emotions and LPR

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   Posted 12/2/2011 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I am usually on the fibro and chronic pain boards but have been having symptoms since this summer and was recently diagnosed with LPR. My question is does your reflux issues get worse when your emotions are negative? What about when you are in a place you don't what to be?

Thanks much for any insight you may have to offer. Lee
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   Posted 12/2/2011 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lee,
I expect others to weigh in soon, I'm certain that GERD, LPR or otherwise, is definitely affected and made worse by emotions and stress.
Here's a link with more information.  You've probably already Googled the topic, but there are lots of resources supporting your assumption.
I hope things get feeling better for you soon!

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   Posted 12/2/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise for the link. I had indeed read that stress will increase reflux problems. The only thing is if someone asked me if I felt stressed I would tell them no. I don't have the things going on in my life that are usually associated with stress.

The reason this question came up is that I have noticed when I go to the city about 80 miles from here for various reasons including seeing my college student daughter, my LPR does great despite eating things I probably shouldn't. But when I'm back here again it flares right back up, even sometimes on the drive back. I don't feel stressed but borderline unhappy to be here. I guess unhappiness causes stress too even if you don't feel those types of symptoms.

Thanks again and I hope you are doing well today. Lee
Hope and attitude are everything. Never, never, ever give up.

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   Posted 12/2/2011 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I also don't experience stress, and my resting pulse (50-54bpm) and blood pressure are very low.  Interestingly, when I was a professional singer, under circumstances in front of larger audiences, I did experience fairly extreme stage fright, which was enough to impact my ability to sing at my best.  Rapid pulse, "tunnel vision", forgetting lyrics, and bronchial spasms that prevented deep breaths.  I now wonder if, especially the bronchial spasms, could have been due to the asthmatic symptoms brought on by the LPR...which, at the time, was beyond my understanding (I completely lost my singing voice a few weeks later).
As others have said, the causes of GERD can be many, and difficult to pin down.  As my mother came down with reflux at almost the same time as me (although she's 27 years older), at least in my case, there appears to be some sort of predisposition.
Thanks for those great genes, Mom!  ;-)
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