I'm not qualified to say you have GERD, but those are all GERD symptoms (post nasal drip, difficulty swallowing, tight chest, irritated throat). And some of them are anxiety symptoms, too.
A lot of people who have anxiety have both, as do I, and as far as I'm concerned each condition makes the other worse. If you successfully treat one condition, the other will probably get at least a little better. If you treat both, obviously you'll get a lot better.
When I was first prescribed Klonopin, I was scared to death to take it. At the time I was on Prevacid, and somehow got it in my head that IT was CAUSING my A/P (made no sense, I know) and I stopped taking it. Well, after a week or so, my GERD got so bad that my A/P was even more unbearable, so after several weeks of staring at the Klonopin bottle I finally took it. Within a couple of days BOTH issues got much, much better. Then in a week or two the GERD returned and I went back on the Prevacid.
Prevacid alone helped, but never worked all that well until I started the Klonopin. Together they worked a charm.
But recently I've switched insurance, and as long as a PPI is on the market OTC (Prilosec OTC), they will not cover Prevacid or any other PPI. I've been shelling out the dough for Prilosec, which isn't cheap, and have still seen a return of GERD symptoms. And, with that, an increase in anxiety.
I wish there were more clinical research about
the relationship between these two conditions.
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