My guess is that your worsening condition has less to do with NyQuil and more to with what you mentioned afterwards.
So you started a stressful job in Sept., drink more coffee (likely to meet work-related demands), drink more alcohol (maybe it helps you wind down and deal with stress), and drink NyQuil perhaps due to insomnia.
Research has shown that there is some association between heartburn and psychological factors for many of those suffering from GERD-related symptoms. Actually, one of the most-cited research studies on this subject found that, even more than anxiety and depression, 'vital exhaustion' seemed to exacerbate heartburn more than any other psychological factor that the researchers measured in their patients. Vital exhaustion is a very 'deep' kind of exhaustion where you feel 1) extremely exhausted and tired when you aren't doing work or drinking caffeine, 2) more irritable and impatient, 3) more depressive symptoms, such as repeated feelings of hopelessness about
something, or even generalized hopelessness, and 4) can cause abnormal heart rhythms and even lead to heart attack.
In my opinion, vital exhaustion has many overlapping characteristics with occupational burnout. Perhaps the latter just represents a specific type/category of vital exhaustion.
The condition has gained traction because, in many instances, it can result in a heart attack and death. But like I said, from a 2004 study linking psychological factors to increased heartburn symptoms, there was a stronger association between heartburn and vital exhaustion than other psychological factors, including anxiety and depression.
Maybe this is something that needs to be addressed with this in mind?
Post Edited (EJohn) : 6/18/2017 6:45:33 PM (GMT-6)