depression and gerd and intro

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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
good morning all,
I want to share my Gerd history with you all, it just may help some of you  - I am sure that I am not that unique for this to be only my story.
I have suffered Gerd for 3 years, I have done all of the appropriate actions to decrease the affect, change of diet, bed raised, not eating 3 hours before bed. I was still having bad reflux to the piont that I would wake during the night choking on stomach acid -- not nice..
I have had two gastroscopies (not sure of the spelling but the camera down the throat) the first showed oesphagusitis, and a hiatus hernia and the first thought was to do a funduplation (wrap the stomach around the oesphagus) I have always had a lot of stress in my life, 3 X Add children and now a hubby with servere Rheumatiod Arthrities. 
My doctor, out of the blue, said to me, "I think your depressed" I didnt think I was, ok, so I cried a lot, and in retrospect had some "different thought patterns" certainly not recognised by me as depression. she gave me a script and told me to come back in a month.
Well!!!!!! I have not been woken once by the reflux at night, I have slept on a flat bed, I sleep wonderfully. So she arranged another Gastroscopey which has resulted in mild reflux, and no longer a candidate for surgery. My GP says that I may have had a chemical imbalance in my brain for the past 40 years and may need to remain on Efexum for the rest of my life. Time will tell.
Thanks for listening, just maybe this could work for you too?? who knows, My GP took 3 years to guess that one, and it was a guess because I did non indicate depression at all.
take care

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   Posted 9/19/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and for sharing your story.

I have GERD and Depression.  I take meds for both and I still have GERD. You are very lucky to have your sx of GERD turn out to be caused by stress and depression.

Many people have depression and are surprised when the topic is even brought up by thier Doctor.

I wish you the best and hope your GERD stays at bay.

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   Posted 9/19/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
There are using antidepressants more and more for intestinal problems. I have heard that there is more Seratonin in your stomach than in your head so maybe there is something to it. Usually it is used for IBS rather than GERD. Glad it worked for you. I have never head of Efexum though.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Bron, thats very interesting - thanks for sharing your story. I have GERD and have also struggled with anxiety and depression. I haven't taken any meds for anxiety or depression, only CBT. The weird thing is, I've asked my doctor if anxiety/depression can cause or aggravate GERD and they told me no. I wonder if all depression meds would have the same affect, or is it something specific to efexum.

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   Posted 9/28/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Many ppl with chronic illness have anxiety and depression
so it is definitely a good thing for you that your GERD is at bay

Thanks for sharing your story

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