GERD, humidity, and anxiety

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speedygerd
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   Posted 6/16/2014 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I've had GERD for about 2.5years now and struggled off and on with it continually.

One thing I've noticed recently is that when I travel (for vacation or work) I often see a cessation of the vast majority of my symptoms. Two of my biggest problem areas are sleep and driving (get bad reflux in the car) and when I'm out on travel, both of these seem to completely resolve.

Has anyone else experienced this? I'm trying to figure out if it's from environmental factors (more humidity when I travel, as I come from a very dry climate, different allergens, etc.) or if it's something internal, like reduced stress / anxiety that reduces my symptoms. It's very odd but in my experience a very real effect. I have a somewhat stressful home life (my wife and I both work + three kids), so I'm imagining that relief from my day to day responsibilities is at least some of it.

Any feedback or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated!

angelcat
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   Posted 6/16/2014 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Same thing with me. Going out on a vacation or somewhere else makes my symptoms lessen or disappear. They seem to go away when I'm busy or when I am talking to someone.
I WANT to believe most of my symptoms are all in my head and from anxiety. As of now Im still observing my symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, bloating, burping)
26, F, Gerd, Lpr, Allergy, Anxiety, Hypochondria

Daxter
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   Posted 6/17/2014 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
speedygerd said...
Hi All,

I've had GERD for about 2.5years now and struggled off and on with it continually.

One thing I've noticed recently is that when I travel (for vacation or work) I often see a cessation of the vast majority of my symptoms. Two of my biggest problem areas are sleep and driving (get bad reflux in the car) and when I'm out on travel, both of these seem to completely resolve.

Has anyone else experienced this? I'm trying to figure out if it's from environmental factors (more humidity when I travel, as I come from a very dry climate, different allergens, etc.) or if it's something internal, like reduced stress / anxiety that reduces my symptoms. It's very odd but in my experience a very real effect. I have a somewhat stressful home life (my wife and I both work + three kids), so I'm imagining that relief from my day to day responsibilities is at least some of it.

Any feedback or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated!


The allergens and humidity factors both sound plausible in their own ways. In fact I'm considering trying a humidifier for my room to see if it helps..! When yoy say travel, do you mean abroad or just nationally? If it is stress related - and trust me, I hope it is - maybe you just associate your local work and surroundings with reflux symptoms unconsciously?

Some people have said the extra sunlight abroad gives then more vitsmin d3 which supposedly helps reflux, but I think you can safely ignore that theory; I've been on vitamin d3 supplements for a year now and I get sufficent sunshine anyway, but it hasn't improved anything for me. :)

Andy1986
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   Posted 6/17/2014 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
It could also be a change in your diet when you travel. Is there anything you eat regularly at home but not at all when you go away? Maybe you could try and elimination diet to see if something is making the symptoms worse.

ParrotSlave
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   Posted 6/19/2014 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in Florida for 2 months this past winter and although I did still suffer it became considerably worse when I returned home. I live in Canada and it's very dry because of heating in the winter.

I did put a humidifier in my room and it helped somewhat.
I was waking up many times coughing in the night and I think the dry air was partly to blame.
It's summer here now so the humidity is higher and I'm not waking up coughing as much.
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