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vincegerd
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   Posted 2/16/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I tend to experience GERD symptoms when I get stressed. I have a really busy schedule right now with full time work and full time school and I can't do much to change it until the semester ends. I was doing fine for the first few weeks, but the stress got to me last week and the GERD has been straight hell for me. My stomach hurts every morning and after I eat, it is painful to swallow food or drink, and I am constantly wheezing and coughing to the point of almost gagging at times. My tongue is also sore as if I ate a lot of sour candy or something. Is this common?

I have some Protonix that helped before, so I just started taking that.

Any other OTC meds that may work better? I need some quick relief.

marthamae
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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I just bumped our thread on "ways to minimize GERD symptoms". I hope something in there helps you.

You might also see my thread on the vinegar drink. It sure helped me. Good luck to you and keep reading here. There's lots of good advice and support.

Have you thought about learning breathing techniques to minimize stress? Even something simple as ..."a deep breath in...hold it for a count of four....and let it out for a count of four...repeat" will do wonders.

vincegerd
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. The stress kind of builds up in me rather than anything short term stressing me out.

Is there anything to prevent the feeling of needing to throw up? I typically feel okay in the mornings, but it goes downhill from there. Past 4-5pm I'm unable to eat. If I do, I feel like I need to throw up for the following 2-3 hours. I cough until I start gagging, but I'm never able to get the food back up.

marthamae
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have that much stress, I'd probably see a professional. You may need some meds or a lifestyle change to settle things down.

It's not all bad to stop eating after 4 or 5pm. That's sort of recommended as a GERD reliever. Maybe just a small snack at night (some crackers, etc.) would be a good idea.

To eliminate the "needing to throw up" feeling, I would suggest eating smaller meals and being careful of what you eat. Slow down on the fats and try different foods to see what stays down the easiest. If everything makes you cough and gag, I'd definitely check with your doc so he/she can advise you.
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