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hearty
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   Posted 4/24/2006 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms have kicked into overdrive this week...coninciding with being offered a job and having to make a very big decision about where to work...also nervousness about the interviews, etc....
 
Can this be a coincidence?  I feel awful....lots of chest pain and bad digestive symptoms like very loose stools, belching, and gas.  Also, I have started throwing up into my throat again and feel the need to clear my throat a lot.
 
Can all this gerd stuff be anxiety related?
 

Nell1965
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   Posted 4/25/2006 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
yes,anxiety can worsen the symptoms, some people still think its anxiety that causes them in certain folk,i know when im anxious my symptoms get worse, good luck anyway.
Nell

hearty
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   Posted 4/25/2006 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
How do you know if you need to see a doctor about the anxiety? I can't stand the chest pains but I have to admit they get worse when I am anxious. My husband woke me up in the middle of the night cause I was clenching my teeth so hard it woke him up. Also, I toss and turn now. All this since the job offer. I feel so weak. Why should something so basic cause such a reaction in me? I feel like the weight of the world is on me. Also, my daughter is moving to college soon so I know that anxiety is in the back of my mind and I am a caregiver for my husband.

Nell1965
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   Posted 4/25/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
if you have a good relationship with your gp you could talk to him/her about it medications can help but i think its worth trying some other things first like alternative therapies, relaxation, and some of the talking therapies, i ended up having to take anti depressants to help me to start getting everything sorted out in myhead so im pretty much an anxiety and symptom expert now, lol

hearty
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   Posted 4/25/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
how do i learn about these alternatives? My gp is a nice guy but he would refer me to someone else for anything outside his daily doctoring if you know what I mean. I really don't want to do that. Let me ask you...is muscular pain associated with anxiety? I have been a lot stressed since Thursday and my muscles in my shoulder, neck, all the way into my face on one side as well as my calf muscles have been hurting me. Also, this stomach stuff causes my chest to ache. I know there is a connection cause I felt so good...with no muscular pain before I got offered 2 jobs and confusion set in. I have muscle relaxants but I hesitate to take any drugs. I just want to get rid of these physical symtpoms. Oh...I also seem to do so much better if I am busy...like my mind is occupied. It is almost like I focus on the pain and it gets worse. I am not having these problems while I sleep which indicates to me it is not as physical as anxiety. Thanks for answering these questions!

Nell1965
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   Posted 4/25/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
oh yes,muscular pain is associated with anxiety,when we are anxious we hold all our poor muscles tense and then they get stiff and sore and when we do relax them we feel pain in them, particularly the upper part of the body, including the scalp (which is what causes tension headaches) as for where to find the other stuff,read up about it all online you can find out so much on the web,but dont repeat dont google your symptoms.
Nell

hearty
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   Posted 4/25/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So...don't google my symptoms. Obviously, this is so I don't get overwhelmed with every possible cause. I can understand the wisdom of that. So...are muscle relaxants what the docs offer?

Nell1965
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   Posted 4/25/2006 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
dont take muscle relaxants unless you are really but the one of choice tends to be diazepam which although im not saying it doesnt have its place the best thing to learn to do is tackle the cause not treat the symptoms. What tends to happen with anxiety is people get anxious, then they get anxiety symptoms then there anxiety shifts from the original source on to the symptoms which in turn worsens the symptoms, its a viscious circle and getting off it is the hardest thing in the world. most docs will offer antidepressants which can help in some cases with anxiety but again i would reserve them for further down the road, the treatment of choice at the moment for anxiety conditions is cognitive behaviour therapy.
Nell

hearty
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   Posted 4/26/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the good advise. I try so hard to avoid meds cause ALL my problems started when I went to the doctor and went on tons of meds while he used me as a guinie pig!! Then the problems started. I learned a valuable lesson at a high cost. I have been recovering from that doctor for 2 years now. The doctor I am going to now will write scripts but he tells me he takes nothing and he warns me about possible side effects and tells me to weigh the risks before I pop the pill.

I guess the worse part of gerd, muscle pain, whatever is when you think what if it is something serious, should I go to the doctor, etc...
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