For years ONLY 3 days out of a month would I feel the way I should. No anxiety, no physical symptoms, etc.
The big picture here is that if you suspect you have anxiety or GERD or both, be sure to see your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The good news is that both can be effectively treated. These studies are not suggesting that anxiety directly causes GERD or vice versa.
Heartburn hurts, and pain causes stress. Patients with acid reflux may be reluctant to eat properly due to throat discomfort. They don’t eat to avoid triggering more acid overflow into the esophagus.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be causing this, as I have never experienced this before a year ago? Also, any advice as to what I can do to calm my symptoms down to fall asleep at night? Any information or advice would be so much appreciated. Some of those with anxiety claim they get help from exercise and jogging.
However, with working on my anxiety, I have improved a lot, and can handle a stressful situation without throwing up. There isn’t much advice out there for people with acid reflux who are just anxious and not overweight. I’m skinny (mostly from anxiety). The comorbidity between psychological illness and GORD has been shown to be clinically relevant, in that the response to GORD treatment, both pharmacological  and surgical , is lower amongst patients with psychopathology, and certain antidepressants, especially tricyclics, appear to aggravate GORD symptoms .
I ate a lot yesterday and it was mostly dairy so these are triggers for me. I talk to my friends and family about it and tell them that I need peace and recovery time just now. Well I’m pretty sure you have health anxiety related to your cardiovascular system. Because I read this and think of myself as this is exactly what I have.
In adults, episodes tend to occur less frequently, but usually last longer for 8 days. These recurrent, characteristic episodes are extremely similar within each individual, often beginning at the same time of day, with the same severity, duration and associated symptoms, as in previous episodes.
During the fight or flight response especially, the body completely shuts off the digestive system because we don’t need it at that moment. Which is why our appetite is reduced when extremely anxious. The longer the food stays in the stomach the acid will back up in your oesophagus. This can causes chest pain, painful throat, nausea and even diarrhoea.
Many adults with cyclic vomiting syndrome are prone to anxiety or panic attacks, which can trigger episodes. Additional symptoms may occur during an episode including paleness of the skin (pallor), lack of energy (lethargy), fever, and drooling. The emesis is typically bilious (green or yellow).
Although hyperventilation syndrome may seem very similar to panic attacks, the two disorders are different. People with panic disorder often have emotional complaints (for example, fear of death or closed-in spaces) that accompany attacks. If a person has hyperventilation syndrome, however, he or she will have certain symptoms without these emotional complaints (although the person still may be anxious). It seems like the common tools used by doctors (proton-pump inhibitors and GERD diet) to deal with acid reflux are intended solely reduce symptoms, in the absence of any solid understanding of what causes them in a large number of people. My endoscopy came up blank except for a change in the Z-line of the esophagus and my gastric emptying test came out normal.
For patients in whom diagnosis is difficult, doctors may measure the acid levels inside the esophagus through pH testing. Testing pH monitors the acidity level of the esophagus and symptoms during meals, activity, and sleep. Newer techniques of long-term pH monitoring are improving diagnostic capability in this area. An upper GI series may be performed during the early phase of testing. This test is a special X-ray that shows the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the upper part of the small intestine).
Certain lifestyle factors may worsen acid reflux, including poor eating habits, such as eating large meals, lying down while – or shortly after – eating, or eating fried or fatty foods. Stress, which is closely linked to anxiety, is also known to worsen acid reflux. Both conditions are on the rise.
The constant chest pain, the constant meal planning, always worrying about what drugs you are taking and are they safe long term, the side effects and other digestive upsets caused by these drugs, being up all night and the fatigue from sleeplessness and pain. I have anxiety about going to bed because I have woken up many nights with rapid heart rates, bloating, gas, pain. I know that there are people suffering worse illnesses than me but I sometimes I just can’t help but get really down about it. I had a stomach stapling in 1985 to save my life. That it did but in the end, how much am I losing?
I am 63 yrs old and 8 months ago I started having problems with swallowing. I could not even drink liquids, consequently I lost over 40 lbs in a period of 4 months.
I will try a good anti acid today and am thinking it’s time to find another GP (they tend to brush off anything when you mention anxiety) and express how I am feeling, my symptoms and a referral to a psychologist. Also off to see a spiritual healer for some reiki/reading to see if she can shed some light on what is going on.