Acid reflux and anxiety

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Hi,

Has anyone had severe acid reflux after going through an extreme bout of anxiety?

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    Oh my gosh yes! Whenever i would have extreme panic attacks my acid reflux could get very bad. My symptoms involve

    -sharp pain on left side of the chest (rarely)

    -burning pain in the center of the chest or upper abdomen

    -shortness of breath

    -sometimes a bit of vomiting

    -sour taste in the back of the throat

    -strangely i would get heart palpitations but not that often

    -and when really severe it triggers a panic attack.

    Ive had acid reflux since i was a little kid. But it wasnt as severe back then because i didnt have such health anxiety. Sometimes it so severe i think its like a heart attack. I took prilosec for a while but stopped taking it because i heard it could cause dementia ( much later in life ).

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      Ugh, it's the worst! I have pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades, left arm pain, sore throat, cold feeling in my stomach and throat. I went to my gp today and she did an ekg to rule out heart attack. She did say I have a slight sinus arrhythmia so she referred me to the cardiologist. She wasn't really concerned, but she wants to be safe. Hopefully that goes well. Either way, the acid reflux is a pain literally!!!

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      Yea, i had actually had numerous ecgs over the summer and they all came back normal except for sinus tachycardia. I also went to a cardiologist because of my fear of sudden cardiac arrest. He did an echo and another ecg and said everything was perfect! I also get some pvcs here and there but he said not to worry about those. I heard that sinus arrythmmias are common, but its good that you're seeing a cardiologist anyway just to be safe! Im pretty sure your heart is ok though!

      As for acid reflux, i would try to avoid spicy food and all that, and drink a lot of water. But sometimes it could happen out of nowhere which really sucks.. sad and i love spicy food which makes it harder to cope with.

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      Well that makes me feel better. Hopefully my tests come back perfect yoo! :-)

      I'm definitely going to change my diet for the acid reflux. I seem to have it even if I haven't eaten anything. I've been under a lot of stress and dealing with health anxiety so maybe that's why.

      Either way, thanks for replying!

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    All the time. Don't worry, it's perfectly normal, because the anxiety stirs up the mind and stomach it causes the reflux. Anxiety and gerd go hand in hand

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    Yes omgggggg it is the worst , yes I have it , I get pains everywhere , especially in my upper back between my shoulders ugh and it gets tight makes me think I'm having a heart attack I get sharp pains in my side and chest , it gets intense , and as soon as I belch I feel the relief or pass gas , its horrible , I never new gas could be so brutal

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    Its like food just sits in my chest for a long period of time I have to like walk my food down ,it takes me so long to burp , its horrible
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    Hi

    Yes I'm on omeprozole for it which works a treat. I don't know whether it's caused by the anxiety or whether it's diet. My diet isn't the best tbf.

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