GERD, Anxiety and Nausea

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 6/29/2013 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with GERD and a small hiatal hernia after an EGD about a year and half ago.  I also suffer from anxiety and constantly worry about everything.  One of my main symptoms is nausea.  It usually starts in the morning and last through out most of the day.   I am usually fine in the evenings.  I take Prilosec in the morning. I have valium for my anxiety and usually take 2.5mg to 5mg a day.  Never more than that.  I also have Compazine for my nausea but it doesn't seem to help that much.  The nausea is ruining my life!  Does anyone else have nausea as the main symptom of their GERD or hernia?  Any help in how to curb my anxiety would be appreciated.  Are the GERD, anxiety and nausea all interrelated?  I don't vomit unless I force my self.  I have had blood test done including a complete liver function test due to an elevated ALT and AST a year ago which was due to taking a lot of Tylenol the week that my blood was drawn.  Levels returned to normal after I quit the Tylenol. Had an abdominal ultrasound done a year ago and that came back normal. Tested negative for hepatitis on my liver function test. Can nausea be a result of my severe anxiety and worrying and GERD?

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   Posted 6/29/2013 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Nausea may be caused by anxiety, or it may be caused by an illness or poor eating habits. Before you can treat your anxiety nausea, you need to ensure that you know exactly what symptoms of anxiety are affecting you and what type of anxiety is most likely to cause nausea.

I would suggest that you follow up with your Dr. re anxiety as well as checking out our Anxiety and Panic Forum here in HealingWell.

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   Posted 7/1/2013 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, nausea has been a big problem for me and was my main symptom, with pain being the other main symptom. The nausea was not helped by the PPI until I tried taking it at night instead of before breakfast. That made some difference and also acupuncture has helped a lot too. I have recently discovered that night time Gaviscon makes my nausea worse, so now I avoid that!

I would return to your PCP and discuss the cause of your nausea and about trying the PPI at night.

I do sympathise as the nausea really affected what I could manage and as eating relieved my nausea, I have gained weight as a result of my particular variety of GERD mad

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Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

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Date Joined Nov 2012
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   Posted 7/1/2013 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have GERDS, anxiety, and nausea. I truly think that they all go hand in hand. I'm constantly worrying about my symptoms because I always think that it may be something else. So when I'm nauseated and constantly feeling tired and sick, I start over thinking and my anxiety kicks in full force making me feel worse. I'm on meds for the GERDS symptoms, but dr. won't prescribe anything for the nausea because of the side effects and home remedies contradict the acid reflux I have. I feel so alone in this because I feel like I don't know what to do at times. The nausea is horrible!

Ian Victor
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 7/1/2013 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Karual-- Are you being treated for anxiety? There are many non-addictive medications e.g. SSRIs that effectively treat anxiety. I am also an anxiety suffer and I have also worked over 16 years in the mental health field as a licensed therapist. I know anxiety well. Anxiety will often exacerbate gastrointestinal distress. I'm having reflux surgery next month and preparing myself for the anticipatory anxiety that often accompanies surgery. My suggestion is that you treat the anxiety in conjunction with your GERD symptoms. Talk with your physician. Keep in mind that both anxiety and GERD are treatable conditions. You can eventually find relief. Good luck to you.

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