Could this be GERD?

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To start I have anxiety pretty badly especially health anxiety. Ive always belched up after eating for a while. Now lately probably for the last few months ive been getting a sharp pain in my esophagus when swallowing. Mostly spicy foods or dry foods. Sometimes I feel like getting choked on the food and have had to regurgitate it up before. Its gross but that has only happened once. Sometimes it even burns in my esophagus when I swallow water....what could this be? I'm not losing weight or throwing up blood or anything. I'm just a little scared to eat now sad

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    Hi Chelsea

    This sounds like GERD to me, I have suffered Acid Reflux? Gerd for nearly 2 years now and your symptoms are familiar to mine. Are you on any medication? I take PPI's which along with careful diet help control it but biggest problem is anxiety as this really does make it worse. Easy to say stop the anxiety but not so easy to do. 

    Hope you find a way of getting rid of this and start feeling better soon,

    All the best 

    Robin

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    It could be GERD or maybe an ulcer which can be treated. Anxiety is the worse thing as I am suffering from it as well as barrets and hypertension but anxiety makes things much worse. This might sound silly but try meditation or yoga. A simple trick to reduce anxiety is diaphragmatic breathing ( inhale deeply to the count of 3 then hold it counting to 3 and then exhale to the count of 6). But do go to the doctor and get it seen. The doctor may give meds if it is gerd. Good luck
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    Hey there smile

    Pain in your esophagus when swallowing could indeed be due to inflammation caused by reflux. That inflammation can even cause a narrowing of the esophagus and thus the sensation of food getting stuck or choking. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the truly best thing to do is call your doctor and let them refer you too a ENT or GI doctor.

    Those doctors see these cases daily and will direct you down the right coarse of action. Nothing about this sounds serious or untreatable. So relax, call your doctor when you can, and let the process play out. You will be fine smile

    God bless!

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