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Old 08-30-2011, 04:08 AM   #1
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Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

It's been a month since I was diagnosed with h.pylori. After 2 weeks of antibiotics + nexium, my symptoms (including a lump in my throat and anxiety) presisted. My doctor instructed me to take nexium for 2 more weeks before going to a more specialised doctor. I was wondering if GERD can cause anxiety, as I haven't had anything like this before, or is anxiety that can cause GERD (or make it worse)?

 
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

I think that work stress increased my acid reflux and gastritis. When I retired the gastritis went away and the reflux was some better. For me, the reflux does produce anxiety. It wakes me up at night and I have an anxious feeling.

 
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

Hi,
It is a vicious circle.
In my case, a drug episode triggered an anxiety / stress disorder, and for over a year i've had problems with Gastritis and Gerd. Elevated adrenaline levels mean higher levels of acid production. The symptoms of gerd (stuff like heart palpitations, spasms, chest / stomach pain etc) in turn create more anxiety / stress.
So ye, it's a vicious circle.
With regards to GERD, its about treating the underlying cause. In my case, the doctor believes it is stress, and also stimulants such as alcohol.

 
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

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It's been a month since I was diagnosed with h.pylori. After 2 weeks of antibiotics + nexium, my symptoms (including a lump in my throat and anxiety) presisted. My doctor instructed me to take nexium for 2 more weeks before going to a more specialised doctor. I was wondering if GERD can cause anxiety, as I haven't had anything like this before, or is anxiety that can cause GERD (or make it worse)?

I had the same treatment two yrs ago for H.Pylori and an Ulcer.
Now I have all the same symptoms back again and will more than likely have to go through the same again.
To say this complaint causes anxiety is an understatement.
Both the condition and its horrible treatment have caused me great anxiety and sometimes almost panic.
I never in my life had these symptoms until I got H.Pylori, I also have AR/GERD and blame it all on the H.P, and its treatment.
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

My anxiety isn't getting better I seem to have developed a "fear" of going out. Whenever somebody even mentions going out I feel the lump in my throat again, and have difficulty swallowing. It's all very stupid really. What's more, on the day that I'll go out, I feel unwell all day along with the lump and eventually I choke, but really hard like I'm going to vomit. After that, I feel much better. Like I said, very strange. At what point do I stop blaming the virus and start blaming myself?

 
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

Some people report anxiety when taking Nexium. It's not listed as a side effect according to the manufacturer, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. Maybe try stopping it and see if that helps. Anxiety and GERD are a vicious cycle.....it like the chicken and the egg......which came first Good luck!

 
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It's been a month since I was diagnosed with h.pylori. After 2 weeks of antibiotics + nexium, my symptoms (including a lump in my throat and anxiety) presisted. My doctor instructed me to take nexium for 2 more weeks before going to a more specialised doctor. I was wondering if GERD can cause anxiety, as I haven't had anything like this before, or is anxiety that can cause GERD (or make it worse)?

I have been on Nexium for just over two weeks for a suspected Ulcer, the second one Ive had.
I have now developed a lump feeling in my throat like a marble, this also causes anxiety as you cant see anything and wonder what it is.
Its a vicious circle as you tend to swallow all the more to see if its still there or gone. I also find Nexium causes me to have a very dry throat.
I will not continue with this pill for much longer.
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Re: Does GERD cause anxiety, or the other way round?

I have had GERD for several years now (approximately 4). Anxiety definitely makes GERD worse! and of course, the worse it gets, the more anxiety you feel about it. The best things I found to do were get on a good medication- Im on Protonix, 2nd, talk to someone about whatever is bugging you or write it down. When its really acting up, I find that Tums take the edge off just enough for me to start to calm down and things continue to get better from there. Mine has been much better since they took my gallbladder out. Granted, it has only been a week since they did but it has helped a lot as long as I keep taking my meds. I am what they call a lifetimer- I will probably never be able to get off of meds for GERD.

 
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