I'm not a doctor and to my knowledge there haven't been any studies concerning what I'm about to say. I'm just going to tell you what appears to be working for me...it may not work for you. It's about anxiety, and the following is selected from a post I made in the Anxiety forum here at Healing Well:
"I know it's way, way early to say for sure...but I think I just found something that actually works (knock on wood). No panic attacks yesterday at all...and it's been a LONG time since I've had a day like that. It COULD be a coincidence but I doubt it. I ate some fried chicken at one point and it was like my stomach tried to go nuts but never quite did...and it waited until it was almost time for my next dose to do so. And check this out: I have GERD for a long time. Recently I started to suspect that my Prevacid was helping the GERD but causing other problems in my stomach, so I started to taper and then lost track so I just quit. Obviously heartburn had been acting up. But not yesterday, and with that fried chicken it should have. Could it be that the Klonopin may help my GERD? I suppose that could be a coincidence too...I have had days where that particular chicken didn't bother me. But maybe it's not?"
That selection refers to last Monday. Since then, I still have not taken Prevacid and my GERD symptoms are still much, much better. I've eaten some pretty bad foods, too: Doritos, cheap pizza, more fried chicken. Sometimes I get reflux and sometimes I don't, but when I do, one or two Maalox pretty much handles it. Before I started the anti-anxiety med I would often use Prevacid, Maalox, and Pepto Bismol AND still be miserable. When I eat something mild, I have no GERD symptoms whatsoever except some bloating, but it's not bad at all. I suspect my bloating is some other kind of problem...maybe leftover gastritis from the previous week (it seems to be going away gradually). Honestly, the way I feel now, if I were to stop smoking cigarettes I probably wouldn't have a GERD problem at all. I really do think it would go away completely.
The point is, if you suspect you may have any kind of anxiety problem, consider getting evaluated for it. With any luck, your GERD may also respond to similar treatment. I honestly feel like a miracle has happened to me. In the interest of full disclosure, there are some drawbacks to the particular anxiety medicine I'm taking (Klonopin), but if it comes up you should have a thorough conversation with your physician to determine whatever drug may help you.
I suspect this probably isn't applicable to most of the people who post here, but if it helps just one person then that'll be a good thing.