they do seem to go hand in hand more often than not, from what I've read on this board and from my own experience. I never even believed in panic attacks (for me) but last year I suffered from them, also same time my gerd/lpr was diagnosed. hmmm. now the anxiety is under control (no drugs, just mind control and breathing), but I still am stressed just living with all the pressure and stress that is REAL and surrounding me, so I think it all takes its toll.
what came first? and does it matter?
the truth is they are separate but connected. the physical symptoms of reflux are terrible and wear on your psyche.
some days i don't even look to the next day, I just look to the next HOUR to get me through. Just try to live in the moment as best you can with whatever tools/meds/help you can bring into your life.