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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/16/2012 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

My father (60 yr old, INDIA) was diagnosed with heartburn from last 10 years. He is using over the counter medications whenever the heart burn flares up.

Recently he had GERD , heart palpitations,shortness of breath,sweating,anxiety attacks from last 3 months.

He has seen many Doctors in these last 3 months. They took x-rays for heart said its fine and did endoscopy and said there is ulcer.

Dr prescribed GERD medications they are not helping much.

Whenever he is getting his heart palpitations, Shortness of breath he is scared to death. Are these coming because of Anxiety.

Is it due to Anxiety? Does Counseling helps the anxiety.

What relaxation techniques we have to try to keep him calm.. Please help me..

We are helpless.

Any help is really appreciated.


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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 6/16/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
As you know, anxiety is a vicious cycle so try to relax. Stress can cause ulcer.. but once your stress is better, you will hve a better time :)

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/16/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety and Stress do effect muscles. This will both effect Heart muscles and LES muscles (for GERD).
Counselling or taking mind out of it could help. Try some life style changes like morning walk, drinking 2-3 glasses of water after waking in morning. Eating light and non-acid foods (no tea,no coffee, no spicy or fatty food, no tomato, no raw onions, no fried or oily foods). Eat vegetables and fruits. rice , wheat, milk, herbal tea are ok in moderation. No too much salt, chilli, pepper etc.
Yoga, jogging and mediation could help. Evoid exercise (except meditation) after eating or drinking (except water) for 2-3 hrs.
Massage, bathtub or streambath can help too. Again avoid it within 3-4 hrs of eating.

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   Posted 6/16/2012 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sun,
Anxiety is very common with GERD.  We see it all the time with folks that come to the forum for help.  Since it can spiral out of control over time, it can be very devastating.  It is a very good idea for your father to get counseling help in addition to the medical care he is receiving.  There is a very strong mind-body connection, and his recovery will be much faster if he can overcome his anxiety.  
Upper GI tract tissues take time to heal when they've been damaged by acid.  It's not a quick fix.  It will take a long time for things to heal, and if he can get help with his anxiety, it will definitely help a great deal.  
He is lucky to have you as his advocate!
Very best wishes,
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/16/2012 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your suggestions.

When he takes counseling he will be fine for 2 or 3 days LIKE NO heart palpitations,shortness of breath.

After 2 or 3 days again same symptoms. I feel like he is in very depressed state.

Does we have to take counseling everybody until he gets his self confidence back.

Are there any musical CD that help Anxiety.

How to overcome his anxiety..

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