GERD :( FEAR OF SWALLOWING :( PANICK ATTACKS

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Princess Panick
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/12/2012 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya, i'm 25 years old and i've been suffering with GERD for about 4 years now and it has got worse over this period. It started off as adrenalin rush which I wasn't aware of at the time but is caused by stress/anxiety, this made me go to the gym for 2 hours a day and walk my dog for an hour in order to burn off some of this energy caused by adrenalin... in the process of doing so i use to forget to eat, i dropped about 3 stone in short few months. My family then recognised my problem as i began to have panick attacks everyday sometimes every 20 minutes... had the paramedics out a few times as i'd never heard of panick attacks, felt like a heart attack almost!!
I was forced to leave my job as i suffered from insomnia, stopped socialising as i had no energy to actually get up from my bed, I was out of breath all the time and had heart palpitations and could barely even swallow my own saliva let alone food or water as a result my body suffered major dehydration. This went on for 6 months until i slowly began to drink water more regular and eat a little, I soon realised i had developed a fear of swallowing food :( I could almost manage soft food like soup and then slowly went onto mashed potato but i would be full after a couple spoons. Its taken me 2 years to be able to sit at a table and eat a meal i still struggle. I have now developed GERD which is taking over my life, I know this is caused my stress/anxiety but i was also taking alot of medication on an empty stomach which could have effected my stomach acids and I now have acid reflux and panick attacks just before eating which closes up my throat and stomach like I am being strangled.
I am alot better than before I now have the job i've always dreamt of and do try to go to social gatherings that involve food so my confidence has grown but the GERD means I cannot eat food with bits or it comes back up like my body rejects it. I also get very dizzy and feel like my head is going to explode immediately after swallowing food or drink.
Some days I am so tired and lethargic I get really upset thinking why me? But from reading these forums I have realised there are alot of people suffering and I wish everyone the best and hope we can all find a solution, meanwhile if anyone would like to share their experience with me I would be much appreciative :)

 


ericapeace2000
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   Posted 7/12/2012 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
GERD has taken over my life as well. I am 29 years old and I was diagnosed 7 years ago. I did not follow all of the rules (I did not know half of the rules because my Dr. was an idiot and thought just giving me PPI should be fine) and it has gotten worse. For the past 4 months I have been on a very strict diet due to a major flare up before my wedding. I have tried natural suppliments and changed my PPI medication. I also started all the testing which I should have done years ago...make sure you get ALL the tests not just the endoscopy (like I did....saw the damage was mild and thought I was fine). The endoscopy results are still the same from when all this started but my symptoms are worse. I have to bring my food everywhere I go, have cut down on socializing because it is giving me anxiety and do not look forward to things I used to look forward to. I am trying not to let it rule my life but that has been hard. I have 2 jobs, one of which is my own buisness, a husband and friends and family plus 2 kittens. It has been very trying keeping up with it all when I do not feel great. If I felt ok, I would just deal with all the restrictions but when I still feel bad, then I get down. I am on a gluten free, dairy free, low fat, low acid, low cab diet and I STILL have some symptoms. I have not had alcohol in months. I went from a size 6/8 to a size 2 in 4 months. I had to go on a low antidepressant dose beacause of the stress. I know other people are suffering. Especially those with digestive disorders because it affects your life in so many ways. We are all here to support you.
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

rager201216
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   Posted 7/13/2012 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the same boat 10 years ago before I had y surgery and even though I am having some issues now, it's been good. As far as anxiety, go to psychiatrist and get prescription for anti anxiety medication - I took Paxil and it helped me greatly. It will not cure your reflux but it will calm you down and help your stomach feel better as well. Or try small dose of Xanax or Klonopin - they are very addictive but help a lot. I only took Paxil for about a year - until I got my anxieties and fears caused by GERD under control. I had no problems getting off of it - I did it very slowly though.

Princess Panick
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/13/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing a much better job at dealing with my anxiety, I did have medication at one point but it made me feel lethargic all the time and I couldn't function, I then tried some herb extracts from holland & barrat such as valerian root which helps. Its also available in a spray that I sometimes use just before dinner time. Today has been a good food day after a couple of months... I ate little but often and avoided tomato based foods, I'm suffering a bit at the moment but not nearly as much as some nights.
Does anyone else have a fear of swallowing foods? If so, what triggered this for you? :(
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