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skooby
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   Posted 8/13/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I need some reassurance until i can get to the doctor next month....

In 2005 i was under major stress (my son at 15 passed away) and i started having problems swallowing. I put off get the scope done for a year because i was scared of what they would find. In 2006 i finally went for it and they found absolutely nothing wrong. Well now the problem is starting over again. about a month ago i was eating tri-tip and it felt like it was sliding and sticking to my throat since then i am aware of everything i swallow.

Is it possible for it to go from nothing 4 years ago to the big "C". I am at a point the anxiety is making me unable to function at my job.....Please someone answer...

Thanks

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 8/13/2010 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you think it's stress related? I'm presuming it went away after your scope in 2005?? Stress does terrible things to our bodies! My tummy is always very bad when I'v been worrying about things.

skooby
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   Posted 8/14/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if its stress or not...I have put myself on over the counter prevacid for the past four days and have not really noticed much improvement. I seem to be fine when i first start to eat but then feel like the food starts to back up into my esophagus....

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   Posted 8/14/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Chew slowly and throughly, take little bites, put on some relaxation music while eating. Give the medicine time to build up to see if it helps.
Joy

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AlishaMichelle7
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   Posted 8/15/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It's probably the anxiety that's causing the symptoms. I know for me that anxiety, causes or at the very least, exacerbates my symtpoms.

I notice similar symptoms when I get nervous as well and they miraculously diaspear when I am not paying attention while eating- like if I'm at a restaurant with friends while eating, no symptoms until I think about it again.

Anyways, going to the doc to have it checked out is always a good thing. I think most of us would agree that we don't think it's the "C" word but there are many consequences of GERD that are much less deadly that could account for your symptoms.

skooby
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   Posted 8/16/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your reply's. I am feeling a little bit better and know you are probably right ANXIETY is not good.

AlisaMichelle7 you are completely right when you say not to think about it. Yesterday my husband and I split a soft pretzel at the mall and I had absolutely no problem eating it. I wonder if its true that thinking about it only makes the problem feel more prominent then it actually is.

I am still going to discuss this with my doctor when i see him next month.

rlopez75
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   Posted 8/16/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest it being anxiety as well. Even now after my surgery I still feel reflux symptoms when I stress, yet my wrap is tight as a frogs but, lol! Stress is horrible and your sense of awareness gets heightened when you start paying attention to what going on in your body. I used to obsess about my heart beat and would feel every beat through out my body. I thought I suffered from high blood pressure, but it was just my over awareness.

Definitely discuss any concern you might have with your doctor.

BTW, I'm sorry for your loss. I cant even begin to imagine what a loss like that must feel like.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/16/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I am sorry for your loss too and I do understand how you feel.  Stress can cause many problems but do have a check up to make sure it is not a physical problem.
Gentle Hugs,
 
Kitt

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skooby
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   Posted 8/17/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your kind words....

I know this is not a grief thread but to tell you the truth everything went to pot after Chris' passing. Six months after his death i developed the swallowing problem, I went thru menopause two months after the fact at age 40 (does not run in my family) the doctor does not think it was related to the grief but i beg to differ. I was on prozac and that was the worst drug i have ever been on after 5 months my head felt like it was on fire so i quit cold turkey.....BIG MISTAKE the withdrawls from that was a living nightmare....

Anyways thanks again been on the prevacid a week and am feeling better. I have heard about side effects from this drug and am dreading what it to come. i guess we will just have to wait and see.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/17/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
skooby,

I understand to well  how everything changes in your life when you lose a child.  Our son died in a car crash when he was just 21 and it has been 20 years now.
 
I have a dx of depression and anxiety along with GERD.   I have always had a bad habit of worrying about the "what ifs" but after our son died it seemed to escalate.
 
This type of anxiety is known as anticipatory anxiety.

Anticipatory anxiety is where a person experiences increased levels of anxiety by thinking about an event or situation in the future. The worries you experience specifically focus on what you think might happen, often with catastrophic predictions about the event.

To begin treating anticipatory anxiety, we must be able to admit that we cannot predict the future. Any scenario we are able to imagine is nothing more than speculation and fabrication.

I have a therapist who has helped me to learn how to stay grounded but I still find I will fall into the "what if" thinking.  I am wondering if you have ever tried therapy to help you deal with all you have been through. 

We seem to share something in common as I was just 42 when our son died and it felt like my life was over for a very long time.  Allow yourself to grieve in your own way and remember there is no time limit on how long you grieve for your son, Chris.  I still cry for my son but also I try to remember all the love we shared in the 21 years he was with us.

Blessings,

Kitt

 
 
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skooby
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   Posted 8/18/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt

My God their is a name to it and you just described me to a tee. I meant to reply to you earlier but needed some time to absorb what you said. Last night when my husband and i got home from work i read him what you wrote and sat their and cried like a baby. I never knew there was a name for this anxiety. When it hits bad i sit there waiting for the men in white coats to come and take me away. The anxiety at times can become debilitating to the point that i cannot function.

This past month has been particularly bad due to some personal issues going on in my life.

Thank you again for putting a name to this horrid problem.

I also want to send my condolences to you on your loss. As you said it never goes away you just have to learn to deal with it. People don't understand they seem to set a limit on how long you are suppose to grieve. There is not an hour that goes by where i don't think of Chris. He would have been 20 now and i wonder what he would be doing now....Its all very unfortunate and it never should be this way we are not suppose to bury our kids they are suppose to bury us.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/18/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I am so glad I was able to help you with the anxiety and remember you are not going crazy.  We have a great anxiety forum that you may want to check out. You will find me in that forum also.  smhair
 
I also wonder what my son would have been doing all these years and if he would have married and perhaps I would have had another grandchild or more?
 
I am here for you so please know I care and my email is also open if you would like to contact me.  All you have to do is click on the blue envelope under my name ( in the left hand column)  in my posts and you will be linked to my email.
 
I wish you peace,
Kitt
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