holistic doc, after going to a GI and doing all the tests and all were normal. Well the holistic doctor tried to treat it naturally and it just wasn't cutting it. I have mitral valve prolapse syndrome and if you know anything about that sometimes the anxiety is horrible. So I asked for ativan and tried it for a week I felt so good, I could even eat normally without the feeling of food getting stuck and everything else. But I stopped it cuz you know how they say it is so addictive. Well I went back to my doc yesterday and he said if I felt good on the ativan then to stay on the ativan. So now I am taking .5 mg 3 times a day. He told me to just take it and don't worry about getting hooked on it, because we can gradually wean off of it. And Boy I tell you I feel like a normal person on it. I ate at hardees today and no indigestion and no reflux, a little coughing but that was it. Another thing that might help you is HCL tablets and digestive enzymes. In most cases acid reflux is caused by too little acid, not too much. I would stay away from that nexium unless you feel it is really helping you and you have too much acid, which might be the case. But in your case I think the ativan will tremendously help. I've had to take it before for panic attacks about 3 years ago and it saved my life basically. Well hope this has helped. If you have any questions let me know.
I too have the Ativan and it makes all the difference in the world. I have it on hand all the time, but only take it occasionally with no adverse side effects. Yesterday was my first GERD symptom-free day in 19 days. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to heal from a major flare-up. I think the Ativan works wonders for me. I usually can only take it twice a day and that works for me. I did start taking the Nexium twice a day a couple of days ago per my doc, by he said just for a short time. My girlfriend is always talking to me about enzymes. I told her to give me some info on them. If you have any, please let me know.
Anyway, thanks for your input and thanks to each one of you who commented. I take all input into consideration!
God Bless You All!
Hello, I am Kitt............Welcome to HealingWell.
I am sorry you are having trouble with the Gerd but if you found something that works for you and your doctor agrees to continue it, I would have to say your on the right track.
There are so many people here with lots of wonderful advice and support that you will find you soon feel like an oldtime member of this forum.
Again a very warm welcome to you.