Will I suffocate/collapse with GERD breathing issues?

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   Posted 5/19/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I hope someone can offer me some advice. I have suffered from GERD and anxiety for coming up to a decade, and while the anxiety has remained fairly constant, the GERD is getting much worse - especially when I am stressed/anxious. I get worried about my breathing, which causes GERD... and the cycle continues.

My symptoms include: burning in the chest and across the top of my back, constant belching, huge amounts of mucous, difficulty swallowing, burning throat, feeling like I'm gonna suffocate.

I am on 80mg/day of Protonix and 10mg of Citalopram for the anxiety, but when it flares up, it isn't enough to control my symptoms.

I'm going on holiday for two weeks in under a month, and I am petrified that my GERD and anxiety will flare up, spoil the holiday, and leave me in a really bad way in a foreign country.

Any reassurance and advice greatly appreciated.


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   Posted 5/20/2010 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I had a similar panic a while ago before a trip to paris (I also have breathing problems and relux which causes lots of pain in my throat, tummy etc as well as episodes of stomach cramps and sickness) anyway I found in the end that being in a different place really alleviated my worry/ anxiety, I sort of left it at home! Without the anxiety I felt a lot better and I also found that I was really distracted from the pain by all the fun things we were doing. Another thing you could do is imagine the worst thing that could happen, yes you might have a bad flare up but it would only be as bad as it would be at home and there would still be moments of your holiday you would enjoy despite the pain. On another holiday I went on last month I got really sick for two days, as bad as I could have imagined, but I still had another five days I really enjoyed, in a way it was better getting sick there than at home because at least I didn't miss any work and I had beautiful surroundings to recover in.

In terms of practical things: make sure you stock up on your medicine, any over the counter stuff that helps and other things that you wont be able to get over there (I always take herbal tea bags when I go away); warn the person/ people you're going with that you might not be up to doing much and might need a lot of time to rest; prop the head of your bed up a few inches as soon as you get there; and do some research before you go about what local food will be good/bad for your gerd.

Hope you enjoy it!

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   Posted 5/20/2010 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply, Victoria.

I am actually going to New York and a few other cities, on my own :o ... for a fortnight. With all of my problems, it almost seems foolish to me now... and I'm petrified about my health while I'm there. Keep thinking the worst will happen while I'm by myself in a foreign country.

Just been to the docs, who has upped my dose of Citalopram... which I hope will help stop the anxiety triggers from being triggered. :(
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