Hi everyone. This board seems helpful and friendly :) I've had GERD since age 10 but today I'm here about my husband. He's the extremely anxious type.. I tend to be too, but I'm doing a pretty good job of staying levelheaded for his sake! He was diagnosed with GERD about 5 years ago... since I've suffered since childhood, a lot of things are 'been there, done that' for me, but he has been rather upset by his symptoms lately so I wanted to run them by you guys to get your thoughts.
For the past year he has been experiencing heartburn more frequently. He also gained a good deal of weight, and we both realize this is probably the main cause. He has also had extreme anxiety for the past couple of months. His doctor gave him an anti anxiety med that didn't really do much but keep him from sleeping and aggravate his GERD even more. He has stopped taking this medication after talking to the doctor. For the past few weeks, he says he has had almost constant pain in his back. At first it was on the 'front side' and now it is the back. I know this pain well, friends! It's not extreme but it can be worrisome if you don't know what it is. I had it on the front left side and was convinced it was my heart until I talked to my doc! I told him it was reflux, but unlike him, I have not had it constantly at any time. He's also having throat pain, coughing, etc. I tell him that its' just his GERD acting up but he is convinced it is more serious. (He has also changed his diet dramatically... for the better, but still, I think a change in diet could upset the condition as the body readjusts, no?) Of course, all of this is making his anxiety worse.
I realize it probably isn't serious (by the will of GOD). He's 30, only had this bad 'spout' of reflux for a few weeks, and has only had GERD symptoms on and off for the past 5 years or so.. also no family history, but I would appreciate any input. He is going to his general doc tomorrow and I think he's going to insist on a scope (I've had four of these!) . He hasn't had one before.. he had a barium swallow a few years ago which was ok. He was on Nexium for awhile in the past and he says that worked well. He talked to a doc a few weeks prior who gave him another kind of medicine (had never heard of it) which helped for a few days but not long term.
Thanks for reading :)