I can't help but reply to the comments above. I wrote a long reply and decided to abbreviate it.
I have a friend who has 3 lovely children. The last 2 were born with GI issues and required NF surgeries soon after they were born. The baby (about
10 mos now) is currently in an area hospital recovering from her 3rd surgery to correct not only GERD problems but post-NF surgery problems as well. She keeps forming scar tissue just as I did prior to surgery only hers is after as well. It's her body trying to protect her tiny esophagus from acid still refluxing after surgery.
Her name is Kennadie. I pray for her all the time because I've known her mom since she too was just a little girl. Her mom feels very guilty that two of her beautiful children were born with all these problems just as I could feel guilty every day that my GI health has not stacked up as many others were lucky enough to have as their lot at birth.
Little Kennadie has symptoms just like I do and she could be my great-grandchild. She can't create a positive outlook; she's too young to know what one is. She doesn't know how to buck up or be strong. And she didn't worry herself into the hospital and her surgeon and GI doc did not suggest pills to make her stop worrying so her acid would stop.
I know "nerves" probably don't do anyone any good but I don't think anxiety or depression can be the sole cause of anyone's GI or stomach issues just like they were not what caused little Kennadie's problems. Way too many people have actual anxiety and depression and they don't necessarily all the time have stomach acid issues.
I have a brother much older than myself. He came down with Mesothelioma after serving in the navy when he was just a kid. He has gone downhill now for several years and has problems with anxiety and depression die his illness but he does NOT have any acid reflux or stomach issues. He eats like a horse and stays skinny due to the illness. He has reasons to be worried but his stomach is fine.
I do think that many people go to the doctor with actual GI issues and come away with pills for anxiety and depression that mask their actual problems because in this day and age it's the easiest way to handle things for too many doctors.
My prayer is that one day it will be the actual disorder that the doctors focus on and not just on the side effects. It's not my "nerves" that wake me up in the middle of the night from a sound sleep. It's still some kind of reflux or its cousin even after Nissen surgery.
I'm remaining hopeful but I'm also looking answers.
It's not always in your head.
Post Edited (halloweenbaby) : 10/25/2011 2:49:22 PM (GMT-6)