reasons of GERD (stress related?)

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   Posted 1/24/2013 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello from London to you all, my dear fellow sufferers !

I've been reading the forum for a while and learned a lot. Thank you, people for being there and sharing your good and bad! I just wanted to post my question, which no doubt all of us keep asking ourselves and our doctors.

Why did we get it? What could have possible caused it? I've been experiencing GERD (haven't been diagnosed yet, as only now starting to see the doctors) for the last 5 months. For me last year 2012 was the year of lifestyle change, as I started running (having never done any physical activity), hiking and generally looking after my diet, which seamed to me pretty healthy. Although in retrospective in search of a reason and analizing every bloody detail of what, WHAT went wrong, I realise I was overindulging on yoghurt, cottage cheese and chocolate.
In the very end of August I changed jobs, having gone through a strain of stress. My new job brought even more stress - tons and hips of it. The job itself and also the worry to loose it, in spite of hating it. I remember so vividly the first day when I got GERD and even the exact moment. It was bizarre! I am still searching for an answer. Still trying to figure out the reasons that caused it?!
It would be great to hear the opinions of what may have caused it for you? I am also wondering how much stress is to play in getting GERD? If I got it from stress, can I stop it by being calmer, more composed and relaxed? My stress level has improved since, however my GERD is progressing, I think. Every now and then, my symptoms evolve.
I am trying to figure out, if some deeper psychophysical issues or dealing with them can help to bring back health and get rid of GERD. Pills, operations, diet, etc - I understand that all the measures may be considered. But how about the mental/psychophysical well-being?

Post Edited (SouthernComfort) : 1/24/2013 7:25:04 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/24/2013 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

I don't think there is any one reason for getting reflux. I had a little for years and was OK with just treating with antacids and as things progressed, with PPIs. Eventually I figured out I had reflux episodes after eating certain meals and particularly after a glass of wine. I went to an allergist who said I had food allergies, but they were not anything on the skin prick test. She had me keep a food journal. After I had a list of foods I did "challenge testing" which you can read about if you put the words in the search box at the top of the page.

My experience is different from others'. It took an experienced doctor to help me. My gastro doc didn't believe me when I told him I had my episodes under control with diet. I still needed the PPIs, but had no more attacks. That was until I was in a bad wreck and my stomach was pushed into my chest. Then I needed surgery.

Keep reading the threads. You'll hopefully find someone's experience that is similar to yours. And see your doctor! We are only patients.

Best wishes.
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