GERD makes me into a health anxiety

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   Posted 9/18/2012 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Been diagnosed with GERD since feb, then recovered (i think) and rebounded in APril (due to stress) and till now... Did Endoscopy in June and on Pariet since till now im still having some globus and throat clearing often... And despite sleeping elvated, i still experienced some v mild sore throat. And i noticed a small small bump in my mouth (roof palate) for 2 mths already n its still there.. The ENT guy says its caused by acid irritation cos i always sleep on my right side) say monitor n see how.  The GI doc say its nothing. Tomorrow i m going to the dentist n check it out.. it makes me very very scared n depressed.. Why cant i get well? :(

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   Posted 9/19/2012 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I know it seems like forever that you have been dealing with GERD but as you read through the forum I am sure you have come accross members that have had GERD for many years along with surgery and other problems due to their dx.  I am hoping this will not be you and no matter what the disorder or disease it is very common for a person with a chronic illness to feel anxious and depressed re their own disorder.
Try to be positive.  It is imperative not to allow yourself to be swallowed up by longing for the "good ole' days."  A positive attitude is vital to successfully living with a chronic health problem. One thing that will help you to maintain a positive attitude is to keep a balanced view of the medical world. Remember that no 2 people are alike and your GERD will be different and unique to you. 
When you feel youself overcome by feels of anxiety or depression do something to take your mind off of GERD - get outside and take a walk,  read a good book, talk with a friend, and stay connected with your family and friends. 
Be your own best advocate and believe that you have many good days, weeks, months and years coming your way.
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   Posted 9/19/2012 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt for your comfort words. :)

Looks like im going to be in here for a loooong time..

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   Posted 9/21/2012 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   

During the first few months of contracting this illness, one will normally feel disoriented, confused as one struggles to manage it. I remember in my first few months, i didn't even how how to sleep well at night, didn't know what food could trigger my symptoms. A few more months later, you will learn how to control the illness and it will surprise you less and less. As you read more, learn more, you will pick up tricks to manage it, at least to a comfortable level.
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