I would have to agree with GiftOfGod that stress plays a role in heartburn/reflux, it certainly makes it worse. I believe that stress whether emotional or physical creates an imbalance within that causes anxiety, reflux/heartburn and ill health. I'm curious whether other people here can remember back to when they started to feel unwell whether there was a period of stress prior to symptoms developing.
I know that was the case for me, l started feeling unwell about 10 years ago and it started with feeling tired, lost of appetite, trouble sleeping which went on for a while after a long period of stress. Then l started getting stomach pains, was treated for h.pylori but the pain remained, tried antiacids but they didn't really work. Anxiety developed which made the pain worse that create more anxiety, so it was pretty much a vicious cycle. I went on antidepressants for a couple of years trying different ones as my anxiety and depression was bad that l felt like l was losing my mind, l even tried yoga and meditation. 2 years ago l came off antidepressants (the meds felt like they were surpressing the symptoms rather than get rid of them and the side effects were no fun either!) and the pain was worse than before and anixety and other symptoms came back, l was getting a burning feeling in my stomach and esophagus, l tried a few PPIs (nexium, somac, pariet) which helped but the pain remained, had another endoscopy which came back fine, saw an gastroenterologist and endocrinologist but they couldn't tell me what was wrong.
So l started to do my own reseach and try different things. I tried taking Chinese herbal medicine though not very pleasant but l was willing to try anything. It did get rid of the burning feeling in my esophagus but my stomach still felt acidic. Over a period of a year and a half l saw three different herbalist and l think because l was being treated for various symptoms it was a bit up and down but there were improvements. The biggest difference for me came when l started taking vitamins and minerals. Lets just say l didn't expect them to do anything for me because some years back my doc told me to take a multi vitamin which did nothing for me and all l've ever heard about supplements from the media was that they didn't work and were a waste of money. Now I don't get a burning feeling in my esophugus or stomach, my stomach doesn't feel as acidic, l still get some irritation in my stomach, l'm not "cured" yet but l haven't had this relief from the pain in a long time and l suspect that it may be a while before everything goes back to "normal".
I was wondering for those going through stress and anxiety if they are taking any vitamin or mineral supplements?, if not can l suggest that if you are going through a stressful period, that you try taking a vitamin B complex and a multi vitamin. For anxiety I suggest taking a magnesium complex which also helps with stress and tension. These were one of the first supplements l took, I also take others.
Not all brands are the same, some brands may be better than others, so maybe ask someone who knows about supplements, read up on them or see a health care person who can help. Also, don't take too many of the one supplement as they can cause other problems if you take such a big dose in a day and space them out throught the day. Also, if you're taking other medication you may want to talk to your dr first as some supplements may interfere with the meds.