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Psychosomatic gerd and ways to handle
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My gerd seems to be psychosomatic in they sense even the slightest amount of work pressure seems to trigger it.in the absence of pressure, I am 90% fine. This wasnt the case earlier ( the problem was triggered by a prolonged real pressure at work ). Now despite a sufficient period of decrease in work,my brain interprets any work as pressure and reacts with increased burning,pain and acid in the stomach.

While I eat right avoiding spicy stuff etc, I want to reprogram myself to deal with everyday work without reacting to it in the form of stomach issues. It psyches me out to the extent of wondering how i can continue to work under the circumstances.any suggestions?
Posted on 02/03/12, 01:58 pm
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Reply #1 - 02/05/12  10:04pm
" Hi there, I have gerd for years now and for me its all anxiety related. I think i programed myself also but with understanding that its nothing more than controllable issues i dont have that many flare ups. Have you been to a gastrologist? See whether you actually have acid in your stomach or evidence of it to explain the burning. I believe my lack of coping with stress started all this for me and now I have a better way of coping with stress so Its not as bad. "
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Reply #2 - 02/09/12  9:35am
" hi i have had acid problems for over 20 years but the last year has been down hill started with a lump in my throat then the burning were i could not swallow or breath without burning so bad got sent to a gi specialist that told me i have hypersesative esophagus got a little better were the burning went away but started to eat ''normal'' again but woke up one morning and could not breath how do i know if it is anxiety related i know i have alot of anxiety but i dont know if it is all from me having so many problems over the past year or so they put me on theophlline for the esophagus problem but is that a real condition every time i eat a little. i get a stuffy nose and a tight chest and alot of regurgatation sorry for the spelling if anybody has any sugestions please let me know or if u have had similar problems thanks justin "
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Reply #3 - 03/15/12  12:41pm
" I, too, had anxiety related gerd. My physician put me on an anxiety med which made a big difference. "
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Reply #4 - 03/18/12  2:49am
" I know many people who have anxiety, that causes various illnesses, or makes them much worse. I know that it affects me to.
I am a strong believer in anxiety/depression meds. Many people worry that this will make the dependent, weak, ect, ect. I think that anxiety drugs are no different than any other medacine we take....for the relief of a problem.
If anxiety is making it worse, it certainly wouldn't hurt to speak to a doctor about this.

Best of Luck "
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Reply #5 - 03/18/12  2:51am
" The only Gerd medacine that works for me is dexilant "
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Reply #6 - 03/18/12  7:19am
" Both my major episodes of infammed stomach and acid have come about when I have been in periods of high stress. I don't know how its related all i can think is its something to do with the stress hormone being released?

This time around I have been left with chest spasms and breathlessness, which is a catch 22 i'm stressed about why i am feeling this way and then i get more symptoms.

Hugs to you, it feels like a neverending cycle. "
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Reply #7 - 05/04/12  7:53pm
" Hi Ive just read your posts and I don,t think that stomach problems are just related to anxiety. I have gastritis,a hiatus hernia and get a lot of reflux and pain. Today its been almost unbearable,whereas the two days before were ok. I went to see the doctor and she wants me to go on anti-depressents as I was upset about it. I have a lot of stress,money worries and health problems. I don,t work but my income is threatened,sick pay. I don,t know how to cope as Im getting unbearable pain most days. I have had some difficulty keeping off triggers like coffee. Im going to try. Will the tablets help do you think? I think with having the hiatus hernia thats the reason it keeps flaring up. Also the gastritis doesn,t help. How long have you had problems Wildcat? Im going to try two PPIs a day as suggested by the doctors. Im on Pantoprazole but it deosn,t seem to help up to now. "
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Reply #8 - 07/05/12  9:24am
" oh, there's a definite mind/gut connection ... lots of information on the net about this link, so no surprise that as I'm going through an emotionally-charged time right now, my reflux has reared it's ugly head. (I was fine for many months until recent set of events set off my reactivity which, in turn, flared my GI issues... No surprise to me at all.)

Here's a great link to a simple article that explains the connection, explaining the increase in pain receptors in the esophagus as well as this fact: "it's known that people who are stressed can have a drop in levels of hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins, which can help coat the lining of the stomach and protect it from acid, says Jonathan Schreiber, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "Once you are under stress, prostaglandin levels go down." Here's the link:

http://www.health.com/health/condit... "
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Reply #9 - 07/21/12  8:10pm
" My only suggestion is that I would like you to go back to the GI Specialist and see what is now going on, if anything. Better to be safe then sorry. I'm glad you are eating right, that makes a big difference. If this is bothering you and you honestly feel it's psychosomatic, then please talk to your doctor. thanks. "

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