Thank you for your post. I have evidence that eliminating stress may alleviate GERD. I have daily LPR, despite taking PPI's. In March, '08, I was scheduled for the esophyx procedure. Two weeks prior to the procedure, my husband and I went on a short vacation. I had absolutely no LPR while we were on vacation, despite my drinking coffee daily and eating "trigger" foods like tomato sauce. Two days after I came home from vacation, the LPR symptoms started up again. I went ahead with the esophyx procedure, and unfortunately, it did not relieve my symptoms (I had the procedure 8 weeks ago). Interestingly, there appears to be an anatomical reason for my LPR, since my surgeon told me that my valve was "flat" and therefore, not functioning normally. He said that he recreated my valve, using the esophyx device, but obviously, it didnt help me. I am surprised that I felt well on vacation, given my defective LES valve. I can only conclude that stress is a major contributor to my symptoms. I have a great deal of anxiety, due to numerous health problems in my immediate family.
Can you possibly be more specific about what type of mental excercises one can perform to get into a relaxed state of mind? Is there a particular website I can check out or CD that I can purchase?