Dealing w/ Psychological Aspects of GERD

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   Posted 11/14/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I am sure that, like some others here, the biggest worry about GERD isn't the quality of life issue, but the fear of long-term complications like Barrett's and esophageal cancer.

Does anyone have any good tips of things that have worked for them? I have tried counselling as well as some other things but none have been able to help me. As long as I have GERD symptoms I am terrified that damage is being done to my esophagus and that I will have Barrett's in no time, and eventually cancer and die from this. My mind is pessimistic and only see's worse case scenarios...

So has anyone been able to overcome this? When I am symptom free I am fine, and might even get overly optimistic, but when I am suffering symptoms I simply can't look beyond them. Any advice?

This has by far been the most frustrating aspect of GERD for me. If I knew that I would not die from this I would gladly accept the symptoms and get on with my life...its the fear that is difficult to deal with.

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   Posted 11/14/2011 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I replied on your other thread - I see your comment re counselling now.

Have you taken a close look at cancer statistics? You are far more likely to die from prostate or bowel cancer than from cancer of the oesophagus, the cause of which is uncertain and looks less and less likely to be anything like as closely related to Barretts as they originally thought. So much so, that one study I looked at was bascially saying "So if it's not due to Barretts then we need to start finding what DOES cause adenocarcinoma"!

Like you say, it's because your symptoms make you aware of your GERD on a daily basis, that it leads to more worry. But I do think distraction is good - the more you stop and think, the worse you will feel. Is there a different kind of counselling, like cognitive behavioural therapy, or even hypnosis, that you would be willing to try?

I do agree it's hard - I reject my GERD, I don't want it and I don't intend to keep it........ but on a daily basis I just try to accept it's along for the ride!

Also, logically thinking, if your GERD got very bad, rather than dying, do you not think you'd end up with the Nissen op and ablation therapy........??

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